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Lawmakers Reach Deal To Fund Government Into 2013

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The District appears to be temporarily shielded from another government shutdown thanks to a budget deal worked out by congressional leaders.

If the federal government has to shut down due to lack of funding, as was feared more than once last year, so does much of D.C.'s government. That's why local leaders are breathing a sigh of relief now that the top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have reached an agreement to keep the government running after September 30. 

The funding bill will keep the government funded for an additional six months as the two parties duke it out on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress. 

The legislation isn't expected to pass until lawmakers return from their August recess, but it takes a load off of a Congress that has frightened the local business community in recent months by waiting until the last minute to compromise on must-pass bills. 

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