US Senate passes spending bill

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Published: Sunday 14th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A 1.1 trillion US dollar (£699.9 billion) spending bill is on its way to US president Barack Obama for his signature.

The Senate voted 56-40 yesterday for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda.

The measure provides money for nearly the entire US government through the September 30 end of the current budget year.

The sole exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded only until February 27.

At that point, Republicans intend to try to force Mr Obama to roll back a new policy that removes the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

The compromise bill had faced opposition from Democratic liberals upset about the repeal of a banking regulation and Republican conservatives unhappy that it failed to challenge the president’s immigration moves.

Published: Sunday 14th December 2014 by The News Editor

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