Eventually, the tea party opponents lost their fight and the measure was approved on a lopsided vote, 72-26. Seventeen Republicans voted in favor and 26 opposed. All Democrats and independents voted in favor.
"We can avoid political dramas with cliffhangers and 'fiscal cliffs,'" said Mikulski, who crafted the bill with her Republican counterpart in the House. "We're a little late, but we have gotten the job done."
The measure funds operations of government for the remainder of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, removing the threat of federal employee furloughs and another
Reached late last year, the accord reverses some of the steep
The troops will see a 1% pay raise and federal workers will get their first cost-of-living adjustment, also 1%, in four years.
Tea party opponents who wanted to preserve the sequester reductions were edged out by lawmakers from both parties who had called a truce in the fiscal fight.
Cruz, whose efforts to end
"This body faces a choice -- a choice between pragmatism and irresponsibility," Cruz said. "Ultimately, in November, the American people will have a choice as well."
Budget issues continue to divide Republicans. The party’s top leaders in the Senate, including Minority Leader