Senate Approves Trump-Backed Spending, Debt Limit Bill

August 1, 2019 Updated: August 1, 2019

WASHINGTON—A bipartisan budget and debt deal has passed the Senate and is heading to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.

The Senate on Thursday, Aug. 1, passed legislation supported by Trump that would suspend limits on borrowing authority for two years and set government spending at higher levels through September 2021.

By a vote of 67-28, the Senate passed the legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

The measure would permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all its bills and would set an overall $1.37 trillion limit on agency budgets approved by Congress annually.

It also would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October and automatic spending cuts.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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