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Congress Approves FY 2016 Budget; Sen. Mitch McConnell Comments

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CapitolDomeThe U.S. Senate has passed a spending deal that seeks to increase funds for defense programs in fiscal 2016 and balance the federal budget within a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Nick Timiraos writes the agreement marks the first House-Senate Republican budget resolution in six years and was cleared by Senate on a 51-48 vote Tuesday, with all Democrat members voting against it.

The blueprint also includes a strategy for Republicans to use a “reconciliation” process in an attempt to modify some aspects of the healthcare law, according to WSJ.

This procedure does not require a 60-majority vote to pass legislation in the upper chamber.

USA Today reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the 2016 budget “aims to make government more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the middle class.”

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