Spending Package

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By Felicia Fonseca / AP

March 17, 2013

When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared programs that serve the nation's most vulnerable -- such as food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' assistance -- from hard hits. 

(Washington, DC)—Today, the House and Senate cleared the fiscal year 2011 spending compromise. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. The fiscal 2011 spending bill (HR 1473) would provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding, $39.9 billion less than in fiscal year 2010—the largest annual reduction in U.S. history. The total includes $12 billion in cuts already agreed to in three other continuing resolutions (PL 112-4, PL 112-6, PL 112-8). 

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