The Senate, in a 67-28 vote today, passed a budget deal that raises Federal spending $320 billion over current levels and lifts the debt ceiling for two years, averting a shutdown. The Senate budget, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called “a strong deal,” is a companion to the House’s budget, which emerged from negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cali., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Despite nearly two-thirds of House Republicans opposing the House budget deal last week, McConnel, Senate GOP leaders, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, encouraged Senate Republicans to support the budget bill. Senate Democrats largely supported the bill, and President Trump is expected to sign it.

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