Senate Dems Pass $410B Spending Bill

Law360, New York (March 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Senate Democrats staved off Republican dissent late Tuesday night, approving a $410 billion appropriations bill authorizing extra spending in areas such as energy, employment, financial services and health care for the fiscal year.

The measure, which earned flack from some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, for containing earmarks, passed by a voice vote of 62-35 on Tuesday and is set to be signed by President Obama on Wednesday.

The $410 billion bill seeks to wrap up work on the fiscal year 2009 appropriations bills, which began...
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