U.S. House Passes Spending Bill

The U.S. House passed legislation on Wednesday afternoon that would avert another government shutdown – at least for now.

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern represents parts of western and central Massachusetts. McGovern voted in favor on the spending, bill but called it a mixed bag.

“While it begins to undo the sequester, it does so for only 2 years and we need to get rid of it forever. Permanently,” McGovern said on the House floor. “So with this bill, we are waist-deep instead of neck-deep in manure. Hooray, I guess.”

The spending bill, which was the result of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, passed 359-67; all members from New England states voted in favor. It now heads to the Senate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.