House Easily Passes Bipartisan Budget Bill

It's expected to clear the Senate quickly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2014 3:43 PM CST
House Easily Passes Bipartisan Budget Bill
House Speaker John Boehner faces face reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House today, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs. The huge bill furnishes the fine print—1,582 pages of it—for the bipartisan pact approved in December that set overall spending levels for the next couple of years. The measure sailed through the House with no suspense and little dissent—fueled additionally by lawmakers' desire to avoid an election-year replay of last fall's widely unpopular 16-day federal shutdown.

By its sheer size and detail, the measure had plenty for liberals and conservatives to dislike. Some Democrats said they would support it but only reluctantly, complaining that despite some increases, spending for education, health, and other programs would still be too low. The Democratic-run Senate planned to bestow final congressional approval on the legislation by the end of the week. (More Congress stories.)

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