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Sen. Tina Smith is Optimistic About Recent Budget Deal

February 08, 2018 07:32 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- As a government shutdown looms, Senator Tina Smith, D -Minn, said she's optimistic about the most recent budget deal.

The senator says she believes the can has been kicked down the road for too long.

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However, she says the new budget deal offers a much needed long-term solution.

The deal includes billions for opioid treatment, disaster relief and infrastructure and a boost to defense spending.

"For months now, we have been working to get our military the resources it needs to keep the peace. This budget agreement delivers on that commitment,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The deadline to keep the government open is midnight Thursday.

However, Smith says hopefully they will be voting on the deal before then. 


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