Congress Agrees on Details of $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
December 10, 2014
On Tuesday night, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate agreed to terms on a spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2015. Congress must pass the bill by Thursday to avoid a government shutdown.
The house is expected to hold a vote on the bill on Thursday and the Senate will likely take up the measure this weekend, according to reports. In this case, the House is likely to pass a stop-gap bill to avoid a government shutdown while the Senate considers the bill.
The spending bill introduced by the House includes 11 appropriations bill that fund their respective agencies through the end of the 2015 fiscal year, and a 12th measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security “under a temporary 'Continuing Resolution' mechanism that expires on February 27, 2015."
The “Omnibus” bill includes $521 billion in defense funding, $492 billion in non-defense spending, and additional funding related to the U.S. Ebola response ($5.4 billion) and funds related to combatting ISIS ($64 billion).
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