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Better late than never, the US Congress has backed a budget bill for 2014, lifting the threat of another federal agency shutdown for the next nine months.

Thursday’s approval from the Senate for the 1.1 trillion US dollar spending plan ensures government funding until the end of the fiscal year on September 30. President Obama is expected to sign it into law by Saturday.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives gave its green light to the compromise legislation.

The latest vote comes exactly three months after the end of a government shutdown waged over disputed funding of “Obamacare”, the president’s signature health care law.

Among its wide-ranging effects, the 16-day shutdown sent hundreds of thousands of federal workers home without pay, and closed national parks.