Senate Passes Omnibus Spending Bill

Senate Passes Omnibus Spending Bill
By: Heartland News & AP

CAPITOL HILL - The Senate has approved a massive spending bill that supplies money for 14 Cabinet departments and 70 billion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The measure was approved with a bipartisan vote of 76-to-17.  But earlier, Democrats failed to attach withdrawal timelines for the military operations in Iraq.
The passage includes more than $18 million for various projects in southeast Missouri.
Passage ended months of bitter division with the White House.
The so-called omnibus measure held to Bush's "top line" for the one-third of the federal budget passed by Congress each year.  But that happened only because of maneuvers that allowed Democrats to restore funding to budget accounts targeted by Bush.  And lawmakers were also able to finance billions of dollars worth of homestate projects.
Assuming the war funding clears the House Wednesday, the president is set to sign the measure.

View a list of the projects to receive funding in Missouri if the bill passes.