Merry Christmas, America. The House just took a step toward ensuring an entire year without government shutdowns.
Despite a brief minirevolt among hard-line conservative Republicans, the House on Thursday approved a budget resolution that will set spending levels into 2015 with bipartisan support. The nonbinding resolution aims to replace parts of sequestration by offering $63 billion of “sequester relief” and will set spending levels at $1.012 trillion in fiscal year 2014 and $1.014 trillion in fiscal year 2015.
The House passed the resolution 332-94, and the Senate is expected to pass it next week. Because budget resolutions are not intended to become law, President Barack Obama will not sign it, but the measure will provide the appropriations committees in the House and Senate guidelines for spending over the next two years.
The agreement, which is by no means historic, comes five years after Congress agreed to its last bicameral budget resolution and several failed attempts at a grandRead More »from A shutdown-free future is in the cards