Published: Mon, August 05, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Senate Sends $2.7 Trillion Budget Deal to Trump

Senate Sends $2.7 Trillion Budget Deal to Trump

The agreement - which passed 67-28 - has the support of President Donald Trump and bipartisan leaders from both chambers, but it sharply split Republicans in the final vote.

"Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets (veterans), and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!" Trump again tweeted his full-throated support prior to the Senate vote.

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

The legislation raises the federal borrowing limit until July 2021.

"I will take this smaller deal to give our military what it needs: predictability", Inhofe said in a Senate floor speech Tuesday.

The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that set new spending limits and suspended limits on Washington's borrowing capabilities.

There was some robust discussion of health care spending-which accounts for about 40 percent of federal outlays-but only in the context of debating how much more of Americans heath care costs the government should cover.

In remarks ahead of the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal "a strong deal". The measure now goes to the president's desk for his signature as senators head out of town for the August recess.

Needless to say, he doesn't like the nickname, which is quickly catching on.

Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana said he was opposing the measure because of concerns about the debt.

He urged members of his own party to back the $2 trillion measure amid a series of defections by fellow Republican party members who have spent years railing against what they termed wasteful spending during the Obama administration. If you go to a CR for defense, we'd be losing a lot of what we've gained on the defense buildup.

The deal prevents automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, from taking effect under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Speaking for the Trump administration, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, a professed "deficit hawk" or opponent of higher spending, said on Fox News Sunday, "When the Democrats won the House, everybody knew that we would end up spending more money". Spending rises on both the defense and civilian side.

Collins did not criticize the majority leader in her statement that day, but said the committee's report "provides irrefutable evidence of Russia's ongoing efforts to interfere in our electoral process and to influence and divide public opinion in our country". "The sequester hampered our ability to make investments in the middle class for eight years".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is confident it will pass despite the misgivings of many Republicans.

"One, they want the Russians to interfere because they think it'll help them". It establishes a $1.37 trillion budget agreement in the first year, with $738 billion for defense spending and $632 billion in non-defense spending for fiscal year 2020.

Inhofe said this week that while he would have preferred more savings elsewhere in the budget, "the main thing" is providing funds for the military.

Paul's amendment to impose lower spending caps for the next decade, while requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution before allowing a modest debt limit increase, was defeated on a 23-70 vote.

The deal passed Thursday increases military and domestic spending by $320 billion over two years compared to existing law. Two year deal gets us past the Election, ' Trump said, hinting at urgency as the 2020 elections approached.

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