Deficit score less than the $23B touted by House & Senate Agriculture Committee leaders.
Republican leaders have yet to figure out what they want to get out of the debt limit fight.
The president's budget, due on the first Monday in February, will be unveiled March 4.
To be sure, Puerto Rico faces a number of hurdles on its road to statehood.
IRS, ObamaCare and military pensions are among the policy losers in huge bill.
"This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read," Rep. James McGovern said.
The trillion-dollar spending legislation is set to pass the House on Wednesday.
The higher-than-expected surplus is not expected to affect the need to raise the debt limit.
The measure is necessary because lawmakers have yet to agree to a $1 trillion omnibus.
Lobbyists are working to make their mark on an upcoming $1 trillion spending bill.
Appropriators are running out of time to reach a deal by Jan. 15.
The Democratic leader said he would bet that the cuts are addressed in the final agreement.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will take the first step toward a new career as an international diplomat...
Murray said Democrats won't negotiate on raising the debt ceiling.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday that it will release its annual...
"Goodness gracious, that is a big piece of business; that is a big bill,” Obama joked.
Senate vote sends to the bill to White House for Obama's signature.
Both parties scored policy wins in the bill.
The $1.012 trillion bill covers the entire discretionary budget and takes up 1,582 pages.
Ex-Defense chief says Afghanistan differences weren't just "Team of Rivals" manifestation.
Hopes for a breakthrough were dashed Thursday as the Senate left town without a deal.
The senators said they have a "common-sense proposal" that could cover the cost of both.
If the measure is to pass its next procedural vote, the benefits may have to be offset.
GOP strategists are urging restraint in the upcoming debt-ceiling fight.