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Senate Backs Broad Spending Bill With Tougher Fiscal Fight Ahead

  • Bipartisan Senate vote sends $1.17 trillion measure to Trump
  • He faces bipartisan clash in looming fight over 2018 budget

The U.S. Senate did its part to avert a government shutdown by sending President Donald Trump a $1.17 trillion spending bill that shuns his priorities, including a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a reflection of the might of minority Democrats.

The 79-18 vote funds the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. It provides a boost for defense while ignoring the White House’s proposed $18 billion cuts in spending for the environment, health care and other domestic programs.