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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by TheHill.com:

The Senate is racing to avoid the third government shutdown of the year ahead of a looming end-of-the-month deadline.

Senators on Tuesday voted 93-7 to pass a sweeping $854 billion spending bill that includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, which make up the lion’s share of total government spending.

The article goes on to state the following:

Six Republicans, Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), David Perdue (Ga.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.), joined Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in voting against the bill, which also includes a short-term stopgap bill to fund the rest of the government through Dec. 7 and prevent a shutdown that would start Oct. 1.

Passage of the sweeping package of defense and domestic spending marks a significant victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who has dedicated weeks of floor time to government funding and avoiding another catch-all omnibus bill less than two months before the midterm election, where control of Congress hangs in the balance

“These milestones may sound like inside baseball, but what they signify is a Senate that is getting its appropriations process back on track; a Senate that is attending to vital priorities for our country,” McConnell said.

The Wall Street Journal further reports:

The bill funds the departments of Defense, Education, Labor, Health and Human Services and related agencies and makes up the lion’s share of discretionary spending that Congress appropriates. It is the first time in 22 years that the bills are on track to make it to the president’s desk by the end of the year.

The bill defies Mr. Trump’s call to cut various health, education and labor programs. Instead, it increases funds for the National Institutes of Health for medical research. It includes an increase of $100, or 1.6%, in the 2018-2019 academic year maximum for Pell grants, which are federal financial aid earmarked for the neediest college students.

It also includes $725 million for community block grants, which is $10 million more than the amount for fiscal year 2018 and which Mr. Trump’s budget proposed eliminating. The program has long been used by Congress to help state and local governments recover from major disasters, such as hurricanes.

To combat the opioid epidemic, the bill appropriates $3.8 billion, an increase of $2.7 billion over 2017. Of that, $1.5 billion will go to states for grants. The Senate on Monday passed broad, bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic through new research, treatment and help for families affected by addiction.

The bill gives $674.4 billion to the Defense Department, up $19.8 billion from last year, and awards U.S. servicemembers a 2.6% pay raise.

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