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Senate approves $1.1 trillion bill to end government funding battle
January 16, 2014 / 11:04 PM / 4 years ago

Senate approves $1.1 trillion bill to end government funding battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington’s battles over government funding ended with a whimper on Thursday as the U.S. Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quells for nearly nine months the threat of another federal agency shutdown.

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) boards the subway to the senate office buildings at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The measure, which funds thousands of government programs from the military to national parks through the September 30 fiscal year-end, passed by a strong, 72-26 majority. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law.

The vote came exactly three months after the end of a 16-day government shutdown in October that was waged over disputed funding of “Obamacare,” the president’s signature health care law.

“We’re a little late, but we have gotten the job done,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski said on the Senate floor.

Reporting by David Lawder, editing by G Crosse and David Gregorio

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