Senate votes to keep White House closed to public

Senate votes to keep White House closed to public

Senators voted Wednesday to keep the White House closed to public tours, turning back a Republican-led effort to free up money to open the building back up after the sequesters.

But at the same time senators did vote to restore money for slaughterhouse inspections, which they said will help make sure the country’s meat-packing plants can continue to operate at full steam despite the sequesters.

Those voters were two of a series of high-profile showdowns on the Senate floor Wednesday as it pushed toward passage of a bill to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year.

The bill cleared on a 73-26 vote and sends the bill back to the House, which is expected to pass it and send it to President Obama without any hiccups. That will ensure the government avoids a shutdown later this month.

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As part of the debate, senators also voted to limit federal spending on political science research, but shot down a move to boost the Pentagon’s operations budget and by cutting from its biofuels program.

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