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U.S. House clears way for vote on $1.3 trln spending bill

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday cleared the way for lawmakers to vote on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill that would fund federal agencies through September and avert a government shutdown.

In a 211-207 vote, the chamber moved to take up debate on the legislation ahead of a final vote with current government funding set to expire late Friday night. (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell Writing by Susan Heavey)