Mass. U.S. House Members United Against Just-Passed Spending Bill

Eight of Massachusetts' nine U.S. House members — all Democrats — voted against the $1.014 trillion spending bill the chamber approved by a narrow 219-206 margin late Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano did not vote.

The legislation passed three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown.

House Democrats' leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, voted against the bill, joined by 138 of her Democratic members. Sixty-seven Republicans voted against the measure.

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark called the spending bill "a glaring example of the disconnect between priorities in Washington and the needs of families at home."

The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate, where it faces similar opposition.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is leading the liberal push against the bill because of changes to Wall Street regulations.

The package, however, is supported by the Democratic White House.


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