Congress agrees to bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill

By Kyle Johnson,

On Monday night, House and Senate Republicans and Democrats managed to come together and agree on a $1.012 trillion spending deal.

The bill will reduce some spending cuts, give federal workers a mild raise of 1 percent and other effects like protecting disabled veterans from an upcoming pension cut, reports CNN.

The bill would keep the government open and funded through September. "I think the most significant thing is this gets the train back on the track," said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rodgers.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski also applauded the bill saying, "This agreement shows the American people that we can compromise, and that we can govern."

According to The New York Times, cooperation managed to move past 134 policy provisions that House Republicans originally wanted included.

Most cuts to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) were nixed and the Environmental Protection Agency was able to keep regulating greenhouse gases. ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund was reduced $1 billion, which will make some Republicans happy.

The Internal Revenue Service will also see a reduced budget of $11.3 billion and the addition of requirements on how it reports on activities.

Republicans and Democrats believe that the bill will be able to pass Congress, but do realize that there will still be some loud complaints by some on both sides.

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