House passes $1.4 trillion spending plan to avert government shutdown
Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approves $ 1.4 trillion spending package to prevent government blockages.
U.S. President Donald Trump triumphed over the Mexican border fence while driving domestic spending increases.
The government spending package is now heading to the Senate, where lawmakers will try to get it approved before current government funding expires on Saturday. This is necessary to avoid a budgetary collision that led to record 35-day interruptions in the work of government agencies at the end of last year and at the beginning of this year..
Bill Drafted by Legislators and Trump Administration Rejects President Donald Trump’s $ 5 Billion Request dollars he wants to spend on building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, keeping border funding at $ 1.37 billion. This will give Trump stable funding for his US-Mexico border fence, which has upset Spanish Democrats and party liberals..
White House spokeswoman Kellian Conway said Trump still has to sign the $ 1.4 trillion government spending budget this week. «He is very pleased that he learned that final agreement on the content of the document is expected.», – Conway told reporters at the White House.
The largest spending in the bill goes to the Department of Defense, which would receive $ 738 billion this year, up $ 22 billion from last year..
As part of this protection package, the Senate on Tuesday authorized the creation of «space forces» Trump, the first new division of the U.S. military in over 60 years. The budget also provides federal workers with 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
Total cost does not include separately funded programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that the US government will have a budget deficit of $ 960 billion in fiscal 2019 and an average annual deficit of $ 1.2 trillion. dollars – in 2020 and 2029 fiscal years.
The bill includes abolishing Obama-era taxes on expensive health plans, helping retired miners, and raising the age of majority from 18 to 21 for purchasing tobacco products..
Reduced package of additional tax incentives for businesses by 39 billion dollars includes, among other things, new tax breaks for craft brewers and distilleries.
The government spending package includes 425 million dollars in additional federal grants to help local governments prepare for the November 2020 presidential and congressional elections.
Some of this money will be used to strengthen the infrastructure against cyberattacks after the so-called Russian interference in the 2016 elections..
The negotiators agreed to hold a $ 7.6 billion census next year, which is conducted every 10 years. This is $ 1.4 billion more than Trump proposed.
The bill also sets aside $ 25 million for federal research on gun violence after a decade of suspension of such funding..
All this money will be directed to government programs until September 30, 2020.