US Senate approves massive spending bill

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The Senate has approved a massive spending bill that supplies money for 14 Cabinet departments and 70 billion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The measure was approved with a bipartisan vote of 76-to-17. But earlier, Democrats failed to attach withdrawal timelines for the military operations in Iraq.

Passage ended months of bitter division with the White House.

The so-called omnibus measure held to Bush's "top line" for the one-third of the federal budget passed by Congress each year. But that happened only because of maneuvers that allowed Democrats to restore funding to budget accounts targeted by Bush. And lawmakers were also able to finance billions of dollars worth of homestate projects.

Assuming the war funding clears the House Wednesday, the president is set to sign the measure.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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