Biden Signs Trillion Dollar Package Bill

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( – On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed a spending bill for $1.2 trillion after Congress passed the overdue legislation which puts an end to any further threats of a partial shutdown of the government. 

In a statement, Biden noted that the agreement signed was a compromise and that neither side had managed to get everything they wanted. Still, as he pointed out it did not include any extremely steep cuts like the ones that the House GOP had been pushing for, while at the same time including an expansion to child care, investment in cancer research, funds for substance use cases, and mental health, border resources and leadership abroad. He added that this was good news for the American people. 

The current budget year is halfway through, but the lawmakers only just managed to get close to the government funding finish line. The process was further slowed by conservatives who were pushing for more policy mandates and bigger spending cuts than what the White House and the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, would continue. As a result of the impasse, the two chambers previously had to pass a number of short-term spending bills in order to keep the government funded. 

The White House noted that President Biden, who is in his Wilmington, Delaware home for the weekend, signed the bill after it passed through the Senate in a 74-24 vote. The vote came shortly after the expiration of funding for agencies at midnight. After the bill passed the shutdown operations ended. 

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