January 14, 2014
Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced tentative support on Tuesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, signaling likely passage and removing one source of potential drama ahead of the 2014 elections.
The 1,582-page measure provides a $45 billion increase in military and domestic spending to ease automatic, “sequester” budget cuts and about $85 billion in Afghanistan war funding this fiscal year. It is scheduled for a House vote on Wednesday after passage of a three day stop-gap funding measure to allow time for consideration in the Senate.
Enactment will eliminate the threat of another government shutdown like the 16-day standoff in October that dropped public opinion of Congress to new depths in polls.