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Senate passes budget bill late night to reopen government

The Senate voted early Friday morning to reopen the government after passing a $400 billion budget deal 71-28, handing the bill off to the House for a morning debate where success is not a guarantee.

This comes nearly 3 hours after Rand Pauls initial protest through the Senate into recess until 12:01, a minute past the deadline. This is now the second government shutdown in the first 3 weeks of the new year.

The budget agreement is attached to a six-week temporary funding bill that is needed to help keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact.

The budget would raise strict spending caps on domestic and military spending in this fiscal year and the next one by about $300 billion in total. It would also be lifting the federal debt limit until March of 2019 and includes almost $90 billion in disaster relief in response to last year’s natural disasters.

Under the agreement, the Pentagon would be getting an additional $80 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $85 billion in fiscal year 2019, while domestic spending would grow by $63 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $68 billion the following fiscal year.


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