WASHINGTON — House
Approval of the compromise represents a victory for House Speaker
"It's not everything that we wanted, but it advances conservative policy and moves us in the right direction," Boehner said.
The House approved the measure 332 to 94, over the objection of 62 Republicans, mostly hard-line conservatives, and 31 Democrats.
The deal, which lessens the risk of a
The $85-billion accord increases spending levels for 2014 and 2015 by reversing $63 billion of the automatic
The additional spending would be paid for by policy changes over the next decade that include cutting the pensions of new federal workers and younger, uninjured military retirees, and imposing new fees, including those on airline travel. The deal avoids new taxes, as Republicans insisted.
A late provision was tacked on to temporarily prevent a scheduled cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
Final approval is expected in the new year before funding for the government runs out, which would risk another shutdown, on Jan. 15.
Passage was not without a last-minute floor battle as Democrats protested the exclusion of long-term unemployment insurance for 1 million jobless Americans, who will lose benefits Dec. 28.
Senate Majority Leader