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White House and Congress come to agreement on budget deal

July 23, 2019

On Monday, the White House and Congress reached a budget agreement that will increase federal spending and raise the government’s borrowing limit. This deal is a bipartisan compromise that seeks to avoid a looming financial crisis.

This budget deal calls for more than $2.7 trillion in spending over the next two years and suspending the debt ceiling until July 2021. It raises federal spending by almost $50 billion above current spending levels. It is awaiting approval from both chambers of Congress and President Trump’s signature.

President Trump on Twitter praised the deal, calling it a “big victory to our Great Military and Vets!”

“I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt ceiling, with no poison pills….”

“….This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the deal “secures the resources we need to keep rebuilding our armed forces.” He said he wanted to secure a vote for the deal before the Senate’s recess.

Trump had originally sought $150 billion in spending cuts, but the final number amounted to $77 billion in savings. The agreement would extend small cuts to Medicare and extend fees collected by Customs and Border Protection.

Some Republicans criticized the deal for its high spending but acknowledged its need.

“While this deal is not perfect, compromise is necessary in divided government,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.)

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