WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday gave final congressional approval to a $105.8-billion spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that more than doubles the current funding for research and other programs designed to combat the spread of AIDS.
The action preceded Senate consideration of a $489-billion stopgap spending bill designed to keep the government running after next Thursday, when current funding of many other agencies expires. President Reagan has threatened to veto the stopgap bill.
In addition, the Senate approved by voice vote an $11.9-billion bill for the departments of State, Commerce and Justice. The measure retains funding for three agencies that the President originally tried to eliminate--the Economic Development Administration, the Legal Services Corp. and the Small Business Administration.
$230 Million for AIDS
The funding measure for Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, also approved by voice vote, provides $230 million for AIDS programs--up from $100 million in fiscal 1985. It also would authorize the surgeon general to close down public bathhouses if they are found to be linked to the spread of the disease.