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Budget agreement adds money for defense, infrastructure

February 7, 2018

Key aspects of the proposed budget agreement that covers the current fiscal year and the next.

— Eliminates automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, for defense and non-defense programs, and provides for spending increases for priorities in both categories.

— Significantly increases spending for non-defense programs by $131 billion over the current and coming fiscal year.

— Significantly increases spending for defense programs by $165 billion over two years.

— Includes effort to come up with a legislative fix for millions of pensioners facing cuts to their benefits through no fault of their own.

— Extends the Children’s Health Insurance Plan for 10 years, up from six years under a previous agreement.

— Includes an additional $6 billion for fighting opioid addiction and boosting mental health services, $4 billion to improve health care for veterans, $20 billion for infrastructure improvements and $2 billion to support additional research at the National Institutes of Health.

— Provides additional funding for constituent services at the Social Security Administration and for the Internal Revenue Service, which is implementing the new tax-cut law.

— Suspends the government’s cap on borrowing, or debt limit, through March 2019, eliminating the looming threat of a market-rattling default on U.S. obligations.

— Provides almost $90 billion in disaster relief, mostly for hurricane-hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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