House Republicans voice support for $1.1 trillion spending bill

U.S. Representative Issa (R-CA) talks to reporters as he departs a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced tentative support on Tuesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, signaling likely passage and removing one source of potential drama ahead of the 2014 elections. Enactment will eliminate the threat of another government shutdown like the 16-day standoff in October that dropped public opinion of Congress to new depths in polls. The bill adds funding for some Democratic priorities such as a $1 billion increase the Head Start pre-school education program for the poor, but Republicans scored a victory when negotiators denied a funding increase for implementation of “Obamacare” health insurance reforms. Republicans also succeeded in denying funds for high-speed rail projects and for International Monetary Fund reforms.

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