U.S. Government Shutdown Averted – Stopgap Bill Cuts Budget $6 Billion: CNN Video

The U.S. has averted yet another government shutdown as Congressional leaders agreed Friday to a three-week budget extension that will cut an additional US$6 billion:

The bill was introduced by House Republicans, and it eliminates or reduces money for 25 different government programs, selected from a list that President Barack Obama wants to cut to save $3.6 billion.

Further, the bill eliminates $2.6 billion in earmarks, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has confirmed that he supports the extension, but he warned that House Republicans need to work seriously on a compromise.

Meanwhile, Obama warned against anyone endeavoring to “sneak political agendas into a budget debate,” while Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan affirmed that he was “troubled” by the lack of “pro-life, pro-family” provisions in the three-week extension.


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