Breaking: House Passes Spending Bill Cutting $38.5 Billion From Budget
The House approved spending legislation to cut $38.5 billion and avert a government shutdown. The Senate plans to pass the measure later today, bringing this year’s first major budget fight to a close.The House voted in favor of the measure 260-167. A stopgap bill currently funding the government expires tonight, and without approval by Congress and President Barack Obama, federal agencies would begin to shut down.
“Is it perfect? No,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said on the floor before the vote. “I’d be the first one to admit that it’s flawed. Well, welcome to divided government.”
The spending legislation now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to sail through overwhelmingly.