Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill 57-35

Dec 13, 2009 3:20pm

ABC News' Dean Norland reports: The Senate voted Sunday to give final congressional approval to a bill to spend $1.1 trillion.

It’s six smaller bills rolled into one large package, as Congress tries to wrap up its appropriations work for FY 2010, which is already two-and-a-half months gone.

The bill contains $447-billion in discretionary spending to operate numerous government departments such as State, Labor, HHS, Education, Transportation, HUD, Justice, VA and others.  It also includes $650-billion in mandatory funding for Medicare and Medicaid.  That brings the total price tag to roughly $1.1 trillion.

The vote was 57-to-35. 

It now goes to the White House for the president’s signature.
 
One more spending bill, the conference report on appropriations for the Defense Department, must be passed by the House and Senate by Friday, when a temporary funding measure expires.  The DOD bill will contain a provision to increase the debt ceiling.

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