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Senate approves huge 2013 spending bill

6:07 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed a huge spending bill to keep the government open through the end of September, preventing a government shutdown but leaving in place $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that will mean job furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

The bipartisan 73-26 vote sends the measure to the House, which is expected to approve it today and ship it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The measure would fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every Cabinet agency through Sept. 30, provide another $87 billion to fund overseas military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and maintain a pay freeze for federal workers.

The measure gives the Pentagon much-sought relief from a cash crunch in accounts for training and readiness and gives veteran health programs their scheduled increases.

 

 

 

 

 

Associated Press

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