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House approves $1-trillion bipartisan spending bill as GOP prepares for Thursday vote on Obamacare repeal

House approves $1-trillion bipartisan spending bill as GOP prepares for Thursday vote on Obamacare repeal

Congress pushed forward a sweeping spending bill Wednesday, a rare bipartisan accord to keep the government running for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.

But Republicans had a tougher time trying to salvage their Obamacare overhaul with a last-minute fix to gain support for a vote that leaders now plan to hold Thursday.

President Trump initially criticized the $1-trillion spending package for failing to include his administration’s priorities, but the House easily approved the funding measure, 309 to 118. The Senate was expected to swiftly follow, ahead of a Friday deadline when a current stopgap funding bill expires.

The package boosts defense spending by $12.5...

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