House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal

02/09/18 05:54 AM EST
By Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews 

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a two-year budget deal Friday morning, along with a stopgap spending bill to end a brief government shutdown, sending the bill to President Donald Trump.

The measure passed narrowly, in a 240-186 vote, overcoming opposition from both conservative Republicans opposed to boosting federal spending and Democrats worried its passage would diminish their leverage in the upcoming debate over immigration.

After months of funding the government through short-term patches, a coalition of centrist House Republicans and Democrats combined to end the year's second government shutdown and resolve a fiscal fight that had spilled over from 2017. The measure now heads to Mr. Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The budget deal's passage will effectively end one of the most high-stakes fights in Washington, which devolved last month into a three-day partial government shutdown and a second, shorter one Friday. By ensuring stable government funding, the budget agreement removes the threat of a shutdown from Democrats' arsenal, disappointing those who had wanted the minority party to wield it in the coming fight over immigration.

The Senate had passed the spending package hours earlier in a 71-28 vote.

Write to Kristina Peterson at kristina.peterson@wsj.com and Natalie Andrews at Natalie.Andrews@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 09, 2018 05:54 ET (10:54 GMT)

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