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US Senate passes $1.3 trillion spending bill, sends it to Donald Trump

The bill has to now be signed by President Donald Trump, whose aides have said he supports the bill.

world Updated: Mar 23, 2018 12:29 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Washington
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File photo of US President Donald Trump. (AFP photo )

The US Senate passed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill in dramatic dark-of-night fashion early Friday, overcoming hurdles that threatened to send the government into its third shutdown of 2018.

Lawmakers stared down a self-imposed deadline of midnight, when federal funding was set to expire, and passed the mammoth package by a vote of 65-32, with hours to spare.

It now goes to the White House to be signed by President Donald Trump, whose aides have said he supports the bill.

The measure boosts military and domestic spending, increases border security, funds infrastructure and student loan projects, and includes provisions to reduce gun violence, but does not address protections for undocumented immigrants or efforts to stabilize health insurance prices.

First Published: Mar 23, 2018 12:27 IST