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US lawmakers unveil $1.39 trillion spending bill, no Obamacare increase

Published on Jan 14, 2014 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators in the United States Congress on Monday unveiled a US$1.1 trillion (S$1.39 trillion) spending bill that aims to prevent another government shutdown while boosting funding levels slightly for military and domestic programs - but not for "Obamacare" health reforms.

With a deadline looming at midnight Wednesday for new spending authority, lawmakers will still need a three-day stop-gap funding extension to ensure enough time for passage of the spending bill this week.

The measure eases across-the-board spending cuts by providing an extra US$45 billion for military and domestic discretionary programs for fiscal 2014, to a total of US$1.012 trillion. It also provides an additional US$85.2 billion for Afghanistan war funding that is typically handled off-budget.

The spending measure fills in the details of a budget agreement passed in December in the aftermath of a 16-day shutdown of many government agencies in October. The shutdown was prompted largely by disputes over funding for "Obamacare" health insurance reforms.

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