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For the first time since 2009, the U.S. Congress has done something amazing with respect to the budget of the U.S. government. It reached a deal to even have one!
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans announced Wednesday that negotiators have reached a deal to reconcile House and Senate budgets plans, which, if approved, would mark the first GOP budget in nearly a decade and the first joint congressional budget since 2009.
“This balanced budget reflects a commitment on the part of the House and Senate to fulfill our obligation to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said House Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., in a joint statement with Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo….
Final passage — which could come as early as this week — will also trigger a legislative pathway for Republicans to vote again this year to repeal President Obama’s health care law.
Since that tentative deal was struck, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the final version of the Congressional budget deal, while the U.S. Senate is expected to take up the measure sometime during the next week.
The really sad thing about this news is that it’s even remarkable.