WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget early Friday morning (1:01 a.m.) that will suspend the country’s debt limit into 2017 and will, at the same time, provide more money for defense.
The House bill passed the Senate 64-35. The bill cleared the House 266-167 Wednesday.
Both senators Wicker and Cochran voted yes on the Senate side, while the Mississippi vote in the House was split, with Thompson (D) and Harper (R) voting yes and Palazzo and Kelly, both Republicans, voting no.
“This is a fully offset agreement that rejects tax hikes, secures long-term savings through entitlement reforms, and provides increased support for our military — at a time when we confront threats in multiple theaters,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said Thursday morning on the Senate floor.
Some Republicans have said that the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner helped the Obama administration in the budget talks and that conservatives ended up conceding in some ways on the final budget bill.
Pres. Obama was expected to sign it into law.