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Safe From Shutdown: Obama Signs Trillion Dollar Budget
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on January 18, 2014 @ 11:43PM
Created on January 18, 2014 @ 11:57AM

President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September.

He signed it Friday,  the day before federal funding was set to run out.

This compromise package passed both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly this week. It funds every agency of the federal government. It'll prevent us from having another government shutdown.

Here's a little more about the passage of this 1,582 page bill. It was engineered as a result of compromises between both parties with each gaining something in return for giving something up.

"They made hundreds of changes, cutting things, adding things. They made it a much more rational budget, a real budget," said Neil Berch, an Associate Professor of Political Science at WVU. 

When it comes to cuts, the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Department of Labor will see less funding. On the other hand, funding will increase for the Social Security Administration and Centers for Disease Control.

"Most of these cuts are relatively small. The increases are relatively small. It's just a shifting of priorities because things change over time. If this continued year after year, you might see some changes. In the short term, I don't think people will notice much," Berch said. 

People had mixed feelings about this. Some were optimistic, others not so much.

"I think there are some problems, but overall I think the government is trying to do the best for the American people. Eventually, it's going to get ironed out," said Yi Chen, a Harrison County resident

"It's good that the government hasn't shut down this time. I don't think I would believe any promise that it will never happen again," said Max Francis, another Harrison County resident. 

The new budget supposes freezes for many top government salaries, including that of the vice president. With this maneuvering, the Pentagon will be able to avoid a roughly $20 billion cut.

The bill brings good news for disabled veterans. They'll be saved from pension cuts.


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