That’s how many senators voted yesterday for a $1.1 trillion bill funding the federal government through September.
The measure passed with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress “in part because both parties conceded points that led to acrimony in past debates,” Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter reported yesterday.
“Republicans dropped a demand to cut off funding for Obama’s 2010 health care law, a major cause of the October shutdown, after that proved disastrous for the party in public-opinion polls,” Hunter wrote. “Democrats accepted far less spending than they had proposed.”
All 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus voted for the bill, along with 17 Republicans. Twenty-six Republicans opposed it, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.
Also voting “no” were Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, all of whom are considering campaigns for the presidency in 2016.
“The fact that the Washington establishment is hailing a massive $1 trillion omnibus spending bill as a worthy achievement is exactly what’s wrong with our government today,” Cruz said.
Obama will sign the bill before the government’s spending authority expires tomorrow. The omnibus bill was “the product of a bipartisan compromise on a budget deal” and it “protects some of the key priorities,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Jan. 15.
Congress should raise the borrowing limit “as soon as possible and assume that the so-called extraordinary measures used to stay under the limit will run out in late February, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said yesterday, according to this story by Bloomberg’s Kasia Klimasinska and Ian Katz.