WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Senate ally of President Barack Obama says Democrats won't push to get money for signature party initiatives in advancing a huge spending measure that would fund day-to-day federal operations through September.
The chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, says the Senate will give agencies like the Agriculture, Homeland Security and Justice departments their detailed, line-by-line budgets as part of the legislation advancing next week. Its aim is to head off a government shutdown at the end of March.
The House passed a narrower version of the bill on Wednesday. Mikulski said Thursday that the Senate measure would leave in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon.
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