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12 Senate GOPs Help Ryan-Murray Budget Head Toward Passage

Hatch says “sometimes the answer has to be yes," while Graham vows that anyone who backs cutting military pensions "is gonna get the hell kicked out of him.”

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Bill Straub

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December 17, 2013 - 1:15 pm
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WASHINGTON – The two-year federal budget agreement passed a major Senate test on Tuesday and now appears headed for easy passage despite stern objections by conservatives and opposition from a majority of upper chamber Republicans.

In a 67-33 vote, the upper chamber authorized a final vote on the measure, the product of a House-Senate conference committee. The House passed the package in overwhelming fashion last week. In this instance, all 53 Democrats and two independents who generally side with the party voted in support of the bill along with 12 Republicans.

The vote was on cloture – whether or not to proceed to a final vote. A few of the 12 Republicans who opted to proceed are expected to oppose the bill itself.

One of those, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), said, “Although I can’t support it, I appreciate the efforts of Rep. Ryan and Sen. Murray to bring certainty to the budget process, which is why I voted earlier today to allow a Senate vote on their agreement, which had passed the House with two-to-one Republican support.”

The other GOP votes to move the bill forward came from Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee who formulated the agreement with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, acknowledged that the compromise “isn’t exactly what I would have written on my own” and that “neither side got everything they wanted, and both sides had to give a bit.”

“This bipartisan bill takes the first steps toward rebuilding our broken budget process and, hopefully, toward rebuilding our broken Congress,” Murray said. “We’ve spent far too long here scrambling to fix artificial crises instead of working together to solve the big problems we all know we need to address.”

Some foes, like Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, criticized the plan because it provided an increase in federal spending for the current 2014 fiscal year, thus busting an agreement reached as a result of the earlier Budget Control Act that imposed across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.

“The Budget Control Act was designed to cut spending in the short and long term and I remain convinced that Congress should continue to adhere to the fiscal restraints it set,” McConnell said. “For the first time since the Korean War, government spending has declined for two years in a row as a result of the BCA. This was hard-won progress on the road to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order. We should not go back on that commitment.”

But most of the opposition appeared to center on a provision that slices the cost-of-living adjustments in benefits for working-age military retirees – including disabled former military personnel — by one percent beginning in December 2015. The proposal was included as a way to offset spending increases.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, said he was “deeply troubled” by the cuts, totaling $6.3 billion.

“It is unthinkable that this provision would be included in a deal that spares current civilian workers from the same treatment,” Sessions said. “An equivalent amount of savings and more can be easily found.”

Three lawmakers, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), issued a statement maintaining it is “wrong to try to achieve these goals on the backs of our military retirees-who have risked their lives to defend our country and who have already sacrificed so much.”

“We were also appalled to learn that this legislation would even reduce the retirements of those who have been injured in the line of duty and have been medically retired as a result,” they said. “That is unconscionable.”

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I don't want to hear anymore that all we need to do is take back the Senate. Why, when about a forth of the Republican Senators are perfectly happy to vote as Democrats.
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Short form, they are not an opposition; and their loyalty is to the State and not the people or Constitution.

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Apparently we military retirees are not entitled to be treated with honor and respect for the years of sacrifices we made. Thanks Mr. Ryan, for looking out for us.
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I bet the Utah voters are kicking themselves now, for believing Orin Hatch's election year lies that he had seen the TEA Party light! Now they are stuck with him for 5 more years, at least they have Mike Lee.
43 weeks ago
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Most on the list do not surprise. But, now we know that we can cross Ron Johnson off the list.
43 weeks ago
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I mean cross Johnson off the list of conservatives in the Senate.
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Meanwhile, there are dozens of other reasons to kick the hell out of Graham. Or better yet, kick Graham out.
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It is unconscionable to reduce military benefits while increasing spending ANYWHERE else. Any so-called "representative" who votes in favor of this should be sent into "retirement" - vote the bastards OUT.
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Oy vey.

There is NO "cut" to military pensions, none. The change is to the COLA, which we've known overstates actual inflation horribly for some 30 years, the rate of cost of living increases (NOT an "adjustment" because they can't ever go down, even with deflation).

The precedent is important because we will need to do this to ALL federal pensions soon, and it is far better to do it after Democrats insisted on the change for the military. Now we can sell the change as "if it is good enough to do to military pensions, civilians should share the pain too."

With all due respect, there are some on our side who can't see or think any farther ahead than their knee can jerk.
44 weeks ago
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If you bring a financial effect on military veterans pensions, no matter what it is, and it isn't done to every other government employee entitlement then it is wrong! period. Veterans should be in the back of that line, not the front!
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i've pretty much decided that in the next election i will walk in, hold my nose and vote a straight republican ticket no matter how much it revolts me. i will, however, support the opposition in the primaries against any SOB who votes to cut military pensions for anyone who has seen combat .
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I don't want to hear anymore that all we need to do is take back the Senate. Why, when about a forth of the Republican Senators are perfectly happy to vote as Democrats.
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