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C4ISR & Networks: Senate Sends $1.15T Omnibus Spending Package to Obama

senateAn omnibus bill that would authorize $1.15 trillion in government funds for fiscal year 2016 is now headed to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature after the Senate passed the budget plan Friday with a 65-33 vote, C4ISR & Networks reported.

Carten Cordell writes the Senate’s decision comes after the House voted 316-113 to approve the legislation that would keep the government funded until September 2016.

The bill would allocate $548.091 billion in funds for base defense programs and $518.491 billion for base non-defense initiatives, according to the report.

Some associations that represent federal employees have aired their support for the omnibus spending package, Cordell reports.

“With the allowance of the pay increase and extended protections for victims of the data breach, as well as the absence of harmful proposals suggested in recent budget resolutions, we appreciate that the Congress has finally put together a long-term plan to remove uncertainty and fund the remainder of fiscal year 2016,” said Patricia Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association.

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