US congressional leaders have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown.

The massive bill includes both Republican-backed initiatives and Democratic priorities.

The spending bill, passed in combination with a tax plan, easily made it through the House and Senate.

President Barack Obama has promised to sign the legislation, which includes spending increases for the National Institutes of Health and the military.

Republicans scored victories in the bill, including ending a decades-long ban on exporting US crude oil.

“The bipartisan compromise secures meaningful wins for Republicans and the American people,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.



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