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Senate passes the 2-year budget deal


The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise the U.S. budget and lift the debt ceiling for the next two years. The spending deal now heads to the Oval Office to be signed by President Donald Trump.

The legislation passed 67-28, with 23 Republicans and five Democrats voting against the bill. Its passage in Congress — shortly before senators left Capitol Hill to return to their states — will push off the threat of a financial crisis and automatic spending cuts that were set to kick in.

Conservative lawmakers and advocates have griped that the deal, which was hashed out in July between the White House and congressional leaders in both parties, doesn't take steps to curb spending or shrink ballooning U.S. deficits.

"There's a day of reckoning with this," Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Fox News ahead of the vote. The deal was expected to reach the 60-vote threshold required to pass in the Senate.

The bill also suspends the U.S. borrowing limit for two years, allowing both parties to circumvent another politically toxic fight over the debt ceiling before the 2020 presidential election.

1st August 2019

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