Obama signs off on budget deal

By: Regina Wright ~Staff writer~ A two-year budget agreement was approved in a 266-167 vote by the House of Representatives on Oct. 28 and a 64-35 vote by the Senate on Oct. 30. The budget extends the nation’s debt ceiling until March 2017. The deal increases domestic spending on social services and defense programs for the next two years. Congress intends to pay for these measures by reforming aspects of entitlement spending and selling public airwaves and oil from public petroleum reserves. When revealed earlier last week, many rural lawmakers complained about cuts to the crop insurance program. House leaders … Continue reading Obama signs off on budget deal

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By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ President Obama delivers State of the Union address President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union speech before Congress on Jan. 20. The President’s speech touched on various domestic and international issues, such as cyber security, climate change, economic growth and the conflict with ISIS. Obama devoted much of his speech to economic issues and encouraged Congress to adopt policies that would ease financial struggles of the middle class. He also addressed recent international issues, such as the terrorism threat from extremists. Pope Francis announces visit to United States Pope Francis confirmed … Continue reading News in Brief