House backs $1T spending bill amid fears of a fall shutdown

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“What I say is we pass it, we pass it big and we put momentum and influence on the Senate to be able to move,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro. | Al Drago/Getty Images

The House passed a nearly $1 trillion spending package on Wednesday, as Democrats laid down a marker in a funding race that could easily end in a government shutdown in September even more widespread and devastating than the extended lapse earlier this year.

In a 226-203 vote, the chamber finished work on the 176-page bill to fund the vast majority of the federal government, including the military and the Department of Health and Human Services. But it’s far too soon to declare victory in averting the fiscal cliff that looms just three-and-a-half months away.

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House Democrats cheered the exhausting legislative feat, having worked on the floor past 4 a.m. in recent days to finish the massive funding package. Democratic leaders know, however, that their measure will be headed to the shredder if a bipartisan budget deal isn’t struck soon. Congressional leaders from both parties and Trump administration officials were set to meet later Wednesday in the hopes of negotiating the parameters of a compromise that would ward off the fiscal chaos later this year.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the chairwoman of the…



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