GUEST: Lindsay Koshgarian, Research Director at National Priorities Project, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.
BACKGROUND: The House on Thursday passed a massive $2.7 trillion budget bill with overwhelming support from Democrats and only 65 Republican votes. The bill suspends the looming debt ceiling for 2 years, until just before a new Presidential term begins. And it covers not one, but two years. Although it included an increase in social spending, the military budget also got a boost.
President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to the deal ahead of the vote. But many Democrats were angered over a lack of conditions preventing Trump from using budgeted military spending to build his border wall, among other things. And Republicans were angry about the bill including spending on anything other than the military.
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