US House passes 2-year budget deal despite Republican opposition

US House passes 2-year budget deal despite Republican opposition

The US House of Representatives has approved a two-year budget deal agreed by the White House and congressional Democrats, despite widespread opposition from Donald Trump’s own Republican Party.

The vote on Thursday means the agreement has cleared a key hurdle in Congress. It will now head to the Senate for passage in the upper chamber, before moving on to the US president for his signature.

If enacted, the legislation would suspend the US debt limit, which currently stands at $22tn, until 2021, after next year’s presidential election, averting a dangerous US debt default.

The agreement attracted conservative criticism because it raises spending by $320bn with limited offsetting budget cuts.

In the House, 284 lawmakers voted in favour of the deal while 149 voted against it.

While Democrats were overwhelmingly supportive of the deal, 132 Republicans voted against it, defying Mr Trump.

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