Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 23 (ANI): The United States House passed a USD 1.3 trillion spending package on Thursday, sending a legislation to the Senate that would prevent a government shutdown and deliver the largest federal spending increase in years.
According to The Hill, lawmakers voted 256-167 in favour of the bill. 90 Republicans and 77 Democrats voted against the bill. A large number of conservative Republicans were among those who voted against the bill over the "measure's massive price tag and the lack of transparency in the bill-writing process".
The spending package includes - a USD 695 billion in defence funding and USD 591 billion in non-defence funding, including a combined USD 78 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations spending that does not count toward legal budget caps.
"Alongside the USD 1.5 trillion tax cuts approved last year, the spending path is poised to push deficits past a trillion by next year", according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Other major provisions include a USD 4 billion to fight the nation's opioid epidemic crisis, a temporary extension to funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and a language designed to fix a glitch in the Republican new tax law that critics said threatened small farmers across the country. (ANI)