|House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTON — A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall’s election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job.
The bill swept through the House on a 359-67 vote and was on track for a big Senate vote by week’s end. Republicans voted for the bill by a 2 ˝-1 margin, and just three Democrats were opposed.
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