Senate Passes 2-Year Budget Deal And Sends It To Trump

Senate approves 2-year budget deal sending bill to Trump's desk

Last week the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the bill with tepid Republican support, despite Trump's push for Congress to approve it.

Passage marked a drama-free solution to a worrisome set of looming Washington deadlines as both allies and adversaries of the president set aside ideology in exchange for relative fiscal peace and stability.

The Senate passed a two-year budget resolution on August 1 that sets caps for military and domestic spending through fiscal year 2021 and extends the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021, punting several sensitive spending issues until after the 2020 election.

"This budget deal is yet another missed opportunity to rein in excessive government spending", Cruz said in a statement. Lindsey Graham of SC that would require Facebook and other companies to disclose the purchasers of election ads on the internet; a bipartisan proposal to provide federal incentives for states to adopt paper ballot backups, and a bill passed by the Democratic-controlled House to provide $1 billion to states to tighten security and buy more secure voting machines.

"Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets (veterans), and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!" Trump tweeted before the vote.

"The budget monstrosity, the deal, the abomination", Paul said, will have "no restraints" on spending, Paul decried, adding, "We should not spend money we don't have..."

"There is always plenty of time to CUT!".

If Republicans can't muster enough opposition to stop the deficit-increasing budget deal from passing, it's unlikely that Democrats will. Numerous more solidly conservative Republicans said it allowed for unchecked borrowing and too much spending.

The spending package now heads to the White House where Trump is expected to sign it into law.

The $2.78 trillion ($1.48 trillion military spending) measure lifts the cap on the size of the USA debt.

"It's not just Democrats".

"I want to know what better deal anybody could have crafted that got Nancy Pelosi's sign-off in the House and Mitch McConnell's sign-off in the Senate, along with McCarthy and Schumer", Wicker said. "Donald Trump in his puerile babyishness, if that's even a word, is so upset at the fact that the Russians might have interfered, that it delegitimizes his election, and McConnell is so scared of Trump that he goes along". Spending rises on both the defense and civilian side.

By suspending the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021, it allows the federal government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default in the coming months.

"This legislation means jobs...and this legislation lays the groundwork to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

The Senate vote was 67-28, with more Democrats (38) voting for the bill than Republicans (29). Mitt Romney (R-Utah) says he will vote against the plan because it "perpetuates fiscal recklessness". James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Losers included more conservative elements of the White House.

The deal prevents automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, from taking effect under the Budget Control Act of 2011. "This is the deal that every member of this body should support when we vote later this morning".

President Trump pushed for the deal, noting it eliminates the threat of a financial disaster through the election.

Freshman Republican Indiana Sen.

Follow-up legislation would fill in the line-by-line details of agency budgets when the Senate returns in September.

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