The last time the GOP was able to ban his czars in a spending bill Obama issued a signing statement overriding the language.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a $1 trillion spending bill on a 296-121 vote to fund the federal government’s operations through Sept. 30. As part of a compromise struck late Thursday, the funding bill specifically prohibits “czars” related to health care, climate change, the auto industry and urban affairs.
The Senate is expected to pass the measure on Saturday.
Michigan’s House delegation split 10-5 in favor of the resolution.
Opposing the measure were Reps. Thad McCotter, R-Livonia; Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township; Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit; Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; and Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.
But Democrats and Republicans are still debating whether to extend a cut in payroll taxes set to expire Dec. 31, extend emergency unemployment insurance and increase Medicare reimbursement payments to doctors. Republicans are insisting on a provision aimed at speeding approval of a controversial energy pipeline from Canada.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, praised the vote.
“Recognizing the danger our spending-driven debt poses to long-term economic growth, this bill cuts discretionary spending for the second year in a row — a first in modern history — and eliminates several excessive government regulations that threaten job creators,” he said.