Congress moved on several fronts Thursday advancing budget and spending measures for this year and beyond.
CATCHALL SPENDING BILL
Funds the day-to-day operating budget of Cabinet agencies through Sept. 30 but leaves in place across-the-board spending cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 8 percent to the military. Eases a "readiness" crunch at the Pentagon, among myriad budget changes. Cleared the House for President Barack Obama's signature.
HOUSE BUDGET PLAN
Updated GOP budget for 2014 and beyond from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Nonbinding but sets out Republican vision for balancing the budget in 10 years, through $4.6 trillion in sharp cuts to safety-net programs like Medicaid and food stamps and domestic programs like education, agriculture and law enforcement. Proposes eliminating "Obamacare" health subsidies and leaves $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts in place. Passed House on 221-207 vote.
SENATE BUDGET PLAN
First Senate Democratic budget in four years. Nonbinding but proposes to increase taxes by $975 billion over 10 years and cut spending by $875 billion over the same period — yet uses $1.2 trillion of those anti-deficit steps to repeal automatic spending cuts required by Washington's failure to follow up 2011 budget and debt pact. Cuts deficit to below 3 percent of gross domestic product, producing annual deficits in the $400 billion-$500 billion range. Vote expected late Friday or early Saturday.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
A Lago Vista couple faces child endangerment charges after authorities found their home covered in feces and garbage.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
The man who fell into a flood control channel and drowned last month was identified Friday as 57-year-old Ronald M. Allen.