Senate Approves 2013 Spending Bill to Keep Government Open

March 20, 2013

The Senate on Wednesday voted 73-26 to pass an amended version of the fiscal 2013 bill to keep the government running past the March 27 expiration date of last year’s continuing resolution. The legislation would extend the freeze on federal pay.

The plan to fund most agencies at fiscal 2012 levels includes $85 billion in cuts under sequestration, but the Senate agreed to several adjustments to ease the pain selectively, and the House is expected to respond positively and may vote on the bill Thursday.

The amendments would make adjustments in programs affecting furloughs of food inspectors, military tuition reimbursements, National Science Foundation funding and reports to Congress from the Homeland Security Department.

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