A $1.1 trillion federal spending bill cleared the U.S. House Friday by a 316-113 vote. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The Senate is expected to take up the spending bill later today as well as the so-called "tax extenders bill," which the House approved Thursday.
The spending bill, which would fund the government through September 2016, garnered "yes" votes from 166 Democrats, who secured an extension of renewable energy tax credits as part of the "tax extenders" measure.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL,17) was among the Democratic House members who voted in favor of the spending bill.
"Whether it's the hardworking men and women at the Rock Island Arsenal, students in Rockford's Head Start program or veterans seeking care at the VA in Peoria, I am proud to have helped pass a funding bill to grow Illinois' economy and prevent another government shutdown," Bustos said in a statement. "No major pieces of legislation are perfect but I'm very pleased to see record investments to reduce violence against women, additional support to combat the heroin epidemic that is gripping too many of our communities, and funding to strengthen our infrastructure. Today we took a major step forward and I am hopeful that we can continue on this path of bipartisan cooperation in 2016."
Among other provisions, the spending bill lifts the oil export ban, puts a two-year hold on the Affordable Care Act's tax on expensive health insurance and renews health benefits for 9/11 first responders.
Democrats were hoping to see provisions added to the spending bill to tackle Puerto Rico's budget troubles.
At the direction of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, lawmakers will work on a measure separate from the spending bill to address Puerto Rico's fiscal problems. Ryan wants the plan crafted by early next year.
UPDATE (11:06 a.m.): The U.S. Senate has passed the spending bill and tax break measure. The package now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.