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Overwhelming Victory for Ryan-Murray Budget Deal in the House: 332-94

On the Republican side, 170 voted for the package while only 62 opposed.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:43 pm
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WASHINGTON – The House passed – with little fervor – a two-year budget measure on Thursday that eases the impact of across-the-board cuts known as sequestration and all but scraps the possibility of another federal governmental shutdown in the near future.

The bipartisan measure, hammered out in a House-Senate conference committee, was adopted 332-94. It drew few protests during the debate but also attracted only muted enthusiasm. Many of the speakers opened their remarks by admitting the package doesn’t meet the nation’s needs and while acknowledging the final product is not the sort of spending plan they would have proposed.

But they also noted that the budget agreement, hammered out over the space of almost two months, is better than no budget deal at all. And, should the Senate follow suit and pass the bill as expected, it means the government will remain open beyond Jan. 15, the day a stopgap spending measure currently in place is due to expire.

“In a divided government, the American people expect members of both parties to come together to find common ground,” said House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, of Virginia. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a step forward to bridge the difference here in Washington.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, the Democratic whip, offered a lukewarm endorsement, calling the agreement “better than the alternative.” But he asserted that Congress missed “a huge opportunity to do what the American people expect us to do and that is to put this country on a fiscally sustainable basis.”

Despite the large margin of victory, the budget agreement rose amid a high degree of dissonance. Conservative organizations like Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks expressed strong opposition because the compromise includes a slight increase in federal spending over what was provided under sequestration. Democrats at one point threatened to withhold support because the bill failed to address an extension of federal unemployment benefits during difficult economic times.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, finally got on board and urged members of her caucus to offer their support despite the shortcomings. But conservative groups remained feisty to the end.

“The math is not that complicated — they are spending another $63 billion that we don’t have,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks. “The American people deserve to have a voice in this process, especially since we are going to be the ones to foot the bill.”

But many lawmakers who frequently vote the conservative line embraced the compromise this go-round. On the Republican side, 170 voted for the package while only 62 opposed. (See how your member of Congress voted here).

“I’ve always said we should replace the across-the-board and indiscriminate sequester with targeted, thoughtful spending cuts,” said Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who generally sides with the Tea Party. “Because it achieves deficit reduction, reforms auto-pilot spending programs, and doesn’t rely on tax increases, this Bipartisan Budget Act meets that criteria. This deal leaves much left to be accomplished, but it’s a good first step.”

“These are all modest reforms, yet they are reforms that will pass a Democrat Senate and get signed into law by the president,” said Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). “We continue to reduce the deficit without raising income taxes.”

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It will always be "worse" if a Dem is elected, pretty much anywhere.

They are Pure evil, with an unapologetic, full-on Comme/statist/civil disarmament agenda.

Repubicans by themselves are mere Whores, seeking only to feed at the troughwith no regard for the Republic at large one way or another, so long as their bellies are kept full...

The Problem is, Republicans will always "go along" with our enslavement because the sheer force of the Democrat/Media/P.C. Empire requires them to do so if they want to stay safely ensconsed in a Washington Lifestyle....which of course they will do at all cost.

Alone In Power but with no with no Functioning Moral Compass (as opposed to a Democrats fully functioning ANTI-moral compass?) Republicans would be lost and ineffective at reversing any of the horrors that we have been saddled with....

Spending will NOT decline, it will grow, though only at a slower rate than a Democrat controlled system.

The Real Problem is, the Democrats have long ago penetrated all the "non-elected" institutions.... the offices, agencies, schools, media...this is their "Shadow Government", their Nuke Proof Bomb Shelter, their Command Centers that will survive any Direct Hit on any Legeslature, anywhere, even on ALL of them at once...

Republicans have no such network to fall back upon if they loose an election, and even if they HAVE a majority of Political Offices around the country, they will be undermined and sabotaged at every turn by the Democrat Shadow Government, staffed by its Hard-Core True Believers, protected by the Palace Guards in The Media.

The Rot of the Republic is to the Core...no layer of Republican Paint is going to change that fact.

Its not a matter of "will they", the problem is, even if they WANTED to, its a mechanical, chemical, engineering and mathematical impossibility for them to achieve anything positive for US...

