WASHINGTON - The US Congress on
Thursday approved $38 billion in spending cuts this year as
part of a bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30,
sending the legislation to President Barack Obama to sign into
After months of wrangling between Democrats and
Republicans, the Senate voted 81 to 19 in favor of the budget
bill for the rest of this fiscal year.
Passage came shortly
after the House of Representatives voted 260-167 for the
Without approval of this bill, US government funding for
most agencies would have expired at midnight on Friday.