WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate gave final approval to a bipartisan budget bill on Wednesday, sending it to President Obama ahead of a winter recess.
The task now falls to House and Senate appropriators to fill in the details — the budget deal sets general spending guidelines but lawmakers have to write specific provisions later. That work needs to be done by mid-January.
Lawmakers are already looking to fix some of what they consider problems in the deal. Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, signed on to a bill last night to replace cuts to veterans’ pensions built into the budget plan. The bill would close corporate tax loopholes to restore the cuts, which makes it unlikely win GOP support, but it’s symptomatic of lawmakers’ general reluctance surrounding the budget deal.