CNN Vote Count: Budget deal has enough Senate support for final passage
December 17th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
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CNN Vote Count: Budget deal has enough Senate support for final passage

Washington (CNN) – The budget deal that passed an important procedural hurdle in the Senate has enough support to win final Congressional approval this week, according to CNN's vote count.

On Tuesday, 67 Senators supported breaking a filibuster and moving towards a final vote – signaling that final passage of the agreement is all but certain.

Another reflection of this near certainty: Fifty-two Senators or Senate aides confirmed to CNN that they plan to support the measure's final passage. Because the final vote requires only a simple majority – the 52 confirmed "aye" votes means, according to CNN's count, the measure will pass.

The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray soared through the House, passing Thursday by a 332-94 vote. For many, the deal represents a way to ensure that federal government doesn't shut down again – like it did for 16 days in October.

Twelve Republicans joined all 55 Democrats in Tuesday's vote, but not all those Republicans said they planned to back final passage of the deal.

"There's no reason to block an up or down vote on the budget agreement," tweeted Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. "But I will vote NO on final passage."

Not all of the 12 Republicans backed away from the deal, either.

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia – who is retiring next year and voted in favor of breaking the filibuster – said on the Senate floor after the vote that he plans to vote yes on final based because the bill " lays the groundwork for the next chapter in our pursuit of fiscal sanity."

Like Republicans, some Democrats who voted to move forward with the measure on Tuesday said they couldn't guarantee they would back final passage of the budget. An aide to Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told CNN on Tuesday that the Senator "remains undecided even though he did vote for cloture." Harkin is one of a handful of liberal senators who raised concerns that an unemployment benefit extension was not included in the deal.

"There's over a million people now who cannot find a job, out of work, and right at this time of year their unemployment insurance is being cut off," Harkin told Radio Iowa last week. "It's really unconscionable."

If lawmakers don't act, unemployment benefits – at a cost of $26 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office – will expire for 1.3 million workers on December 28.

Other Senators who caucus with the Democratic Party – like Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – said they would begrudgingly support the bill's final passage. A spokesman for Sanders used one word to describe how Sander's would support the bill: "unenthusiastically."

The budget – while more scaled back than most Senators had wanted – is a bright spot of bipartisanship in what has been a year full of bitter partisanship, political dysfunction and low support for the work Congress is doing.

After the deal likely passes the Senate, the budget will head to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature. The President has already signaled that he support the plan.

CNN's Ted Barrett, Tom Cohen, Dana Bash and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia – who is retiring next year and voted in favor of breaking the filibuster
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    Republicans can actually do the right thing if they're not worried about being primaried.

    December 17, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    It seems to me that since the GOP cost the U.S. Economy and taxpayers $24 billion bucks, of nothing during the shutdown, the GOP is just pretending to be "fiscally responsibile".

    Actions speak louder than words, show the GOP is fiscally irresponsible.

    December 17, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Democrats are too focused on short term goals to realize that they're being outplayed over the long run....again. Democrats just gave away all of their leverage for the next two years.

    December 17, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    The GOP Solution
    As much as you are ignorant of the cold hard facts, it is a well known fact that CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. That means, good buddy you try to do it yourself before you ask somebody to do it. And when you collect a dollar of welfare somebody else supplies that dollar. In plain English, when you go to the store for something, somebody had to do everything to put that product on the shelf.

    December 17, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Republicans can actually do the right thing if they're not worried about being primaried."

    Republicans can actually do the right thing if they're more worried about etch-a-sketching their image prior to a mid-term election than they are about being primaried.

    FIFY :-)

    December 17, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. tom l

    Malory Archer posted today:

    Additionally tom, unitl "raygun" posts here and I verbally assault him, or namecall another poster because I don't like their writing (the definition of ad hominem attack) your whining and attempting to deflect only hurts your already lacking credibility.
    -------
    tom l. posted last week:

    Also, when either Donna or True Conservative post something that sounds like the M and M girls (Mallory and Marie), it's fake.
    ======================================================
    Gee, tom would never directly call specific individuals names now, would he?

    "You betcha, cause we gotcha."

    =======

    Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....

    December 17, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    The Democrats are too focused on short term goals to realize that they're being outplayed over the long run....again. Democrats just gave away all of their leverage for the next two years.
    -------
    And the pre-emptive excuses for a mid-term slaughter begin.

