The Senate is expected to vote today on a bipartisan federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring the measure will pass the Democrat dominated chamber today and head to the White House to be signed into law.
The deal, worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray, passed in the House on a 332-94 vote last Thursday. The plan represented a rare convergence between the two political parties on government spending after two years of debate and brinksmanship that included the 16-day shutdown in October.
Local congressman Patrick McHenry is among those who voted for the budget’s passage.
“Last week I joined with a conservative majority in the House to pass a budget that reduces our deficit by an additional $23 billion, preserves $2.1 trillion in spending cuts, and avoids another government shutdown,” McHenry said. “While far from perfect, the budget agreement proves that a divided government can still uphold its constitutional responsibility of passing an honest budget that delivers certainty to our economy without raising taxes on hardworking families.”
The Associated Press explained that the new budget would replace $45 billion in scheduled cuts for the 2014 budget year that are already underway, which would lift agency budgets to a little more than $1 trillion, and it would essentially freeze spending at those levels for 2015. In addition, the proposed plan would substitute spending cuts and new fees to replace the automatic cuts, devoting $23 billion to reducing the deficit over the coming decade.
Final approval in the Senate will require a simple majority of 51 votes.