Senate passes spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - The U.S. Senate has passed a spending bill totaling more than $1 trillion.

The bill cleared the senate by a vote of 57 to 35 Sunday.

The legislation includes about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs, including medicare and medicaid.

The measure also allows hiring workers to oversee investments and the financial markets.

Democrats, who carried most of the yay votes, say the spending hikes are needed during the recession.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee said the bill showed "out of control binge spending" which was "irresponsible" and "excessive."

The bill now goes to President Obama who must sign it into law by Friday, or extend a temporary measure to keep the government running.

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