    December 17, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Hector – Where in the Bible do you get your beliefs?

    December 17, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. current state of the union

    Obama's epic failures, right, old Georgey boy had us headed straight for prosperity, yes sir, sure wished we would have rode that wave a bit longer, just think where we would be. The most unpatriotic man alive, bar Cheney . His election night tax seminar spoke volumes, how to cheat the united states government out of taxes, at a mere 10 grand a plate, we need more like him. Anyone who thinks we have forgotten, will be enlightened in 16.

    December 17, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    In 2014, the republicans are in for another Mitt Romney landslide, unless they can suppress the vote or stop trying to destroy the country. If the GOPers weren't so dangerous to our country, it would be funny to watch.

    December 17, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    tom l posted:

    Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....
    --------------------------
    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists".

    December 17, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Current – W Bush was Herbert Hoover reincarnated.

    December 17, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "The Democrats are too focused on short term goals to realize that they're being outplayed over the long run....again. Democrats just gave away all of their leverage for the next two years.
    ---
    And the pre-emptive excuses for a mid-term slaughter begin."

    I couldn't disagree more with both of you. The GOP/Teatrolls just kicked their internal war for primacy into high gear. Heritage, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Red State's little army of racist ideologues, et al, are all furious with the establishment GOP right now, blacklisting anyone who voted for this compromise and promising to primary the crap out of them. If you think the GOP did itself any favors here, you're snorting Carpet Fresh. Just remember: President Romney is as fictional as Santa (both the white and brown versions).

    December 17, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The Democrats are too focused on short term goals to realize that they're being outplayed over the long run....again. Democrats just gave away all of their leverage for the next two years.
    -
    And the pre-emptive excuses for a mid-term slaughter begin."

    I couldn't disagree more with both of you. The GOP/Teatrolls just kicked their internal war for primacy into high gear. Heritage, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Red State's little army of racist ideologues, et al, are all furious with the establishment GOP right now, blacklisting anyone who voted for this compromise and promising to primary the crap out of them. If you think the GOP did itself any favors here, you're snorting Carpet Fresh. Just remember: President Romney is as fictional as Santa (both the white and brown versions).

    As for Dem leverage, leaving the government shutdown games on the table for the GOP/Teatrolls to play and hang themselves is all well and good, but not productive. They just hanged themselves with their radicalized righties, which is good enough. It will remain more than abundantly clear to everyone in the country who is blocking an extension of unemployment insurance, who is threatening (again) to default the nation on its debts as a hostage game, who is trying to rig voting procedures/systems to "fix" the growing minority population, who is refusing to enact anything to deal with the economy, who is blocking immigration reform, who continues to attack women's rights and freedoms, who is blocking an increase in the minimum wage, etc. etc. etc.

    December 17, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Hector Slagg

    Well,
    The GOP Solution
    As much as you are ignorant of the cold hard facts, it is a well known fact that CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. That means, good buddy you try to do it yourself before you ask somebody to do it. And when you collect a dollar of welfare somebody else supplies that dollar. In plain English, when you go to the store for something, somebody had to do everything to put that product on the shelf.
    *******************
    So, when will you start acting like a civil human being instead of the partisan piece of work you are? Your definition of "charity starting at home" seems to be interpreted into not giving a damn about the people around you. Your posts are filled with pithy little sayings and assumptions that are grossly off the mark. What I don't see much being offered is much in the way of ideas, except for a penchant for twisting history in to some bizzaro world version of it. The assumption that anyone who disagrees with you is some lazy parasite who has never worked a day in their lives is laughable, about as laughable as your assertion of a century of liberal ideas having had a stranglehold on this country, Ray E Georgia.

    December 17, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. current state of the union

    No preemptive excuse, dems don't turn out to bite on off year elections fair, you should be thankful for that, most Americans simply don't believe what they say on how to stimulate the economy, most don't buy the tax breaks create jobs, no evidence of that, but plenty of proof that's nonsense

    December 17, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....
    --------–
    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists"."

    Everyone please grow a pair and stop pantwetting. Getting personal, taking it personal, whining about who said what...it's like watching an episode of Melrose Place. All I can think of is that "Leave Britney Alone" guy. Don't like what someone said, then fight fire with fire or ignore it, but the whining and mewling has gotta go.

    December 17, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. tom l

    @Rudy
    tom l posted:

    Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....
    --------–
    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists".

