U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion government spending billStaff writer ▼ | December 12, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund most of the U.S. government through September next year, just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown.
Vote Just hours ahead of a midnight deadline
The House also passed a 48-hour extension of existing funding to keep the government open beyond midnight Thursday and provide enough time for the Senate to approve the $1.1 trillion bill.
The Senate passed the two-day stopgap spending measure by a voice vote shortly after the House approved it, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama promptly and avoid a government shutdown at midnight.
The Senate is expected to debate and vote on the long-term spending bill as soon as Friday, according to local media.
The White House said Thursday it supported House passage of the long-term spending bill and appreciated the bipartisan effort to include full-year appropriations legislation for most government functions. ■