House votes to fix appropriation process

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House has voted to fix its broken process for handling the $1 trillion provided to federal agencies each year for their day-to-day operations.

Lawmakers voted 416-1 to approve a bipartisan $71 billion measure that would fund the Veterans Affairs Department and construction projects on military bases. The only no vote came from Idaho Republican Raul Labrador.

A vote is scheduled for Thursday that would freeze Congress' own budget. That includes a rejection of a $2,800 cost-of-living pay increase for lawmakers.

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312-c-16-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"cost-of-living pay increase"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports the House will continue working Thursday to get appropriation bills on track. (30 Apr 2014)

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311-v-35-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)--The House is making its way through votes on spending bills. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports. (30 Apr 2014)

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