) -- The Senate has voted

79-to-12 to approve legislation

to extend funding through Nov. 18 and once again avert a shutdown of the federal government.

The bill, which includes roughly $2.5 billion disaster relief funds, is now on its way to the House of Representatives. A stop-gap measure was also approved to give the House time to consider the bill.

According to

The New York Times

, momentum for a bipartisan agreement on the bill followed news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had sufficient funds to carry it through the end of its fiscal year on Friday night.

The House is in recess this week, the


report noted, saying the Senate is expecting the stop-gap measure to be adopted in a pro forma session later this week without all of its members being present.


Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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