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January 17th, 2014

Senate passes Omnibus Spending Bill—Heads to the President

The Senate approved the $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill Thursday evening clearing the way for President Obama’s signature before the January 18 deadline, which is when the current CR expires. Senators voted 72-26 to pass the bill.
“I feel very relieved of course and happy that it passed with a strong vote, a bipartisan vote,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). “The thing that we established was a tone, that we could do it in a way that everybody had their say especially in the committee.”

Earlier this week, the House passed the omnibus by a vote of 359-67.

The omnibus, which contains all 12 separate appropriations bills, adheres to the spending levels set in the budget deal that Congress approved in December, providing $520.5 billion for defense and $491.7 billion for non-defense discretionary programs. The massive spending bill will replace the second round of across-the-board sequester cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act and provides modest sequester relief in FY14 for important tribal programs such as law enforcement, education, health care and other tribal services.
President Obama has said he will sign the omnibus before the January 18 deadline, which will avoid another shutdown.

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