WASHINGTON ― The House approved two packages of spending legislation Tuesday, taking a major step to avoid a government shutdown later this week by giving and billions more for pet projects.

Lawmakers passed the two bills Tuesday by votes of 280-138 and 297-120.

The legislation, which in total amounts to $1.37 trillion, was split up for multiple reasons. The first motive was to avoid angering , who said he would not sign another “omnibus” bill ― a common term for an all-encompassing spending bill that wraps together every individual appropriations bill. Lawmakers basically just split the omnibus into two parts and voted on them within minutes of each other.

The second reason was votes. Democratic and GOP leaders

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