Budget compromise clears Senate procedural hurdle
December 17th, 2013
10:44 AM ET
4 months ago

Budget compromise clears Senate procedural hurdle

Washington (CNN) - A federal budget compromise that already passed the U.S. House cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, increasing the likelihood it will win final congressional approval this week.

President Barack Obama has signaled his support for the plan worked out by the budget committee leaders in each chamber that would guide government spending into 2015 to defuse the chances of another shutdown such as the one that took place in October.

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  1. current state of the union

    Oh there will be another shutdown, as soon as they can find an excuse, will it be, the dems won't comprise? The conversation between Mitch and Rand said it all, they only care who takes blame for it, not the damage it does, they truly could not care less about the working class americans, pathetic!

    December 17, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We don't need any more republican imposed government shutdowns that costs us billions and threaten our national security. Just because they've come up with a budget compromise doesn't mean we'll forget about the "Government Shutdown of 2013."

    VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT!!!

    December 17, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Enjoy your Teatroll primary challenges, GOPers. What a lovely day for backlash reactionary in-fighting....

    December 17, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Its about time. Liberals have to learn that they can't always have it their way.

    December 17, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. sonny chapman

    "The American People want.."-ya'll to work it out w/out all of the grandstanding & threats & name calling.

    December 17, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. current state of the union

    Love the hypocracy from Tom l, when he speaks of the intolerance on the left, you can't even speak your mind on the right without the threat of a primary . Its stick to the script, or face the wrath of the big money superpacs . Your inability to think beyond regurgitated talking points shot down by experts long ago is just sad. Uninformed peopl are the mainstay of the gop, without them they are doomed, that's why soooo much effort is put into convolute.the facts.the truth is their worst enemy.

    December 17, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Winning

    As much as I like the idea of compromise, I really wish this one had included something more towards the grand bargain that died a while back. I despise the teatrolls, but they're right that the deficit and growing debt are completely out of control. Where they are wrong is on how to deal with it.

    I am a government worker, and I have to say that the agency I work for is completely inefficient and top-heavy with management. In order for something I produce to get signed, it has to go through a review process that includes six bosses. The cuts haven't helped this situation, and they never will. What the government needs is a thorough analysis by an independent group of consultants to find where the inefficiencies are agency by agency, to identify agencies that overlap in what parts of the law they administer so that they can be combined and the overlaps eliminated by congress, to identify ways that whatever agencies remain can be restructured so that they contain less management.

    And then we need congress to do whatever those independent consulting firms recommend.

    December 17, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Its about time. Liberals have to learn that they can't always have it their way."

    WTH are you even talking about? The only real opposition to this compromise is coming from the GOP/Teatrolls. Meh...just close the shades on your echo chamber and go back to sleep.

    December 17, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. current state of the union

    For instance, the shutdown was the Democrats fault, keystone pipeline poses no threat to our northern watershed, that's why mitts campaign had zero interest in the facts, they dont serve them well . And tried and true, tax cuts for the rich creates jobs, the real lie of the year, year after year, history proved this wrong, but they simply won't accept it.why vote gop.again?

    December 17, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Its about time. Liberals have to learn that they can't always have it their way.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Honestly Redd, you really need to warn other posters before posting super-funny things and to end your post with "sarcasm off". Your post was so hilarious it almost made coffee come out of my nose.

    December 17, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Winning

    I'll point out that I also don't the the amount of services performed by the government is entirely necessary. Things like environmental regulation, food inspection, consumer protection, and financial market regulation are absolutely necessary, but other things like support for the arts maybe we can't afford right now due to our debt situation. Then there's the military, which is bloated and wasteful and could use the same restructuring and streamlining that the civilian government needs. Finally, tax increases should absolutely be on the table. I make enough money that I actually have to pay at tax time, and I would pay more if everyone else would, and the tax code itself desperately needs to be reformed.

    December 17, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    Hey Winning-the Deficit is SHRINKING. No need to fear, the Repubs. will come up with another Boogerman. They have to;or they cease to exist.

    December 17, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Winning

    I am well aware that the deficit is down, but it is still hundreds of billions of dollars per year that is being added to a debt that is in the double digits of trillions of dollars. That is not sustainable. It has to be dealt with.

