Senate Puts Off Vote On Omnibus Spending Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has put off until next week a final vote on a $410 billion catchall spending bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure. The Nevada Democrat has now decided to allow Republicans more opportunities to change it next Monday.

Reid said Thursday night that both the House and the Senate will now have to pass a stopgap spending bill by Friday night. That's when funds already approved for the government run out.

Republicans say the sprawling bill is too costly and loaded down with thousands of pet projects.

Those so-called "earmarks" have drawn the ire of conservatives who equate pet projects with wasteful, unnecessary spending -- even though many Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers seek them out.

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