Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Obama

Would fund government, minus Homeland Security, through September
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 14, 2014 1:03 AM CST
Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Obama
Sen. Ted Cruz talks after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

A $1.1 trillion spending bill is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 56-40 yesterday for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress' year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end of the current budget year. The sole exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded only until Feb. 27.

Republicans intend to try then to force the president to roll back a new immigration policy that removes the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. The compromise bill had faced opposition from Democratic liberals upset about the repeal of a banking regulation and Republican conservatives unhappy that it failed to challenge Obama's immigration moves. (More Senate stories.)

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