The Senate voted to fund the government through Nov. 18, after the latest stand-off between House Republicans and Democrats over disaster relief.
Virginia quake caused the evacuation of many buildings and triggered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors. Cellphone call volume spiked as people rushed to call loved ones after the Virginia quake.
States struggle to contain fees at public universities while the federal government rolls out affordability measures to help counter the rising costs of higher education.
No Child Left Behind Act could be overhauled by a new president and Congress next year.
Legislation aims to point out colleges where costs are rising most, pushing states to pony up.
The House has cleared a bill that forces states to stabilize taxpayer funding for public colleges.