The House approved an $81-billion disaster aid package to help California, Gulf Coast states and Puerto Rico recover from wildfires and hurricanes, along with a temporary spending bill to prevent a government shutdown as lawmakers scrambled Thursday to wrap up business before a Christmas break. The stopgap measure would continue federal operations for a few more weeks, setting up another deadline for Jan. 19. But it would leave undone a long list of priorities that members of both parties had hoped to finish this year.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.