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Export-Import Bank Set for Nine-Month Extension

House lawmakers passed a short reprieve for the U.S. trade bank that finances export deals for American companies.

The Export-Import, or Ex-Im, Bank charter was set to expire Sept. 30, but House lawmakers added a nine-month extension to a must-do spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. It has to be passed by the end of the month to avert a government shutdown.

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House Gives Obama Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels in Fight with the Islamic State

In a crucial vote of support for the White House's declared war on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the war-torn country.

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Authorization to Arm Syrian Rebels Uncertain Hours Ahead of Vote

Despite broad support for President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State among House Republican and Democratic leaders, a sizeable chunk of rank-and-file lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the plan just hours ahead of a House floor vote, making backers of the Syrian rebels intensely nervous. 

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