The House approved Thursday an $859 billion budget for 1984 that would lower the federal deficit through higher taxes and less defense spending. The budget compromise would raise $12 billion in taxes next year, halve Mr. Reagan's proposed 10 percent increase in defense spending, and spend $22 billion more than the President wants for nondefense domestic programs. The spending plan projects a deficit of $179 billion.
The vote was 239 to 186. The plan now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertaon future. It is opposed by President Reagan.