Senate approves spending measure, sends to House
March 20th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate approves spending measure, sends to House

Washington (CNN) – The Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would fund the government through the end of September and avoid a partial federal shutdown as well as soften the blow of sweeping spending cuts.

The measure, which passed the chamber in a 73-26 vote, now advances to the House of Representatives.

Leaders of the Senate, run by Democrats, and the Republican-controlled House hope to avoid another saga like the fiscal showdowns that have come to define dysfunction in Congress.

Lawmakers want to get the bill, known as a continuing resolution, to President Barack Obama's desk before leaving Washington for a two-week holiday break starting on Friday.

Failure to enact the measure before March 27 would result in a partial shutdown of federal agencies and other programs.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want to be optimistic, but I can't. Anything that has to go the House for approval is pretty much dead on arrival. Tighten your seat belts everyone.

    March 20, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    We all know, that the Senate version is NOT going to be acceptable to the House. It will be chock full of wasteful spending.

    March 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Well, that's nice. Of course, it took three (3) days of GOP/Teatroll filibustering and dilatory tactics to even get them to allow it to be voted on, but of course CNN doesn't want you to know about that part. IOKIYAR

    March 20, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Can Speaker Boehner can get Tea Partiers and fiscal conservatives in his caucus to vote for the bill or will he have to depend on Minority Leader Pelosi and the Democrats to bail him out again? His leadership is an embarassing failure.

    March 20, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. rommeytx

    We are waiting for the House to pull another GOP/teatroll shenanigan and change the whole bill to send it back to the Senate, where they will play another act of the same old farce.

    March 20, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Waste spending like Iraq war, Afganistan war? Or while Bin Laden in Pakistan, Aide of 20 billion dollars a yearly TP Pakistan? Which?

    March 20, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. REGinAZ

    The back and forth unending bantering with both sides spinning their “facts” to favor their positions, neither yielding nor ever recognizing the other’s points, is obviously a total waste of time that satisfies only those who need to argue. Could there be a rational evaluation that defies argument, an unbiased objective reasoning that concludes one way or the other? Maybe when putting all of the deceptive propaganda aside one can be seen.

    Consider:
    In reality our problems were not caused by government spending or the deficit and that concentrating only there and seeking to return to “more of the same”, that being permissive policies which allow exploitation by the few that did cause our problems, can only result in “more of the same”.
    While both parties have their faults and inadequacies the general rule is that the Republicans concentrate on benefitting the few, paid for with constraints on the majority, and the Democrats strive to benefit the majority while checking the gains of the few – leaving the question: should government represent the few or the majority?
    Both parties put a whole lot of effort into achieving their self-serving political ambitions, even shorting their responsibilities, with the Republicans being more organized and literally more dominate over their own, as seen with Norquist, Cheney, Rove, the Koch brothers and others who intimidate and coerce to squelch individual consciences and to encourage stubborn and arrogant “puppet” performances, like seen from Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, McConnell, Bachmann, the Tea Party candidates and others.
    All politicians “puff their wares”, exaggerate, embellish and depend on their ability to reach the voters with their biased propaganda, which costs very substantially – the Republicans have not only had the advantage with the mega-millions but also with the power and influence from “the money”, their strong supporters and masters, and have demonstrated their enhanced ability to con the people and manipulate public opinion, as seen with the manipulation of the conservative Christian, the Swift-boat propaganda, the Tea Party movement (initiated, funded and directed by the Koch brothers) and more, always moving voters in the same single direction.
    Truth seems to have become a neglected quality, especially with lesser issues consistently being pumped-up and used as hype to cover over reality, but one truth that is clear is that the Republicans, while concentrating on serving “the money”, have stubbornly blocked and arrogantly faulted all efforts, totally rejecting any bipartisanship and intentionally forcing gridlock, without conscience for the costs.
    Today money rules politics and as a result, with that trend dynamically growing and negatively impacting the system, our politicians are dependent on and then indebted to their sources for financial support (obviously with strings attached) – with both parties receiving some huge contributions but the Democrats being more dependent on the people and the Republicans by far receiving the bulk of their’s in mega-donations from “the money” – who then have come to own and control the Republican Party.

    All of that is enough for me to conclude that in self-defense I have to vote Democratic (Libertarian isn’t a real choice). The GOP hasn’t always been this way and if we could ever get money out of politics, we might see their loyalty change. However the only way we can now get the message to them is by totally rejecting their propaganda, refusing to be conned and manipulated, and to firmly reject their “puppet” politicians who serve only their own and “the money’s” interests. End of story for me.

    March 20, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "It will be chock full of wasteful spending."

    Right now it's chock full of votes from about half the Senate GOPers/Teatrolls, so any attempts by Boehner to rely on the Hastert Rule to refuse to put it in front of the House for an up or down vote is purely nonsense.

    March 20, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. ghostriter

    Sniffit, Rick is just trying to be innovative and comment before Rush posts the official conservative talking points after his pre-evening feeding and hosing down.

    March 20, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. freedom

    Defund the job-killing, business-strangling, healthcare-destructive monster that is Obamacare. Then, make Pelosi and Reid live by the laws they cram down our throats – fly commercial planes and wait in long lines with the TSA, and enter the new healthcare arena. Then, refuse to pay for anymore extravagant vacations for the Obama family until the president presents a balanced budget of our taxpayer funds – which is law. This is just for starters.

    March 20, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Dan

    This bill that has been passed is simply an amended version of the bill that the house already passed, its just going to get voted on again by the house since there were amendments. As long as the changes werent too drastic, I would think that it will pass.

    March 20, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. boungiorno

    round and round we go, where it will end up; nobody knows. WHY IS IT WHEN A QUESTION IS ASKED NOBODY KNOWS! GROW UP

    March 21, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    That vote number means at least 16 possibly 18 Republicans voted for it. Out of 41.
    Time for the House to pass it and then have a debate on the Presidents 2013/2014 budget with its new ideas on tax reform and entitlement or health care review ( not repeal) to find workable tax reforms and workable spending or whatever cuts/ savings needed for long term debt stability. Will the real GOP House members stand up and be counted please and prove that a minority of the House GOP ( teaparty) cannot stop everything IN the best interest of we the people
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 21, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Barbra K

    More BALONEY for the American people. House said the Senate should not be paid for not passing a budget. Well, they have passed one. Now, if they don't pass this budget sent by the Senate.......the House should not be paid.

    March 21, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  15. Dave

    Let's see how scared Boehner CONTINUES to be of the Tea Party crowd in DC.

    March 21, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |