Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

The smart money is on old school types such as Democratic leader Harry Reid and GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

The measure passed the House after a day of drama Thursday but by a relatively comfortable 219-206. The vote came after GOP leaders sent the House into a seven-hour recess to give the White House time to lobby Democrats angry that the measure weakens rules on the financial industry and allows wealthy donors to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into political parties.