“The U.S. Senate approved a $984 billion spending bill on Wednesday ensuring that the federal government will not shut down next week, but also cementing in place $1.2 trillion in unpopular across-the-board spending cuts affecting most reaches of the federal government.
“We didn’t want brinkmanship politics, we didn’t want ultimatum politics,” said Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who negotiated the bipartisan bill with GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.
The bill passed 73-26.
The stop gap spending bill will avert a March 27 shutdown and keep the federal government running through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
The spending bill approved by the Senate, and expected to be approved by the House and signed by the president later this week, reflects the sequester-mandated levels of spending for the remainder of the fiscal year.