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In budget news…

For the first time in five years, the House and Senate agreed to a joint budget resolution.

As previously reported, both chambers found common ground with the Senate’s budget plan, which cuts spending by $5.3 trillion and sets the stage for yet another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

On May 5, the Senate gave final approval to the deal (S. Con. Res. 11) with a 51-to-46 vote, mostly along party lines—with the exception of two presidential contenders voting no: Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Now that the measure has been passed by the Senate, it will simply serve as a blueprint for House and Senate Committees working on individual appropriations measures.

President Obama is unlikely to sign this resolution, just as Congress is unlikely to take up the president’s budget proposals.

Read more here about what the House and Senate agreed to here and what it means for letter carriers.

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