After a U.S. Senate vote earlier this week received sufficient votes to prevent a possible filibuster by Republican opponents, the chamber voted 64-36 Wednesday to pass a bipartisan budget deal.
Representatives in the Republican-controlled House passed the same bill last week by a 332-94 margin. Nine Republican senators joined the Democrat majority in Wednesday’s vote.
The compromise, reached by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray, was criticized by many conservatives for its repeal of sequester cuts in exchange for future budget trimming. Additionally, military pensions – even for current veterans – are being slashed in the deal. This move stands in contrast with Barack Obama’s promise that active-duty and retired military personnel would be grandfathered into their current plans.
Obama is expected to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.