US Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Budget Plan

The US Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a 1.2 trillion dollar budget to keep the government operating through September.

The bill passed 79 to 18, with only Republicans opposing the measure.
It now goes to the president for his signature.
The next deadline to keep government operating is October 1st.

Alaska US Senator Lisa Murkowski said there were a number of items in the budget that will benefit Alaskans.

"Certainly on the defense side, what we were able to do in the interior particularly, the procurement of the F-35's, the long range discrimination radar up there at Clear, additional forts for missile defense, there in Greely, innovative readiness training. These are significant for us in the state when it comes to defense."