Congress Busts Budget with Bipartisan Spending Deal


Senate leaders announced a budget-busting bipartisan deal Wednesday to hike government spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years, eliminating the budget caps that had kept deficits in check since 2012 but leaving the Pentagon pleading poverty.

The agreement could pave the way to avoid a government shutdown this week. Senators rallied behind the deal, saying it took care of a long list of priorities that had piled up over years. House lawmakers were less enthusiastic, and opposition from both the left and right could still sink the plan.

If it goes through, the deal would boost Pentagon spending this year by …

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