Charlie Dent

House approves two-year budget deal

House approves two-year budget deal

The House approved a two-year budget deal Wednesday as retiring House Speaker John A. Boehner sought to quell the bitter budget battles that defined his tenure and provide a smoother transition for his likely successor, Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

The $80-billion bipartisan accord between congressional leaders and President Obama reverses steep spending cuts to defense and domestic programs, and staves off hits to Medicare and Social Security disability benefits.

It also raises the federal government’s borrowing limit through March 2017, well after the presidential election.

The bill passed 266 to 167. Every Democrat voted for the deal, as did 79 Republicans. Most GOP...