Senate passes budget even as impasse on spending continues

Senate Republicans celebrated on Tuesday after passing the first joint budget resolution in more than five years, but that success is just the start of the much more difficult task of funding the government.

Republicans said the next step will be for the Appropriations Committee to start drafting spending bills that meet the newly approved framework, which means cutting $496 billion in non-defense spending over the next decade. The budget adheres to domestic spending caps included in the 2011 Budget Control Act, also known as the sequester, and uses nearly $40 billion in off-budget funds to boost defense spending to over $563 billion…

…Republicans said Tuesday they will not waiver.

“We’re not going to wave the white flag on the day that we passed a budget agreement,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). “I think a more positive can-do attitude is a good place to start.”

Washington Post

5/5/15