WASHINGTON, D.C.(WNAX)- Before they left Washington for the holidays, Members of Congress approved a one point seven trillion dollar spending plan.
The National Defense Authorization Act, costing about eight hundred fifty billion dollars was also approved. South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says that has big benefits for the state.
At some point this year, Congress will have to vote on extending the debt ceiling, or credit limit of the government.
Johnson says that will be a critical debate.
Johnson says the federal deficit has exploded over the past few years.
Republicans take control of the House Tuesday.