Congress' New Budget Deal: What It Does and Doesn't Do

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On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on the budget deal that Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled Tuesday. While it’s a pretty small deal, and has a long way to go before it becomes law, the mere fact that Democratic and Republican negotiators were able to come to an agreement on spending is something of a small miracle. The details are thorny and numerous, but here’s what you need to know about the general shape of the deal. In a sense, it’s much more notable for what it doesn’t do than what it does.

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