Senate supporters think they have votes for budget deal
December 16th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
4 months ago

Senate supporters think they have votes for budget deal

Washington (CNN) – It was smooth sailing in the House, but things are looking much tighter in the Senate for a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to avert another government shutdown and relax sweeping forced spending cuts.

Still, despite strong opposition to the compromise from Republicans, supporters are within striking distance of rounding up the votes they need to pass it in the Senate by the end of this week.

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  1. Sniffit

    ""We need to find a better way to save $6 billion than take it out of the hides of our retired veterans,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "A better way to save $6 billion is to take it out of the hides of our poor and minorities."

    December 16, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. wendel

    stick it to the tea party trolls

    December 16, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The only people in favor of this budget are mostly savvy Republicans and some naive Democrats. Yes, naive. Some Democrats seem to think that they will be able to get what they want from Republicans later. Some have even said before 2014.

    December 16, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    No one in government is fiscally responsible at this point in time. Absolutely no one.

    December 16, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    ""We need to find a better way to save $6 billion than take it out of the hides of our retired veterans,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "A better way to save $6 billion is to take it out of the hides of our poor and minorities."
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    Teatroll Dead Brain Scrolls say, "You can reduce fraud by cutting spending for the poor."

    December 16, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    I hope republicans begin to realize that unnecessary wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, bank bailouts, big oil subsidies, unfunded drug programs, and trickle down economics have created two thirds of our debt.

    December 16, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Sniffit

    And here's how it will work:

    The GOP/Teatrolls are now voting en masse to pass a budget that requires raising the debt ceiling in a couple months, but they are promising to refuse to raise the debt ceiling in a couple months (Ryan just spent all weekend promising exactly that...right after he helped make this deal that requires the debt ceiling to be raised).

    Simple. The MSM won't reduce it to the bare bones facts like that because it highlights just how dishonestly, hypocritically, irrationally and self-serving the GOP/Teatrolls continue to behave.

    December 16, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    No one in government is fiscally responsible at this point in time. Absolutely no one.
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    Define " fiscally responsible", then: what actions would suit your definition, other than secession?

    December 16, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    ""We need to find a better way to save $6 billion than take it out of the hides of our retired veterans,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "A better way to save $6 billion is to take it out of the hides of our poor and minorities."
    -------------------–
    Tea Party Dead Brain Scrolls say, "You can reduce fraud by cutting spending for the poor."

    December 16, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll "fiscal responsibility" plan:

    Vote en masse for a 2 year compromise budget deal that requires raising the debt ceiling.

    Threaten not to raise the debt ceiling, take it hostage and play brinksmanship games that hamper the economic recovery, damage the economy and might cause S&P, Moody's et al to once again downgrade the nation's credit rating.

    Get no ransom, just like the last 2 times, because Obama's said he won't negotiate over the debt ceiling.

    Profit(?).

    December 16, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    No one in government is fiscally responsible at this point in time. Absolutely no one.
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    Especially those who shut down the government (costing $24 billion), vote for economic disaster by voting for government default, or who won't pass a stimulus or jobs bill.

    December 16, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    I hope republicans begin to realize that unnecessary wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, bank bailouts, big oil subsidies, unfunded drug programs, and trickle down economics have created two thirds of our debt.
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    Don't hold your breathe on that hope. Too many on the right simply recite the songs that they've been taught to sing, without understanding or caring about what the meaning of they're saying might be. Half of our current debt can be directly attributed to the Reagan tax cuts, and the Bush-43 tax cuts. Almost all of our problems with entitlement spending can be traced to the Reagan administration's "starve the beast" policies to make the programs collapse under their own weight.

    December 16, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. cumulus

    Why make this move, to set up another shutdown, why can't people see the Republican party is taking a hard stance. This move will force another shutdown, crashing the economy is the most effecient way to hit middle class workers, crash their 401 k, the rich will profit, and inequality rises further yet.

    December 16, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Name carl

    Take it from the Tea party nuts. I will never vote for Republicans ever again.

    December 16, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. cumulus

    Only a fool could make excuses for the gop now, their goal is to crash the economy and the rich will profit from it again, our 401 k, just a cash cow to the gop puppet masters. If there is one thing the Koch brothers can count on its the gop willingness to trash the middle class for gain.

    December 16, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    "We need to find a better way to save $6 billion than take it out of the hides of our retired veterans," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, who said he would vote against the bill.

    Where was this concern when the House GOP's temper tantrum cost 4 times that much when they shut down the government?

    December 16, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    In the United States, "All men are created equal." does not mean "All men are treated fair."

    December 16, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. CryBabies

    @ cumulus..Crash the economy??? You dems and your ideology are doing the job to perfection. God forbid we jump in your way! Get at least 1/2 a clue.

    December 16, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    In the United States, "All men are created equal." does not mean "All men are treated fair."
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    Uh huh... well, it's the best the world has to offer. You're free to go find Xanadu if you want... and have a passport.

    December 16, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    ".Crash the economy??? You dems and your ideology are doing the job to perfection. God forbid we jump in your way! Get at least 1/2 a clue."

    Uh, seems someone has forgotten that it was the House GOP that cost the U.S. taxpayer and citizens 24 billion dollars trying to pass a bill to defund Obamacare(s) for the 43rd time! Stupidity-Doing the same thing 43 times and expecting a different outcome.

    Dems crashing the economy? I suggest you buy a vowel. Vanna awaits.

    December 16, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |