United States Senators Hammer Out Deal On $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

United States Senators recently passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill on March 23, 2024 to prevent a partial government shutdown. This seemingly out an end to a budgetary squabble that threatened to shut down non-essential operations of several government agencies. 

The bill is currently making progress in the US Senate, which is under Democrat control.

The budgetary agreement was embraced by President Joe Biden, who ended up signing  the bill on March 23.

Although the House passed the spending bill with solid bipartisan support, it still drew criticism from the allies of Donald Trump in the Republican Party who rejected the budgetary compromise.

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene kicked off an attempt to remove Mike Johnson as Speaker of the US House, who has been in that role since October. Greene did not say when she planned to follow through with the threat, but described it as a “warning” for Johnson.

The agreement in the Senate let Senate Republicans vote on several amendments, which included several connected to giving immigration laws teeth.

“Senate Democrats are shutting down the government rather than allow us to vote on things like deporting criminal migrants. Say what you will, but they’re committed to open borders,” Ohio Senator JD Vance, posted on X prior to the deal being hammered out. 

The spending agreement will keep the government funded until the end of September. Spending battles are all the rage in DC, as politicians are desperately trying to fund their pet projects in Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. The border is another major point of contention. 

It’s abundantly clear that the US government is spending too much money on military adventures and domestic largesse. 

At some point, politicians will have to make tough decisions by slashing a litany of government programs. If not, the US will experience a catastrophic economic collapse.

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