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Senate backs bill to avert the shutdown, the boost of military spending

WASHINGTON – The Senate has approved a broad $854 billion bill that provides a solution to keep the government open through Dec. 7 and the funding of the military and many civilian organizations.

The measure includes $675 billion for the Ministry of Defence and increases military pay by 2.6 percent. That is the largest salary increase in nine years. The measure also approves the expenditure for the Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health.

The senate approved the bill 93-7 on Tuesday. The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve next week. That would leave to save for a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown.

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