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Government Funding Package Will Strengthen Public Services

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As lawmakers in Washington left for the holiday break, Congress approved a spending package that will benefit working people and strengthen public services. President Donald Trump has signed it into law, averting a government shutdown.

“This deal includes the creation of student loan assistance for behavioral health workers, a raise for federal workers, relief for mineworkers’ pensions and an increase in education funding, especially for low-income students and students with disabilities,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders in a statement on Tuesday after the House approved the package. “It will also repeal the 40% tax on high-cost worker and retiree benefits so Americans will be better able to maintain and increase their health care benefits.”

More specifically, the approved funding means:

The legislative victory, which will fund the government through Sept. 30, was a bipartisan accomplishment on the heels of the impeachment vote.