House OKs $1.1 T spending bill, sends to Senate

4:40 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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With relatively little fanfare, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Wednesday that will fund the government through October.

The vote was 359-67, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats opposed.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected pass as soon as Thursday.

Some influential outside conservative groups vocally opposed the legislation, saying it is too bloated and fails to cut out wasteful government programs.

But the measure passed without the gridlock that has characterized other recent fiscal fights.

After Congress passed a stopgap measure that funds the government for three days as work on the bill continues, the Senate has until midnight on Saturday to pass the spending bill and send it to the president's desk.

NBC News

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