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Pingree and Michaud Vote Against Considering Spending Bill

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Mike Michaud, both Democrats, voted against the massive $1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through next October.  

Both object to non-spending legislation added to the bill.  

While the vote was procedural, passing 214 to 212, the close vote led House Republican leaders to postpone a final vote on the spending legislation.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins hopes the House will pass a short-term spending bill to keep government funded for a couple of days to allow both the House and Senate to complete action on the budget.

Without that short term measure, funding for the federal government ends at midnight.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.