Obama approves $1.1 trillion spending budget

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(Web Source: ABC13)

Nancy Chen and Vibha Pandurangi

President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending measure on Tuesday that will fund government operations until next September. The previous funding measure expired at midnight on Dec. 11.

The Senate voted 56 to 40 to pass the bill on Dec. 13, and with President Obama’s signature, it will be put into action. For the next nine months, the bill will provide money for all government operations except for the Department of Homeland Security. A short term plan will fund the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 27.

Junior Angie Peng believes the government needs to find a viable solution to resolve the debt.

“The majority of the news I’ve been seeing is only coverage on the government passing spending bills and budgets to try to suppress the issue,” Peng said. “ Giving the government more money to spend isn’t going to fix the dilemma of being in debt.”

According to the New York Times, this legislation funds military campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other nations. It also trims the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.

Sophomore Chris Zhu thinks American citizens should have a part in deciding the components of the spending bill.

“If more publicity was given to this bill before the vote, then the American people might have properly decided on the most effective solution instead of just throwing money,” Zhu said.

Previously, the Senate approved a stopgate bill on Dec.11 that would fund the government until Dec.17. This gave them time to adjust the spending measure before the old one ended, averting a government shutdown.