Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said the bill's $18.3 billion in discretionary spending bill is "paid for by using savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," while its $2.88 billion in mandatory spending is offset by changes in other veterans' programs.
Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said the bill "creates new veterans' programs, new spending for veterans, and it is not paid for in any way. It is all borrowed money."
A yes vote was to advance the bill over budget objections raised by Republicans.
Voting yes: Al Franken, D, Amy Klobuchar, D
Voting no: None
Not voting: None
Key votes ahead In the week of March 3, the House will debate federal and state regulation of surface coal mining, a delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and a repeal of National Flood Insurance premium increases. The Senate will take up a bill to renew child care and development block grants to states.