PressTV-US Senate reaches rare deal on spending hike

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats in the US Senate have agreed on a two-year deal to increase government spending by $300 billion, in order to avoid government shutdown in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled the deal on Wednesday night, on the eve of a deadline to avert another government shutdown.

“This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House,” Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said on the Senate floor. “We worked hard to find common ground and remained focused on serving the American people.”

The agreement would lift caps on military spending and allocates more funds for disaster relief, infrastructure and programs addressing opioid abuse, the Senate leaders said.

According to the White House, the bipartisan understanding would allow the government’s debt ceiling to be extended until March…

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