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Senate Sends 2-Year Budget Deal to Trump, Shifting Focus to Shutdown-Averting Spending Bills

Senate Sends 2-Year Budget Deal to Trump, Shifting Focus to Shutdown-Averting Spending Bills

Lawmakers now have through Sept. 30 to pass appropriations.

GovExec.com
AUGUST 1, 2019
Eric Katz

The Senate on Thursday approved 67-28 a two-year budget deal that was negotiated by the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, sending to the president's desk a bill that will avoid drastic governmentwide cuts and turn attention toward ensuring federal agencies remain funded past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The vote followed months of negotiations spearheaded primarily by House Democrats and the Trump administration and avoids drastic, across-the-board funding cuts that were set to take effect in October. It would also suspend the debt ceiling for two years, staving off the threat of a default.

The measure—which will now go to President Trump, who has been a vocal proponent of the deal and helped round up Republican support for it—would boost funding across defense and non-defense agencies by $320 billion over the next two years compared to levels established under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Absent the budget deal, federal agencies would have seen a $125 billion cut in fiscal 2020 alone across both defense and non-defense spending... FULL ARTICLE

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