House approves $383 billion spending package

(June 26, 2019)

House Democrats on Tuesday passed a $383 billion spending package, finishing work on three-quarters of the annual appropriations bills on its docket ahead of the July Fourth recess.

The package of five funding bills passed in a vote of 227-194, largely along party lines. It includes funds for commerce and justice; agriculture, interior and environment; military construction and veterans affairs; and transportation, housing and urban development.

The legislation's passage means Democrats have successfully completed work on nine of the 12 annual appropriations bills in their chamber. They are set to pass a 10th bill, covering financial services and general government, this week.

It also funded a slew of agencies Trump wanted to scale back or eliminate, such as the National Science foundation, the government's largest nonmedical research and development investor; the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which provides weather and climate research. 

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