Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, supports South Dakota projects

The United States Senate easily passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill shortly after it overwhelmingly passed through the House Friday.

The bill, known as the Omnibus, passed through the Senate with a vote of 65 to 33 – averting a government shutdown before year’s end.

It lifts a 40-year-old ban on American crude oil exports and also includes tax breaks for businesses and working families.

It also benefits South Dakota specifically in many ways, including increases in defense spending, more support for rural water projects, and additional support for school districts that rely on the Impact Aid program.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the legislation a sweeping victory for hard working American families.