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Federal Budget Agreement 2019
The deal sets public spending for the next fiscal year, which begins in October, at $1.37 trillion (£1.12 trillion). President Donald Trump has hinted at his intention to freeze federal salaries in his budget proposal for 2020. The president has until August 31 to formally present to Congress his plans to freeze federal wages, failing which employees will be liable for a salary adjustment based on a legal formula. Washington — White House and congressional negotiators agreed Monday on a biennial budget that would increase spending by $320 billion from existing caps and allow the government to continue borrowing, most likely avoid a fiscal crisis, but inject even more red ink on an already rising deficit. Old habits die heavily. Despite the forceful insistence of Donald Trump and the Republican leadership of Congress, the party`s rank-and-file members offered only lukewarm support for the bipartisan budget deal, which raised the U.S. public debt ceiling and paved the way for increased public spending. Rising costs of an aging population, the baby boom generation affecting Social Security and Medicare benefits, and Washington`s spending habits have led to increased federal spending and interest costs related to rising public debt. During the first two years of the Trump administration, the debt increased by more than $2 trillion, in part due to the $1.5 trillion tax cut over 10 years and the large spending increases signed by Mr. Trump.
The Senate voted 81-11 in favor of a $1.4 trillion spending package that the federal government will fund by the end of September 2020. Meanwhile, public debt has risen to $22 trillion. Despite healthy economic growth, the federal deficit reached $747 billion this fiscal year, two months before the previous year, a 23 per cent increase over the previous year. Congress passed all appropriations for the remaining seven budget laws for the remainder of fiscal 2019 and the President signed the omnibus before the existing rolling resolution (CR) expired at midnight on February 15. On January 25, a three-week resolution was passed to reopen the government after a 35-day partial ceasefire, the longest in U.S. history. The other five finance laws had already been promulgated by two minibus spending packages before the start of the 2019 financial year. When the Senate returns to Capitol Hill on September 9, it will have about three weeks of legislation to come up with some sort of funding agreement by the end of the fiscal year, September 30.
The Senate could set up and vote on its own version of these finance laws in regular order. After negotiators agreed on the deal, President Trump repeatedly tweeted his support, but Republican lawmakers didn`t necessarily agree. In the House of Representatives, the measure received less support from GOP members than three previous budget deals, with only 65 representatives supporting it. Since Democrats are in the majority for the first time in the BCA era, it`s not entirely surprising that minority party Republicans would force them to vote. But we might have expected the president`s public support to bring in more members of his own party. “It`s pretty clear that both houses of Congress and both parties have become big backers, and Congress is no longer concerned about the size of budget deficits or the debt they add,” said David M. McIntosh, president of the Growth Club, a conservative group that advocates free entrepreneurship. . . .