The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a spending bill that seeks to cut nearly $40 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal 2011 and also targets certain elements of the healthcare reform law.
House passes spending measure
In a 260-167 vote, House members passed the bill that received support from 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats. Still pending approval from the Senate, the bill would cut about $315 billion over the next 10 years, according to House Speaker John Boehner.
Included in the legislation were provisions related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including one that strips the law's free-choice voucher program for consumers and another that eliminates some—but not all—funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP.
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