CONGRESS VOTES FOR $1.3 TRILLION OMNIBUS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER - March 23, 2018
Congress OKs $1.3 trillion budget, averting another shutdown
By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram, Federal News Radio
Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late scuffles and conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House.
Senate passage shortly after midnight averted a third federal shutdown this year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. But in crafting a sweeping deal that busts budget caps, they’ve stirred conservative opposition and set the contours for the next funding fight ahead of the midterm elections.