House and Senate Negotiators Agree on Spending Bill

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from The New York Times,

House and Senate negotiators reached accord on a trillion-dollar spending plan that will finance the government through September, reversing some cuts to military veterans’ pensions that were included in a broader budget agreement last month and defeating efforts to rein in President Obama’s health care law.

The hefty bill, filed in the House on Monday night, neutralized almost all of the 134 policy provisions that House Republicans had hoped to include, with negotiators opting for cooperation over confrontation after the 16-day government shutdown in October.

Measures to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases and reverse clean water regulations did not survive the final negotiations.

Republicans also relented on their efforts to strip financing to carry out the Affordable Care Act.

“There’s nothing in the bill to block Obamacare,” said Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Obamacare lives another day.”

The compromises may be difficult to accept for conservative Republicans, many of whom campaigned in 2010 vowing never to vote on a phone-book-size bill they have not had time to read. And because many of them will balk, the bill will have to have bipartisan support to pass.

Republican and Democratic leaders said they believed they would easily get majorities in the House and Senate, but not without loud protests from both the right and the left.

The House is expected to take up the full trillion-dollar spending plan on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, and the Senate is expected to pass it shortly after that.

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