Congress will vote Thursday on a $1.1 trillion spending planthat includes a provision to help out the Pension Benefit GuarantyCorp. by letting financially ailing multiemployerpension plans cut retiree benefits for the first time in 40years.

Opponents to the provision were trying to get additional Housemembers to oppose the last-minute 161-page bill, which was attachedto the massive spending plan during a lame-duck session ofCongress.

The current Congress was scheduled to adjourn Thursday, and thespending bill must be approved in order to keep the governmentrunning. There is a possibility that Congress could pass acontinuing resolution which would keep the government open untilthe end of the week, which would give legislators more time forlegislative proposals.

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