Spending bill withdrawn

Fed pay freeze back in limbo

An omnibus spending bill that ran nearly 2,000 pages is dead, the Washington Post is reporting.

According to the Post, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev), agreed late Thursday to abandon the massive bill, which had garnered widespread opposition from Republicans. Instead, Reid has agreed to work with Sen.Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass a short-term compromise to avoid a government shutdown.

The omnibus bill would have laid out the funding for every cabinet agency. It also included funding for earmarked projects and provided $158 billion for the military in Afghanistan. It also included the Senate version of a bill forcing a pay freeze for federal employees, and new insourcing rules.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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