House Passes Giant Budget-And-Debt Deal

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The House voted Wednesday evening to approve the bipartisan budget deal, 266 to 167, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram.

Pergram posted the vote break down on Twitter, showing 79 Republicans voted for the deal, along with 187 Democrats.

No Democrats voted in opposition, but 167 Republicans voted against the budget deal.

But only 29 Republicans voted no during the preliminary vote on the debate ‘rule.’ That’s when the budget bill could have been killed if enough Republicans had banded together to stop it, because Democrats rarely cross the partisan aisle to support a GOP rule.

Earlier in the day, the House Freedom Caucus – the group of conservative lawmakers who pushed out House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) – said they planned to oppose the budget deal.

The budget deal allows the federal government to borrow more money in 2016 and 2017, and it raises spending plans by $132 billion during the two years.




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