Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, providing a rare and likely brief respite from three years of partisan and intraparty fighting over the size and role of government.
Despite wide bipartisan support, the sheer size and scope of the bill gave conservatives and progressives alike plenty of fodder for disappointment.
With none of the conflict of recent budget battles, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House approved the measure 359–67. The Democratic-led Senate is expected to vote on final approval later this week.
Lawmakers from both parties, most of them facing re-election this November, seemed to have little taste for a standoff that might have triggered a repeat of the government shutdown in October — which polls say voters hated.
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