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$1.2 trillion US spending measure is signed by Biden

  • A $1.2 trillion spending plan signed by President Joe Biden keeps the U.S. government solvent for the duration of its fiscal year.
  • The 1,012-page law gives the Defense Department $886 billion in financing, along with an increase for American forces.
  • The bill’s opponents claim it is too costly, dangerous, would cause inflation, and is essentially a vote to steal people’s money.

A $1.2 trillion spending plan signed by President Joe Biden keeps the U.S. government solvent for the duration of its fiscal year, which started six months ago. The package was characterized as bolstering national security, the economy, and American investment.

Biden pleaded with Congress to approve other initiatives that are stalled in the chambers of Congress, such as the bipartisan border security accord and the supplemental national security package. With a vote of 74–24, the Democratic-majority Senate approved the spending package, ensuring funding for important federal agencies through September 30.

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The business community expressed satisfaction with the spending bill’s passing and pledged to keep collaborating with legislators to develop laws that would improve tax benefits for low-income families and companies.

According to Joshua Bolten, CEO of the Business Roundtable, American companies, laborers, and families benefit greatly from the stability that comes from a fully functional federal government.

Senate leaders negotiated hours-long changes to the budget package, which eventually failed and delayed its passage over the Friday midnight deadline. The White House Office of Management and Budget, however, assured the public that the bill would be swiftly passed by the Senate and stated that agencies would not be required to close.

Once again, there were sharp differences between the parties and within the small and unstable Republican majority in the House. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fiery conservative, threatened to throw Speaker Mike Johnson out of office if he allowed the bill to pass.

The 1,012-page law gives the Defense Department $886 billion in financing, along with an increase for American forces. The bill’s opponents claim it is too costly, dangerous, would cause inflation, and is essentially a vote to steal people’s money.

Under Donald Trump’s presidency, there was a previous partial federal government shutdown that lasted from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019. Hardline conservative Greene submitted her bill to remove Speaker Johnson, but some Democrats warned that if Johnson called a vote on a $95 billion security assistance package already authorized by the Senate for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine, they would vote to keep Johnson in office.

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