House Committee Approves $1.1 Trillion Federal Budget
The spending plan would leave a deficit of $134.1 billion, according to the budget panel, enough to avoid automatic spending cuts under the Gramm-Rudman budget-balancing law.
The budget resolution, expected to be sent to the full House next week, was pieced together over the last several days during closed-door meetings among committee Republicans and Democrats. The panel approved the document, on a voice vote with no objections, during a five-minute public session.
``We've had a bipartisan process, with full participation by Republican members,'' said committee Chairman William H. Gray III.
The bipartisan camaraderie was in stark contrast to last year, when Republicans walked away from the budget resolution process and bickering lasted for months. …