    December 17, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    No unemployment insurance?

    December 17, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. tom l

    @Winning

    I am well aware that the deficit is down, but it is still hundreds of billions of dollars per year that is being added to a debt that is in the double digits of trillions of dollars. That is not sustainable. It has to be dealt with.

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    I'm not sure sonny understands the difference between "debt" and "deficit".

    December 17, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. S.B. Stein

    This is a deal no one really likes. Every side hoped to get more out of it. Given what is going on, this is not a totally bad deal. It would have been nice to include an extension of long term Unemployment benefits. The teapublicans weren't really willing to even think about that.

    December 17, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. S.B. Stein

    Is there any talk of agreements on tax reform (stripping out subsidies and other "gimmies" to corporations that don't need them), the farm bill or immigration? I would hope that there would be some movement on other big issues.

    December 17, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. wendel

    even the pope thinks trickledown is a joke . Repos need to get their act together. Any budget deal is an improvement. Can't believe it is such a big deal in the media. Goes to show how long it has been since anything got done in Washington.

    December 17, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Deficit/Debt are semantics & are a Boogerman when they occur in Dem. Administrations but "cost of doing business & War On Terror" when they occur under Repubs.

    December 17, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. tom l

    "I am a government worker, and I have to say that the agency I work for is completely inefficient and top-heavy with management"

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    I appreciate Winning's honest and frank assessment. This is what people like me are so concerned about. I used to live in Los Angeles. You should see the waste and top heavy management of the LAUSD. It's quite typical. This is what has to change. Even Obama complained about this...

    December 17, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    P.S.-either can be dealt w/on a long term basis. Not in the time span that Paul Ryan insists on. Growing the Economy w/ Full Time Employment would work better than raising Taxes or Cutting Spending. And no, Tax Cuts for the Wealthy(Job Creators) doesn't work.

    December 17, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. rs

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Its about time. Liberals have to learn that they can't always have it their way.
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    I hate to point it out, but the hold up was the Republican's stupid use of the Filiibuster (again) to require a supermajority to pass the budget.

    December 17, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. tom l

    I'm not sure if there is anything funnier or my ironic than reading all the comments from the "gang" on the lane closures. It's so funny how interested they are in getting to the bottom of that but when it comes to President Obama discussing the fact with his staff that IYLYPYCKI is no big deal. Benghazi? We don't need to hear from the people that were there. IRS? Nothing to see there. Lois Lerner told us all is ok with her pleading the 5th. NSA? That's the repubs fault. Healthcare.gov? So what if it's a Canadian company and big deal that Michelle Obama's college buddy "won" the contract. All of these issues were met with the same response from the president....that he was unaware and just found out. But with Christie and the lane closures? Boy! We better get to the bottom of this!!!
    Hilarious.

    December 17, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Its about time. Liberals have to learn that they can't always have it their way.
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    When your opponents rebuff your demands, which were issued under duress to your opponents, that's not called "having it their way." It's called "sending you on your merry way." Have a nice day.

    December 17, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Winning

    @Sonny:

    No, debt and deficit are not semantics, they are two distinct things, and at the current levels, they are not sustainable. The deficit can be summed up as the difference between our revenues and our expenditures. Currently, our expenditures vastly outpace our revenues, and we have to borrow in order to make up that difference. The debt is the accumulation of many years of deficits. Our current situation is unsustainable. Think of the amount of interest alone we have to pay on that debt and how much of a waste of money that is. Think of what you could spend that money on instead.

    That isn't to say I agree with how the Republicans are going after it; I don't. Their solutions are too one dimensional, and while they might spend less, the result I have seen is that they have made government even more inefficient. For example, there used to be 6 other people doing the job I do, and even then at the bottom we couldn't keep up with the workload. Due to the cuts, now there is just me due to turnover combined with a hiring freeze. The workload has not decreased and has actually increased. How does that fare for the public? Do you think we can provide a good service to the public in that situation? Keep in mind that the public still has to obey they law, it just now takes many, many months longer for them to be able to do so.

    It's stupid.

    December 17, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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