ALAN FRAM Associated Press
The Clinton Herald
---- — WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with wins and setbacks for both parties.
The huge bill furnishes the fine print — 1,582 pages of it — for the bipartisan pact approved in December that set overall federal spending levels for the next couple of years. With that decision behind them and lawmakers eager to use the election year to show they can run a government, there was little suspense about the spending bill’s fate.
Reinforcing that was their desire to avoid the potential alternative — a replay of last fall’s 16-day federal shutdown.