House-Senate negotiators unveil spending bill

November 15, 2011 - 12:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House-Senate negotiators have agreed on a bundle of spending measures for the ongoing budget year, blending cuts to NASA and community development programs while averting cuts to nutrition programs like food stamps.

The approximately $180 billion measure would fund the day-to-day departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the space program. The agreement was reached Monday night.

It also contains stopgap spending legislation to keep the government running until Dec. 16 to buy lawmakers more time for a raft of other spending bills, but many of those measures are loaded with controversy. Without the stopgap measure, the government would partially shut down this weekend.