Dec 14, 2014 2:26 PM

Shaheen, Ayotte back spending bill

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Both of New Hampshire's U.S. senators helped pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill headed for President Barack Obama's signature.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte were among 56 senators who voted for the bill Saturday night. The measure, opposed by 40 senators, funds nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Shaheen said she was disappointed by the repeal of a banking regulation but praised other provisions, including funding the Berlin prison and for a program she helped create to assist small businesses with exports.

Ayotte says the bill provides critical funding to fight Ebola, boost manufacturing and prevent bailouts for insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.

The bill cleared the House on Thursday.


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