United States spending bill passes House, heads to Senate as deadline looms

Senate passes bill to avert third US govt shutdown this year

The $380m funding, included in a major new federal spending bill, would provide U.S. states with grants that could be used to purchase more secure voting machines, improve cyber security training ahead of elections and to conduct audits following an election.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which appropriates federal spending for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year, passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 256-167.

Part of the bill that held proceedings up was a measure renaming a wilderness area in Idaho after a deceased Democratic governor, Cecil Andrus.

Paul's office would not say whether he would block a swift vote - a move that could trigger what would be the third U.S. government shutdown of 2018, and a deep embarrassment for the Republican-led Congress ahead of mid-term elections in November.

The spending bill, which congressional leaders agreed to on Wednesday and President Donald Trump seemed to grudgingly endorse on Twitter, provides big increases to the military and to domestic programmes - and clearly rebuffs the Trump administration's efforts to sharply scale back the reach and scope of the federal government. "But this legislation addresses important priorities and makes us stronger at home and overseas", Ryan said early Thursday morning.

At the White House on Friday, many aides were caught by surprise by the veto threat and had no immediate explanation for what prompted it. Trump was scheduled on Friday to fly to Florida for a weekend at his private resort. The Obama-era plan protects migrants who were brought through illegal process to America as children from deportation.

The U.S. Transportation Department declared, "Congress is now considering a spending bill that provides billions in needed funding for infrastructure projects across the country and also removes preferential treatment for the NY and New Jersey Gateway projects".

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Though the proposed $600 million is lower than the $2.5 billion that some had been discussing, the pending Trump infrastructure package could allocate still more funds to rural broadband priorities.

Had it not gone through, the USA government would have been looking at its third shutdown this year, which would have embarrassed the Republicans, who control both houses.

It will also keep current funding for sanctuary cities and the DACA program in place. There have already been two brief government shutdowns in 2018.

The bill includes funding for legislation Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn put forth called "Fix NICS".

Trump then huddled with his senior advisers to discuss a potential veto and was advised against it, with the advisers saying he would be blamed for a shutdown and that discussions continue on the issues he is concerned about, one aide said.

"I'm extremely disappointed", the provision's co-author, Senate Republican Susan Collins, told reporters.

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