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House spending plan passes with support of entire New York delegation

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The House overwhelmingly passed a trillion dollar bipartisan spending plan on Wednesday afternoon, with the entire New York delegation voting for it. Michael Scotto reports.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- House Democrats and Republicans appeared to seal the deal on a fiscal truce Wednesday afternoon.

When in a vote of 359 to 67, they passed a trillion dollar bipartisan spending plan that is expected to ward off a government shutdown in a few days.

“This bill isn't perfect, but it's a step forward,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan and Queens.

According to lawmakers, the nearly 1,600-page bill would restore early childhood education funding slashed during the sequester, increase funding to the Army Corps of Engineers for water infrastructure related projects and provide money for the construction of the second avenue subway.

While the entire New York delegation voted for it, there was some hesitation among Democrats.

“Probably the most egregious, definitely the most egregious piece is that the extender for unemployment insurance is just not part of the package,” said Rep. Paul Tonko of Albany.

One thing that is part of the package is a provision to delay some flood insurance rate hikes.
That worries some lawmakers who fear it could slow down their efforts to pass more sweeping legislation that would halt premium increases for a lot more people.

“What I want to make sure is that people don't get comfortable thinking that there was something included in this omnibus bill that resolves that issue. There's no need to get comfortable. In fact, it makes me uneasy,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks of Queens.

There was little uneasiness among New York Republicans who supported the bill.

Publicly, they saw it as a win, despite the fact that conservative groups like the Club for Growth and Heritage Action urged Republicans to oppose a plan that they thought was too big.

“This should be a celebration by Club for Growth or Heritage Action. What it effectively is showing the American public is they're out of touch. They're extremist,” said Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence.

The bill now moves on to the Senate. Lawmakers there are expected to act quickly so the government doesn't shut down at the end of this week.

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