CHICAGO (AP) -- Although Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says the details have not been revealed, he supports the agreement to cut federal spending that averted a government shutdown.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and the White House, announced Friday a deal that cuts $39 billion. Coupled with other actions earlier in the fiscal year, total spending is reduced by $78 billion.
Speaking from Washington, Kirk said the parties on Friday also agreed to a budget for the full fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. He said Friday's agreement does not delve heavily into social issues, but is focused on spending.
Calling the process "overly dramatic," Kirk said with the agreement, Congress will return to its normal rhythm, and will begin dealing with next year's budget.
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