House budget bargain faces Senate filibuster; Republicans line up to oppose

Overcoming vocal opposition from both ends of the spectrum, the House of Representatives easily passed a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to prevent another government shutdown for the next two years, clearing the way for it to be approved by the Senate and quickly signed into law by President Obama.

The 332-94 vote capped a drama-filled few days on Capitol Hill, where House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, delivered rare public rebukes to his conservative critics and Democrats cast Republicans as Grinches for not extending expiring unemployment benefits before Christmas.

Despite opposition from conservative groups, 169 Republicans joined 163 Democrats to vote for the plan, which critics said did not address the biggest drivers of spending: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Sixty-two Republicans and 32 Democrats — including the minority party’s second-in-command, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland — voted against the package.

But in the Senate, Republicans queued up to oppose the pact. Senate Democrats need at last five Republicans to cross over for the budget bill to pass, but so far not one has publicly endorsed the plan. What’s more, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, said Senate Republicans plan to filibuster the bill.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • John Henry says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I still remember all of those GOP Senators and Congressmen who said, Obama Care would never be passed,and they would filibuster to prevent it.

    It’s kind of like how many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?

    Boehner has his own agenda, he will politic instead of representing his constituents. This is true of all of the entrenched old guard of the GOP. In 2014 we will more than likely see them cave on many issues just as they have on this budget deal. Paul Ryan had a negotiation with one woman from the pacific north west, and went down with a whimper didn’t he? And does he not say … it’s a start?

    Oh they say it was a victory and it was … for the democrats. But they think that we are either blind or do not care, or even worse they do not care what we think.

    I am sure some of them will be concerned come next November.

  • Guest says:

    Wow. You left me nothing to add. Git er done!!!!

  • Driver_S says:

    It’s past time for the conservative congressmen to stand up to the RINO Speaker in the House. All he does is bow down and cover up for Obama. I think they could be hitting the bath house together. Throw Boehner out on the curb with the rest of the trash. We need someone that will rebuke the tyranny of the usurper in the Oval Office. He needs to be vetted, investigated and prosecuted for all his crimes and treason he’s committed. He ignores our Constitution and pushes his socialist, Marxist, Muslim Brotherhood agendas down our throats, breaking the law at every turn.

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