January 15, 2014
By David Rogers
The House approved and sent to the Senate a landmark $1.1 trillion spending bill that fills in the blanks of December’s budget agreement and sets a new template for appropriations for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s second term.
Adopted 359-67, the giant measure literally touches every corner of government. And more than any single document to date, it defines the new budget reality that faces the president and his activist agenda.
The wide, bipartisan support in the House should help build momentum next in the Senate, and lawmakers are racing against a clock that requires final action by Saturday.
Until then the government will remain operating under a stopgap resolution that was again extended Wednesday. But the leadership is determined that the interim measures end there and the yearlong omnibus be put in place to ensure no more threats of shutdown.
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