But for themselves?
Thats why they go INTO politics in the first place.
1 year ago
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the fact the republican leadership fails to make the case for free-market capitalism, limited government, individual responsibility, etc. whenever there is a camera in front of their snouts proves to me they have no stomach for the fight.

many millions of americans are totally clueless about the merits of our constitutional republic and the feckless republicans either have no clue or are active progressives posing as patriots whose hands are tied because they only have 1/2of1/3of.......

nevermind the democrats may be exposing their timeless achilles heel of overreach sitting back and not even presenting the alternative case which would move us away from the economic black hole pulling us closer and closer towards the singularity is a recipe for disaster

and whomever thinks the democrats are "trapped and pinned" down by this "brilliant and strategic move" hasnt been paying attention for the last several years. the democratic leadership runs circles around the republicans.
remember, boehners first fray into the fight in 2010? (after those knuckledragging tea party types paved the way for historic republican gains?) he went in with a measly goal of cutting maybe $30 billion (instead of asking for trillions) and eneded up with what? $20 million in future cuts? sound familiar?

and nevermind the fact republicans had 100%of100% of the government during W.'s term and where did that get us?

i'm sorry- fool us once shame on the repubs, fool us consistently over the last hundred years then...

in order to get " a balanced budget, small government, low taxes, less regulation, tax reform, education reform, etc." the case needs to be made on a hourly/daily basis by those who supposedly represent us- the only person out of hundreds who has done this recently is ted cruz during his recent filibuster over the incoming disaster of obamacare--

the republican leaders are cowards and it is our civic duty as freedom lovers to point out why we feel betrayed and make the case for primary challenges to the frenchies, i mean, republicans
1 year ago
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All eyes should be focused on 2014 and beyond. Unless we get control of enough of the government to govern and make our policy choices stick, it's all a waste of effort and stalemate is the best we can hope for.

I think this advances that objective because it removes a threat that the Democrats would be only too happy to hold over the Republicans, the threat to force another government shutdown, and it allows the political news to focus on the unfolding disaster of Obamacare. Nothing, repeat nothing, should be allowed to distract the public's attention from that for the next eleven months and beyond.
1 year ago
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First, it doesn't decrease the debt, it increases it now, the cuts will never materialize, as they always never do with deals like this. Second, it may not raise income taxes, but does raise taxes and will affect the airlines that have to deal with them.
1 year ago
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Let me ask a simple question. If every Republican were to lose next year in the Congressional elections, does anyone really believe all that much would be different? The way the GOP is constructed now, even if they were to have a 2/3 majority in both houses, does anyone believe they would know how to use it? And if they did know how, would they have the same nerve as Democrats to use it?
1 year ago
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Unapologetically it would be much worse. It wasn't that long ago that the Dems did have control of everything. The Republicans only got a slight majority in the House and therefore we only achieved slight change for the better, but change none the less.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
It will always be "worse" if a Dem is elected, pretty much anywhere.

They are Pure evil, with an unapologetic, full-on Comme/statist/civil disarmament agenda.

Repubicans by themselves are mere Whores, seeking only to feed at the troughwith no regard for the Republic at large one way or another, so long as their bellies are kept full...

The Problem is, Republicans will always "go along" with our enslavement because the sheer force of the Democrat/Media/P.C. Empire requires them to do so if they want to stay safely ensconsed in a Washington Lifestyle....which of course they will do at all cost.

Alone In Power but with no with no Functioning Moral Compass (as opposed to a Democrats fully functioning ANTI-moral compass?) Republicans would be lost and ineffective at reversing any of the horrors that we have been saddled with....

Spending will NOT decline, it will grow, though only at a slower rate than a Democrat controlled system.

The Real Problem is, the Democrats have long ago penetrated all the "non-elected" institutions.... the offices, agencies, schools, media...this is their "Shadow Government", their Nuke Proof Bomb Shelter, their Command Centers that will survive any Direct Hit on any Legeslature, anywhere, even on ALL of them at once...

Republicans have no such network to fall back upon if they loose an election, and even if they HAVE a majority of Political Offices around the country, they will be undermined and sabotaged at every turn by the Democrat Shadow Government, staffed by its Hard-Core True Believers, protected by the Palace Guards in The Media.

The Rot of the Republic is to the Core...no layer of Republican Paint is going to change that fact.

Its not a matter of "will they", the problem is, even if they WANTED to, its a mechanical, chemical, engineering and mathematical impossibility for them to achieve anything positive for US...

