Senate votes to end debate on next 'minibus' spending bill

The Senate on Thursday afternoon voted 81-14 to end debate on H.R. 2354, which is slated to become the legislative vehicle for a "minibus" appropriations bill on Energy and Water, Financial Services and General Government and State-Foreign Operations.

Earlier in the day, the Obama administration released a Statement of Administration Policy that called on the Senate to meet several spending priorities in that bill.

The Senate is expected to take up an amendment to broaden the bill next week, and possibly consider other amendments.