US government to be funded into 2017


NPR: Senate passes 2-year budget to President Barack Obama.

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NPR: Senate passes 2-year budget to President Barack Obama.

“For months, there was real concern the looming Nov. 3 deadline to lift the debt ceiling was going to send Congress into crisis mode, right when it was picking a new Speaker of the House.

“But now Congress has days to spare, having passed a budget agreement that raises the debt ceiling until March 2017. The deal also increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years — splitting that amount evenly between defense and domestic programs.

“The agreement was negotiated by former Speaker John Boehner, three other congressional leaders and the White House. The newly elected Speaker, Paul Ryan, supported the deal but says he’ll ensure a more inclusive process next time important legislation is at stake.”

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