Senate passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Senate on Thursday voted 72-26 to approve a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government until Oct. 1.

The passage of the bill featuring ease of budget cuts called sequester came two days before the expiration of an extended stopgap funding bill. President Barack Obama will sign the measure Saturday, when temporary funding for museums, agency offices and national parks expires.

All no votes came from Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona. He disagreed with passing a 1,600-page spending bills totaling trillions of dollars just two days after it was made available to the chamber.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) also voted no claiming that $68 billion of Pentagon appropriations under the bill were unrelated to national security. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sought amendments defunding Obamacare but did not move to delay consideration of the bill. His insistence last year to defund the Affordable Care Act led to the 16-day government shutdown in October.

The House passed the bill Wednesday on a 359-67 vote. Sixty-four Republicans voted no citing similar reasons as McCain’s.

Among the bill’s provisions are a $1 billion cut in the Obamacare fund, lesser funding for the Dodd-Frank financial reform regulation and a one percent pay hike for federal workers.

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  1. Dieselrider

    A typical liberal stand you have there Bop. You are getting handed nearly free healthcare insurance and who knows what other benefits from who knows where and all you can cry is "I want more, more! They aren't giving me enough!' Boo hew,for you. Some one please call the wambulance! This crybaby needs a ride. Free ride that is.

    • boptherabbit

      I never sais anything about a free ride. Because we got such a deal on health insurance doesn’t mean I want a free ride on anything. From your writings (?), it seems to me you’re any angry person that wants everyone to pay their way for everything they recieve. I guess we folks that have paid our fair share of taxes for our entire lives are not entitled to anything? Before you accuse me of wanting a free ride, perhaps you should know me, and maybe you’ll realize I don’t especially want to give people things they haven’t earned. But first, let me know you. Are you a “teabagger”? That would explain a lot of your rantings, so I guess I’ll “assume” you are.
      Back to the original comment I made. Don’t you believe everyone should pay a fair share of taxes? Do you have any idea how countries are run/supported? Why, it’s taxes. Are you wealthy and feel you’re paying too much tax? What’s fair?

  2. boptherabbit

    And still big business and the wealthy avoid paying their fair share of taxes and believe it or not, most will get a tax refund. Go figure.

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