Quick Takes: Franken Announces That He Will Resign

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* I might have more to say about this tomorrow, but for now, if you haven’t already listened to Sen. Al Franken’s speech today, here it is:

* It looks like Republicans will give themselves a two-week hiatus from the possibility of a government shut-down.

The House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly passed a stop-gap spending measure to continue funding the federal government through December 22. The bill prevents a shut-down that would be triggered if Congress fails to pass a spending bill before a deadline of midnight Friday.

The final tally was 235 yes votes, and 193 votes against. Thirty-two members bucked their respective parties: 18 Republicans voted no on the overwhelmingly GOP-backed bill, and 14 Democrats voted to pass the measure.

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