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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 05:59 PM

Senate Passes Budget Bill (updated)

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Senate Passes Budget Bill

The Senate on Wednesday passed the bipartisan budget bill in a 64-36 vote, sending the legislation to the President's desk.

The bill, authored by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan, passed in the House last week 332 to 94.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-passes-budget-bill


Updated to add roll call: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00281

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ProSense Dec 2013 OP
kentuck Dec 2013 #1
ProSense Dec 2013 #2
rhett o rick Dec 2013 #3
politichew Dec 2013 #4
ProSense Dec 2013 #5
Major Hogwash Dec 2013 #6
ProSense Dec 2013 #7
Major Hogwash Dec 2013 #8

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:03 PM

1. Is that good or bad??

Who benefits?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:28 PM

2. Here is Senator Sanders' statement:

Senate Sends Budget Bill to the White House

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 – The Senate tonight passed and sent to President Barack Obama a budget that averts another government shutdown, eases sharp spending cuts known as sequestration and spares Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from proposed cuts in benefits.

In what he called a difficult decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted with the 64 - 36 majority to pass the budget package but voiced disappointment that it does nothing to create jobs and continues tax breaks for profitable corporations.

The budget keeps the government running and avoids cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The threatened cuts in the retirement and health care programs were staved off thanks in part to a petition drive Sanders organized. As founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, Sanders worked with seniors’ organizations and others to gather more than 700,000 signatures from opponents of the cuts.

The budget also restores some of the across-the-board spending cuts. “It will allow modest increases in funding for programs that are important to many Vermonters like Head Start, Meals on Wheels, low-income heating assistance and education,” Sanders said.

A member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders faulted the bill for doing nothing to create jobs. “At a time when Americans are clear about the need to create millions of new jobs, this bill does nothing about high unemployment. In fact, it doesn’t even help the 1.3 million Americans who are about to lose their unemployment benefits,” Sanders said.

He also had hoped the agreement would do more to lower deficits by closing tax loopholes that benefit profitable corporations and wealthy individuals. “I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues continue to protect corporate loopholes which are costing us about $100 billion every single year,” Sanders said. “At a time of growing income and wealth inequality, this budget doesn’t ask the wealthy and profitable corporations to pay a nickel more in taxes,” he added.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senate-sends-budget-bill-to-the-white-house



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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:30 PM

3. Doesnt this budget cut billions from food stamps? nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:31 PM

4. No. That's in the Farm Bill, which hasn't even left the House. nt

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:58 PM

5. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 07:26 PM

6. McConnell voted against it!!!! What does this mean for Representative Ryan's future in the GOP?

Both of my Senators voted against it, too!!!

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 08:39 PM

7. You have two Republican Senators?

So sorry.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 09:41 PM

8. Not for long.

One's headed for the dust bin of history next year.
And the other one is a drunk Mormon who will be thrown out of office in another 2 years.

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