House votes to fix appropriations process

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Washington (AP) -- In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House has voted to fix its broken process for handling the $1 trillion provided to federal agencies each year for their day-to-day operations.

Lawmakers voted 416-1 to approve a bipartisan $71 billion measure that would fund the Veterans Affairs Department and construction projects on military bases. The only no vote came from Idaho Republican Raul Labrador.

A vote is scheduled for Thursday that would freeze Congress' own budget. That includes a rejection of a $2,800 cost-of-living pay increase for lawmakers.

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