WASHINGTON — Partisan lawmakers feuding over the proper size of government reached a temporary truce Wednesday as the House easily approved a $1-trillion spending bill aimed at averting another
The measure, approved 359 to 67, will fund almost every aspect of federal operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, through Sept. 30, giving troops a 1% pay raise and reversing steep reductions to some military and domestic programs.
As the debate was underway, Rep.
"Providing funding for our federal government is one of our chief duties as members of
Passage in the House was not without opposition. Sixty-four
"The president is talking about income inequality in America, but there is no greater gap than between the politicians in Washington who spend with abandon and the American people," said
The sweeping $1-trillion package reverses some of the steep
Defense spending was maintained at $520 billion to support 1.3 million active-duty personnel and 833,000 reservists. Money for the troops was increased, while funds for maintenance and equipment were reduced. A $25-million allocation was made to expand a victims counsel program to handle the rising number of military sexual assaults.
Nondefense programs received $491 billion for the year. Democratic priorities, including medical research,
Democrats decried the lack of funding to provide long-term unemployment benefits for a growing number of jobless Americans whose aid has been cut off. Efforts to extend those benefits stalled amid a partisan Senate dispute over legislative procedures.
"This is not the bill that I would have written, but it is the result of a negotiation," said Rep.