Obama Signs Budget Deal Into Law

On Monday, President Obama signed the a two-year budget agreement and debt limit increase (HR 1314) into law, preventing any chance of a default on the government's debt and lessening the chances of a government shutdown later in the year.

The bipartisan budget deal would raise discretionary caps by $80 billion for defense and domestic spending in 2016 and 2017, splitting the amount evenly between the two categories. But Obama pointed out that appropriators still have much work to do prior to the December 11 end of the continuing resolution (PL 114-53) now funding fiscal 2016 government operations, The Hill reported. The president urged appropriators to avoid "getting sidetracked by a whole bunch of ideological issues that have nothing to do with our budget."

"They're going to have to come up with spending bills," he said. "And I'm confident that they can get it done on time."

The budget agreement signed into law this week also included a measure, backed by the Obama administration, that would allow debt collectors to auto-dial delinquent student loan and other debtors' cellphones. Sen. Ed Markey and other lawmakers plan to introduce legislation later this week that would roll back that provision, according to Politico Morning Education. Markey, who in 1991 successfully fought to get a law passed curbing unwanted telemarketing calls, said on the Senate floor last week that the robocall rider is "just plain wrong."


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