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Dec 11, 2014 12:31 PM

Huge $1.1T spending measure narrowly clears hurdle

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) A $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill has cleared a major hurdle, though only by the narrowest of margins.

The 214-212 vote reflected opposition from tea party Republicans upset that the measure fails to block President Barack Obama's recent actions on immigration and anger from Democrats over two provisions they consider poison pills.

The vote came on a resolution to start debate.

With lawmakers facing a midnight Thursday deadline to prevent a government shutdown, Congress was also expected to pass a measure to keep the government running for two days. The aim is to approve the longer-term bill before adjourning Friday, though that could slip into the weekend.


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