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.