The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved legislation that moved forward in a rush and would cut nearly 40,000 million dollars to the government budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. The vote sent the proposal to the Senate, ahead of a looming fight is even more intense on future cuts billions of dollars, that would be required to mitigate the growing federal debt.
The measure also is likely to be approved in the Senate, where Democrats maintain a majority of seats.
The plan reduces spending by 30 September, an agreement covering trade-offs and was reached at the last moment before the expiry of a deadline for the first minute of Saturday. Has not been reached that agreement, the government would have had to close several operations due to lack of budgetary allocations.
Regardless of the passage of the bill, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are locked in an ideological confrontation with Republicans, particularly with a group of 90 new legislators in the House, who are allied with the conservative group known as "tea party ".
The victory in November for those lawmakers gave the Republicans control the House of Representatives and established a divided government. This situation forced Obama to make concessions on spending and taxes, which angered the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
The House of Representatives approved it by 260-167. Dozens of Democrats offset the position of the Republicans supported by the "tea party", who voted against considering the cuts were very small.