WASHINGTON Dec 9 The U.S. Senate passed
legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and
sent it to President Barack Obama for signing into law, after
Democrats who sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal
miners stopped delaying action on the measure.
Many government services and operations would have been
closed or suspended starting at midnight, when current funding
authority expires, if the Senate had not approved the measure.
The vote was 63-36.
The House of Representatives passed the legislation on
(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Robert Birsel)