The House Appropriations Committee approved allocation of the $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending for 2015 to 12 spending bills with a 25-20 vote. Most of the measures were given a budget similar to this year, but the $52 billion Transportation and Housing bill received a $2 billion cut, and the Labor, Health and Education measure has been reduced by $1 billion to $156 billion. Completion of the 12 spending bills could help avert the need for a stopgap spending measure when the fiscal year ends on Oct. 1, according to this article.

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