In a vote of 296-121, displaying a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill on Friday that would fund 10 Cabinet-level departments, such as the Pentagon and the Education Dept., and dozens of smaller agencies, and averted a government shutdown, usatoday said.
The spending measure would also finance US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, allocate expenses for the veterans, fund airport security inspections and the operations of the Congress.
Agreement on the spending legislation was reached after Republicans agreed not to include provisions that would have stopped President Obama from easing rules on people who visit and send money to relatives in Cuba and after they backed down on its assaults on Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
But the Senate still holds talks on renewing a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits with top Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying "I will not be able to support the package that doesn't include the pipeline."
He said the pipeline project would create 20,000 jobs.