Mas­sive bud­get bill faces op­po­si­tion in US

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

WASHINGTON: The fate of House leg­is­la­tion to freeze the bud­gets of most Cabi­net de­part­ments and fund the war in Afghanistan for an­other year is now in the hands of the Se­nate, where it faces un­cer­tain prospects. The House passed the bill Wed­nes­day evening by a 212-206 vote. It would cap the an­nual op­er­at­ing bud­gets of fed­eral agen­cies at the $1.2 tril­lion ap­proved for the re­cently fin­ished bud­get year - a $46 bil­lion cut of more than 3 per­cent from Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's request. It in­cludes $159 bil­lion to pros­e­cute the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq next year and deals a blow to Obama's ef­forts to close the Navy-run prison for ter­ror­ist sus­pects in Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba.

The 423-page mea­sure, op­posed by Repub­li­cans, con­ser­va­tive Democrats and some anti-war law­mak­ers, wraps a dozen un­fin­ished spend­ing bills into a sin­gle mea­sure. Se­nate Democrats are work­ing on a dif­fer­ent ap­proach that would pro­vide slightly more money and would in­clude thou­sands of pet projects sought by law­mak­ers. It's un­clear whether that mea­sure can get enough sup­port from GOP old-timers to sur­vive a fil­i­buster by party con­ser­va­tives. -Ap

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