Senate Democrats are pushing for an omnibus appropriations measure to keep the federal government and bond-related programs funded through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2011, instead of moving forward with a continuing resolution that was approved by the House last week.

But Republicans in the House are railing against the omnibus bill, citing the inclusion of earmarks and spending increases exceeding those in the House-passed measure. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is to become speaker in January, called the omnibus bill a "spending monstrosity" Wednesday.

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