House expected to pass spending bill
It's a package that includes victories and setbacks for both Democrats and Republicans. And today, the House is expected to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year.
Lawmakers are looking to avoid a repeat of last fall's 16-day federal shutdown. Or as one Republican puts it, "There's a desire to show people we can do our job."
The measure heads off an additional $20 billion in automatic cuts to the Pentagon's budget and to many domestic programs.
It also provides money for the new health care overhaul and the Obama administration's revamping of federal oversight of the nation's financial markets.
The Senate is expected to approve the legislation before the end of the week.