House passes budget and tax bills

Tom Hinde

Congressional leaders and the White House announced agreement on a year-end tax and spending package. Both packages would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and defense spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them according to the Associated Press.

A press release from Congressman Mac Thornberry's (R-Clarendon) office confirmed he voted for passage of both bills. "There are a number of good and important provisions for the country and for our area in these bills," said Thornberry. "While there are also a number of provisions that I support - and have voted for - that did not survive negotiations, many did."