But for themselves?
Thats why they go INTO politics in the first place.
1 year ago
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Yet another nail in the coffin of the republican party & our nation...
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I challenge the Republicans to never say again that they are for "smaller" government, because clearly they are not. The Democrats ALWAYS get more spending, bigger government and more debt - They got the mine and the Republicans got the shaft - no make that the taxpayers and their children. Don't the Republicans have any morals at all? At least the Democrats will be truthful about what their objectives are. Even if they are insane. The Republicans, on the other hand, lie to their constituents to stay in power and in some ways that is far more despicable than the Liberals.

They are afraid of being "blamed" for a shutdown, yet don't care that they are destroying the economy in the mean time...... Simply brilliant.
1 year ago
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Yeah, the "moderates"....

They go trawling for Johns, and wonder why the H*nd-Job compromise they offer eventually loses out to the DNC’s Bl*w-job, every single time…

You STILL get labeled a Wh*re, and you never even get PAID…

And this is the “best strategy” for the long term?

Hello?
1 year ago
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Well, we are all Democrats now.
1 year ago
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I suppose this spirit means no real changes to Obamacare either. This is bad news.
1 year ago
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Has Sen Reid said anything on this bill yet. He could now demand the extension of unemployment benefits be added or the full removal of sequester and cause another shutdown threat. The Republicans would object and because of the fear of being blamed for any shutdown, would then add whatever Reid (Obama) wants. I doubt that this is over yet.
1 year ago
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Reid has the upper hand...

Republicans are always going to be portrayed as cheap and evil, no matter WHAT, no matter HOW much they gave away to the Left...

Reid can and probably WILL hold this up an "Intollerable Racist Tea Party Gutting of the Social Safety Net" and cause a shut down (a GOOD thing BTW) which will by State Media, naturally be blamed on the Republicans.

Bonehead and The Stupid party STILL think they can play nice with a criminal gang of Communists...

And the get rolled EVERY SINGLE TIME
1 year ago
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The Republican House has already passed the budget deal by a huge majority. For Reid to hold it up in the Senate, leaves the Democrats holding the bag, if a shutdown occurs. That might have the advantage of holding up Obamacare, but many Republicans wouldn't care and that would push that ongoing disaster further into the election season.
1 year ago
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Yes, Boehner attacking voters who don't want to increase spending and saying he doesn't care what they think is about the most self indulgent thing I have seen from a member of the Appropriator Party. I assume he also doesn't care who wins in November 2014 as long as he is at the trough.
1 year ago
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Theirs only ONE election that over-tanned cry-baby cares about
Care to guess which one THAT is?

So bend over folks, here comes more Pork to grease those skids
1 year ago
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All eyes should be focused on 2014 and beyond. Unless we get control of enough of the government to govern and make our policy choices stick, it's all a waste of effort and stalemate is the best we can hope for.

I think this advances that objective because it removes a threat that the Democrats would be only too happy to hold over the Republicans, the threat to force another government shutdown, and it allows the political news to focus on the unfolding disaster of Obamacare. Nothing, repeat nothing, should be allowed to distract the public's attention from that for the next eleven months and beyond.
1 year ago
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You're counting on the MSM to carry the story for the next 11 months and put all the pertinent info before the public. Doubt very much that will happen. Plenty of time for the Left to build any number of "Wag the Dog" crises and/or "War on Women, Racist, Homophobic etc. etc. etc " stories.
1 year ago
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It is very likely that the Media is pushing all the negative Obamacare/PPACA stories now so that in a few months they can discount any negative Obamacare stories as old news and bitterness. Then they'll run some cheery piece about Obama and puppies or something. They probably already have their graphics ready.
1 year ago
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" ..... and it allows the political news to focus on the unfolding disaster of Obamacare. Nothing, repeat nothing, should be allowed to distract the public's attention from that for the next eleven months and beyond."

Well stated, SongDog. It's rotten governance but it the best we have at the moment. And we got a bonus. John Boehner revealed himself as an impediment to ever gaining sound governance and as a real jerk. Maybe we'll get rid of him eventually as a result and still retain the issue of ObamaCare that will cause the dogs to be turned loose on the Democrats, and possibly even the legacy media, in 2014 and beyond. One can reasonably hope.
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