2014-12-13T214941Z_1_LYNXMPEABC08Q_RTROPTP_2_USA-CONGRESS-BUDGET

Senate passes spending bill, ends government shutdown threat

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz smiles as he departs the Senate floor after it passed at $1.1 trillion spending bill at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown as Congress attempts to wrap up a two-year legislative session marked by bitter partisanship and few major accomplishments. The Senate’s 56-40 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law before federal spending authority expires at midnight on Wednesday. …

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