Senate approves spending bill without a provision to prohibit the arming of teachers

The Congress needs to avoid until the end of September, a government shutdown.

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The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $854 billion measure Thursday, combines military expenditure with disbursements for the Department of Health and Human Services, education, labor, and other authorities.

The 85-7 vote sends the measure to the house, and that means that the Senate now has nine of the 12 mandatory spending begins bills for the budget year, Oct. 1.

The house approved a $675-billion spending bill for the Department of defense, but has not voted on a spending measure for labor, health and education. Senators from both parties have said they want to keep the two measures is appropriate. The bills need to merged into a single product that passes both the house and the Senate before they can be sent to the White house for President Trump’s signature.

The bill included a ban, no formal proposal for the arming of teachers, in spite of the threats by the Democrats to draft an amendment to block the Department of education from using funds that Congress appropriated for the purpose.

Under current law, the trump color management, the money may use it to arm teachers, until the end of September.

The bill increases military pay by 2.6 percent, the biggest increase in almost a decade, and ups, the funding for the National institutes of health by 5 percent.

Republicans cited defense loads in urging support for the measure, which is about two-thirds of the state’s expenditure for the year 2019 financial year.

The 5% boost for NIH is the fourth significant increase in the biomedical research Agency. The measure would hike spending for Alzheimer’s research to more than $2.3 billion, which is essentially a quadrupling of the spending levels of four years ago of a disease that requires hundreds of billions of dollars for the treatment of dementia-related care.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., The Chairman of the appropriations Subcommittee on labor and health, said not to worry that if the United States will find a solution to the disease by 2050, “we will be spending about twice today’s defense budget on Alzheimer’s disease.”

The bill would also seeks a $145 million increase for the treatment of opioid, bringing the expenditure to confront, to $3.7 billion in what the lawmakers called an epidemic of abuse.

It would be also the spending for the Head Start preschool program, and the maximum Pell grants for college education are increasing.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the vote “shows what we can do in the Senate to work together. We all know it is not easy, but it works.”

Some conservatives have criticized the Republicans to go along with Democratic demands to increase non-military expenditure, the expenditure with the increase in defense. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said that to Fund the bill “wasteful and ineffective programs turn, should be curtailed or completely eliminated,” and makes several policy drivers is important, the conservatives.

To avoid the Senate have agreed to leaders of both parties, attaching a so-called poison pill proposals to the expenditure of the legislation to ensure passage.

The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocking taxpayer dollars to planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Paul said that the amendment offered by the Republicans, who “profess pro-life values,” the chance ” to our words into action, stands for the sanctity of life and speak for the most innocent among us who have no voice.”

Only 45 senators voted for the proposal.

The Senate leader also blocked an amendment by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., to permit the intervention of the Senate in Texas, a lawsuit could re-conditions overturning health-care protection for people with pre-existing medical. The Trump administration has said it will defend key parts of Obama’s Affordable Care Act in court.

“What happened today in the Senate’s disgusting,” Manchin said after the amendment was blocked. He said elected Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell “to play politics with the health care of millions of Americans”, including about 1.8 million people with pre-existing conditions in his home state of Kentucky.

“This is not a democratic or Republican Problem, this is the life or death of many,” Manchin said.

Manchin election opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, the member States, the challenge of the health care law.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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