(CNN) - The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts. The measure, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
The vote was 318-109.
Amazing. See how easy that was. So why couldn't they do that before Jan. 1? Oh, yeah. Doing it now leaves all of the sequestered cuts to discretionary spending in place.
This may be the right step for the GOP.
The Republican Party needs more than an overhaul; it needs to a complete reformation as it has become a party. It claims to be the party of "Christian" and "family" values but acts in a manner inconsistent with Christianity or family values as it seeks to dismantle the programs that protect those with the least to benefit those with the most.
Until they get real with policies that benefit the middle class, the GOP will lose. As long as their base is mostly social conservatives, they will lose. As long as their base is mostly from the entitlement taking south, they will lose. Until they quit trying to use the government to legislate their view of morality, they will lose.
What does this mean as far as cuts go? Furloughs?
Who were the 109 that voted against the bill? I'm shocked! Congress actually did their job. I guess the charm offensive was effective.
Both parties created this huge debt, but Obama has done nothing to stimulate our economy his entire presidency, and has only added more to the deficit. The republicans are holding themselves accountable, and are trying to do the responsible thing for the citizens of the country – keep the government running, while working toward a more fiscally conservative alternative. The democrats refuse to be accountable for anything – and in fact – this president wants the American people to suffer – just to get his socialist way. He is a destructive force in the White House and in our country. And while we're at it – Pelosi and Reid should live by the laws they force on us. Like flying on commercial jets and standing in long TSA lines. And the Obama family needs to curtail their extravagant vacations, until the president presents a balanced budget – which is the law.
"has only added more to the deficit. "
The deficit has shrunk by over 33% since Obama took office. It was $1.4T in Bush's last budget and is approximately $900B this year. 2010 and 2011 were about the same at $1.2T and it's been going down ever since. The numbers don't lie.
And regarding Obamacare – all elected officials should be subject to the horror this will impose on our healthcare system. Their privileged benefits should switch to Obamacare mandates – starting from the top – down – including the Supreme Court Justices. All lawmakers should be living by the laws they make.
Both parties created this huge debt, but Obama has done nothing to stimulate our economy his entire presidency, and has only added more to the deficit. The republicans are holding themselves accountable, and are trying to do the responsible thing for the citizens of the country
That's the same old clattertrap that the American people have learned means absolutely nothing. Republicans have yet to realize that most Americans hear the phrase "lower taxes and grow the economy", they understand it to mean what it actually is, "deficit spending."
Not as much has been done under Pres. Obama to stimulate the economy because Repubilcans have filibustered and blocked every piece of legislation that he has put forth, most especially the American Jobs Act, which was going ro rebuild and repair infrastructure.
You must not have been paying attention during Obama's first term, or your are fully brainwashed. Until people are accountable for their decisions – or held accountable, nothing will be solved. Republicans are on public display holding each other accountable for past and present decisions. You don't see the democrats doing that – it's a mob mentality – not productive, and actually destructive. Democrats have a real problem with accountability.
Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
"I guess the charm offensive was effective."
No, it was the ticked off voters offensive. Hopefully it will work even better 2014.