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Congress passes spending deal

By Tony Bertuca  
February 9, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Congress, after a short government shutdown last night, has approved a two-year budget agreement that would provide an additional $165 billion in defense spending. 

The Senate, which saw its vote delayed for hours by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), approved the measure 71-28 after 1 a.m.  The shutdown began at midnight. 

The House then voted 240-186 hours later to send the bill to President Trump. 

The deal was attached to a six-week continuing resolution that will give appropriators time to craft final legislation for fiscal year 2018.