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(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump today signed a bill the Republican Congress is describing as a combined “minibus” and “continuing resolution” that funds the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education for fiscal year 2019 and funds through Dec. 7 all other government agencies that do not have their own appropriations approved by this Sunday.
The law Trump signed also permits funding through fiscal 2019 of Planned Parenthood and federal research that uses tissue taken from aborted babies.
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The Senate approved the combined “minibus” and “continuing resolution” on Sept. 18 by a vote of 93 to 7. The seven senators who voted against it included Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and six Republicans. The Republicans included Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R.-Neb.), Sen. David Perdue (R.-Ga.), Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.), Sen. Mike Lee (R.-Utah) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.).
The House approved the bill on Wednesday evening by a vote of 361 to 61. More House Democrats voted for it (185) than House Republicans (176). Only 5 House Democrats joined the 56 House Republicans voted against it.
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Thus, while the Republicans control a majority of the House, the majority of members who voted for this key spending bill were Democrats, not Republicans.
This bill (H.R. 6157) that funds four major federal departments—Defense, Labor, HHS and Education—for a full fiscal year and includes a CR to fund multiple other departments through Dec. 7 started out as a stand-alone Defense bill in the House of Representatives. The House passed that initial version of H.R. 6157 by a vote of 359 to 49---with only 3 Republicans voting against it (and 49 Democrats).
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On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee approved a separate bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Service and Education and Related Agencies (one of Congress’s standard appropriations bills). The...
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