House lawmakers on Thursday easily passed a $500 billion spending package, likely the last major legislation to be taken up before the November elections.
The move takes pressure off lawmakers to act on a multiyear farm bill stalled in Congress by extending a range of nutrition and low-income programs that were in danger of expiring. Those programs are normally part of the farm bill, which is up for renewal by Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal