Senate passes 2-year budget deal

By  Joe Gould  3 hours ago    The Capitol dome in Washington D.C

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed and sent to President Donald Trump a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending on defense and an array of other domestic programs, significantly adding to rapidly escalating government debt.

In their final statements before the vote, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer endorsed the budget, but the Democrat was far more enthusiastic, while McConnell off-loaded responsibility for the deal onto the White House. John Thune, R-S.D., praised the plan despite opposition from several members of their own party. "But the administration negotiated a strong deal". 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. "This is the deal President Trump is waiting and eager to sign into law", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Trump said on Twitter shortly before the vote. The lobbying effort paid off in the Senate as more Republicans voted in favor of the deal than against it, by a margin of 30-23.

The vote marks the last legislative action for the Senate for a while, as it starts a five-week recess.

Pelosi won remarkable Democratic unity in pushing the bill through the House last week despite divides on issues such as impeachment and health care.

After it passed, Mr McConnell said the legislation "ensures our federal government will not approach any kind of debt crisis in the coming weeks or months".

Without a lifting of the debt ceiling, the Treasury Department would be unable to borrow money to pay the USA government's bills. It doesn't completely eliminate the possibility of a spending fight or even a partial government shutdown in the fall; specific appropriations bills, including one for Homeland Security that could trigger another clash over border-wall funding, still have to be worked out.

In a series of tweets over the past week, Trump has hailed the budget deal with Pelosi, singling out the record funding for the military as the principal gain made by the administration negotiating team, which was headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Many House conservatives hailing from the House Freedom Caucus voted against the legislation.

Twenty-three Republicans voted against, including Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) says he will vote against the plan because it "perpetuates fiscal recklessness". Paul called the move part of a spending problem in Washington, D.C., and said it binds future generations to massive levels of debt.

Rand Paul, R-Ky. "Many of the supporters of this debt deal ran around their states for years complaining that, 'President Obama's spending too much and borrowing too much, ' and these same Republicans now, the whole disingenuous lot of them, will wiggle their way to the front of the trough".

"What is irresponsible is a Congress that believes they are Santa Claus and they can be everything to everyone and everything is free", he continued. According to the New York Times, this increase in domestic spending includes $2.5 billion for the 2020 census.

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