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Spending Increase Approved by Congress Totals $296B

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Monday, 12 February 2018 05:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the latest twist to the budgetary drama in Washington, D.C. the U.S. House and U.S. Senate approved a deal to further increase federal spending by $296 billion over the next two years.[1]

An earlier Number of the Day noted that the Trump administration budgets already projected spending increases every year for the next five years.

Under the most recent congressional agreement, defense spending will increase by $165 billion ($80 billion in 2018 and $85 billion in 2019).

Non-defense spending will increase by $131 billion ($63 billion in 2018 and $68 billion in 2019).

The bill won bipartisan support in the Senate. In the House, both parties were divided over the bill. A total of 73 Democrats voted for the bill and 67 Republicans voted against it.

House conservatives generally voted against the bill because of the spending increases. Liberals were upset that there was nothing done to legalize the status of children brought into the country illegally by their parents, often referred to as Dreamers.

Footnotes:

  1. The Hill, "Senate passes bill to end shutdown, sending it to House," February 9, 2018

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