    =======

    How on earth did I get personal? By calling them the M & M girls? How is that remotely similar to the "blanket term" of rethugs? You make zero sense. This is the classic Rudy, by the way. Completely deflect from the point I am making about Mallory's immaturity and try to turn it around with gibberish.

    And Sniffit, I loved Melrose Place! What a great show. Sidney was my favorite.

    December 17, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. CryBabies

    @ GOP=Greed....You do realize that the Administration had the opening to delay Obamacare for a year but decided to hold fast, shoot themselves in the foot and push forward with this debacle...hence the shutdown. So you think the left was right??

    December 17, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    tom l

    Malory Archer posted today:

    Additionally tom, unitl "raygun" posts here and I verbally assault him, or namecall another poster because I don't like their writing (the definition of ad hominem attack) your whining and attempting to deflect only hurts your already lacking credibility.
    ---
    tom l. posted last week:

    Also, when either Donna or True Conservative post something that sounds like the M and M girls (Mallory and Marie), it's fake.
    ======================================================
    Gee, tom would never directly call specific individuals names now, would he?

    "You betcha, cause we gotcha."

    =======

    Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....

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

    What? sorry tom, but aside from my "Additionally tom, unitl "raygun" posts here and I verbally assault him, or namecall another poster because I don't like their writing (the definition of ad hominem attack) your whining and attempting to deflect only hurts your already lacking credibility" comment above, I've never seen the rest of that word salad. Care to put it into context?

    Who actually said "Also, when either Donna or True Conservative post something that sounds like the M and M girls (Mallory and Marie), it's fake.
    ======================================================
    Gee, tom would never directly call specific individuals names now, would he?

    "You betcha, cause we gotcha."?

    December 17, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    tom l

    @Rudy
    tom l posted:

    Lol. Ummmm. Calling them the M & M girls is calling them names like "rethugs"? Really? I honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you can elaborate on how that is namecalling....
    --––
    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists".

    =======

    How on earth did I get personal? By calling them the M & M girls? How is that remotely similar to the "blanket term" of rethugs? You make zero sense.

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

    Actually, YOU have ZERO reading comprehension skills. LOL – Thanks for proving that Rudy is smarter than you as well!

    December 17, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Sniffit: "Everyone please grow a pair and stop pantwetting."

    Certainly it would be an agreeable change.

    December 17, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    tom l.

    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists".

    =======

    How on earth did I get personal? By calling them the M & M girls? How is that remotely similar to the "blanket term" of rethugs? You make zero sense. This is the classic Rudy, by the way. Completely deflect from the point I am making about Mallory's immaturity and try to turn it around with gibberish.
    --------------------------------
    tom, the world existed before you started posting here. Folks have been using the word "rethugs" long before you got here. You took offense to it, and started launching personal attacks. Like I told you last week, your tom foolery has grown weary. You are the stereotypical salesman, and your sales pitch is stale. Repeating it over and over only makes it worse. I suggest that you follow the above advice, grow a pair, and stop taking things too seriously. You're acting like a sheltered juvenile again.

    December 17, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Malory wrote:

    Actually, YOU have ZERO reading comprehension skills. LOL – Thanks for proving that Rudy is smarter than you as well!
    ----------------------
    Aw gee, thanks.

    December 17, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. tom l

    tom l.

    You got personal. The word "rethugs" is a blanket term, not all that different from "leftists", "marxists", and "communists".

    =======

    How on earth did I get personal? By calling them the M & M girls? How is that remotely similar to the "blanket term" of rethugs? You make zero sense. This is the classic Rudy, by the way. Completely deflect from the point I am making about Mallory's immaturity and try to turn it around with gibberish.
    ----------–
    tom, the world existed before you started posting here. Folks have been using the word "rethugs" long before you got here. You took offense to it, and started launching personal attacks. Like I told you last week, your tom foolery has grown weary. You are the stereotypical salesman, and your sales pitch is stale. Repeating it over and over only makes it worse. I suggest that you follow the above advice, grow a pair, and stop taking things too seriously. You're acting like a sheltered juvenile again.

    =====

    lol. Point missed but that's ok. Sooooooo, one more time (and this time with feeling!). A grown person using terms like "rethugs" or "teaklans" or "raygun" is childish and demonstrates a lack of tolerance. That's all I was saying. Kudos to Rudy for trying to deflect and distract from the main point.

    December 17, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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