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House debates bill averting government shutdown
House debates bill averting government shutdown, conservatives unhappy with spending levels
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Congress is getting ready to approve a bipartisan bill averting a government shutdown.

Yet as the House debated the bill Thursday, lawmakers from across the political spectrum expressed displeasure with parts of the legislation ranging from school lunches to federally-backed mortgages.

The measure would keep the government's doors open through Dec. 16. A temporary measure financing federal agencies expires after midnight Friday.

Supporters said the bill honors a compromise struck this summer between President Barack Obama and Republicans. But conservatives said the bill still spends too much, and they objected to a provision expanding the size of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

Liberals complained about language allowing the government to consider tomato sauce on pizzas served as school lunches to be a vegetable.

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