Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Obama
No drama: President gets it in plenty of time before Saturday deadline
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2014 5:29 PM CST
Republican lawmakers arrive at the Capitol as the Senate votes to approve a $1.1 trillion spending package.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – This budget stuff isn't so hard after all. Congress has easily passed a $1.1 trillion bill easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic spending cuts. The sweeping 72-26 Senate vote today to fund the government through September sends the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature before a midnight Saturday deadline. The House easily passed the bill yesterday.

The huge bill funds every agency of government, pairing increases for NASA and Army Corps of Engineers construction projects with cuts to the Internal Revenue Service and foreign aid. And much to the Tea Party's dismay, it pays for implementation of Obama's health care law. (Another provision blocks Obama's plan to shift the US drone program from the CIA to the Pentagon.)

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Jan 17, 2014 5:54 PM CST
I am neither Repub nor Dem, but just doing a basic look at the ACA/Obamacare tells you just how horrible it is. Simple solution, flat tax, stream line everyone's tax at 20-22%. If you have a SSN or ITIN you are automatically covered for care, just like in the UK or rest of Europe. None of this idiotic enrollments, monthly fees, or anything else. Only ones hurt are the same ones that made the US the most expensive healthcare system in the US with only average level of care the health insurance companies.
Jan 17, 2014 6:38 AM CST
When rich Republicans have to pay a higher tax they cry like babies with diaper rash.
Jan 16, 2014 11:09 PM CST
Just keep kicking that can down the road, I'm sure our kids will be thankful.