WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and Republicans rallied on a rare patch of common ground Wednesday, moving toward passage of legislation helping unemployed veterans and government contractors.

The GOP-run House was expected to give the measure near unanimous approval, less than a week after the Democratic-led Senate passed it 95-0. It would represent the first tiny shred of President Barack Obama's ambitious, nearly $450 billion job-creation package, to become law.

Despite the newfound party unity on this single, narrow issue, Democrats and Republicans also used the floor discussion to highlight their political differences.

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