Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill
Bill Chappell on January 17th, 2014
President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill into law Friday afternoon, enacting more than 1,500 pages of legislation that received broad support in the House and Senate earlier this week. The expansive bill ensures the U.S. government won’t face a potential shutdown until at least October.
As we reported yesterday, the omnibus spending bill is the result of a compromise brokered in December by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. If their deal holds in coming months, it should keep the issue of a federal shutdown off the table through the coming election season.
The AP reminds us that the bill signed today “funds every agency of the federal government and also scales back automatic spending cuts that hit the Pentagon and major domestic programs last year.”
The spending legislation was approved in the Senate by a vote of 72-26, and in the House by a 359-67 margin.
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
This entry was posted in News from NPR
. Bookmark the permalink
An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.
Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.
The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.
Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a “deliberate act” of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time.