SENATE PASSES BUDGET PROPOSAL WITHOUT CUTS TO FEDERAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION, SETTING UP SHOWDOWN IN CONFERENCE - October 20, 2017
Senate Approves Budget Plan, Setting Up Fight Over Fed Benefit Cuts
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The Senate voted 51-49 Thursday night to approve its fiscal 2018 budget resolution, following a lengthy session of debate on proposed amendments.
The legislation (H. Con. Res. 71) as approved by the Senate Budget Committee, sets the stage for Republican efforts to reform the federal tax code, and it orders the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to slash $1 billion in spending over the next decade. But it does not recommend any cuts to federal employee benefits as part of those savings.