Senate approves $1 trillion spending bill, sent to president

By Kyle Johnson,

The U.S. Senate easily approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Thursday, delaying any more threats of a possible government shutdown or funding fights until the end of September.

Though the Senate had three days to argue over the measure had they wanted, it was quickly passed just a day after the House sent it on through, reports Reuters. The bill was approved 72-26 and will now be sent to President Barack Obama who is expected to have no problems signing it.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara Mikulski said, "We're a little late, but we have gotten the job done."

On Wednesday the spending bill was able to easily pass through the U.S. House of Representatives, who approved the measure to an easy 359-67 vote.

With the bill now through both chambers of Congress, a rare moment of bipartisanship has come to a close. Both sides were somehow able to work together through compromise to come up with the bill and keep the government going another nine months.

The "omnibus" bill covers a lot of ground, but it partially eases some of the spending cuts imposed last year as well as give some military and federal workers a small 1 percent raise.

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