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article imageU.S. Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

By Andrew Moran     Dec 16, 2009 in Politics
United States Senate on Sunday passed an epic spending bill worth $1.1 trillion that would see budgets in key sectors go up and also a two per cent increased salary for federal workers.
Everyone knows that the United States is facing a serious debt, deficit and possible currency crisis as the U.S. has more than $12 trillion in debt, a $1.5 trillion deficit and a money supply being inflated. That didn't stop Washington from passing a spending bill worth $1.1 trillion, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Major sectors of the Federal government such as law enforcement, education, veterans programs and health all saw their budgets become increased with this latest 1,000-plus page bill. The Federal Bureau of Investigations will get $7.9 billion, the Veterans Health Administration will receive $45.1 billion and the National Institutes of Health will get a budget worth $31 billion. Also, federal workers will receive a two per cent increase in their salary.
The bill passed 57 to 35 and will now go to President Barack Obama. All but three Democrats supported it and all but three Republicans opposed it.
Republican Florida Senator George LeMieux said, notes the Hindustan Times, “We have a $12-trillion debt, a debt that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay.” Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin also said, “It represents the priorities of our nation. It invests in students, veterans, and law enforcement, just to name a few.”
The Associated Press reports that immediately after the $1.1 trillion bill passed, the Senate went right back to debate health care, which many Democrats hope to come to a conclusion in the next several days.
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