House Passes Budget Bill to Increase Spending, Reverse Some Automatic Cuts

Bill prevents another government shutdown

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From right: Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10, 2013.

Updated: 6:58 p.m.

The House passed a budget bill Thursday that will reverse some automatic cuts and set spending levels for the next two years in an effort to prevent another embarrassing government shutdown.

The legislation passed the House 332-94, with 62 Republicans bucking House leadership and opposing the deal. The Senate will likely pass the bill and President Obama is expected to sign it.

The bill, which raises discretionary spending and replaces $63 billion that would have been otherwise automatically cut from the budget with more targeted cuts and fees, is the most significant budget agreement since the Republicans won control of the House in 2010. Although Democrats are upset that unemployment benefits will not be extended in the deal, the agreement drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) drew  bipartisan support in a fiercely divided Congress.

The bill reduces the deficit by about $23 billion over 10 years, doesn’t raise taxes, protects military spending and allows Congress to return to its usual budget appropriations process. It’s also a significant departure from the brinksmanship that has consumed Congress the last few years and prompted the government shutdown.

Some Democrats oppose the bill because it doesn’t extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million Americans whose benefits will expire on Dec. 28. Some conservatives oppose the higher spending numbers, but House leaders were determined to push the bill through. “You can’t spend your time making perfect the enemy of the good,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Wednesday.

“This agreement will stop Washington’s lurch from crisis to crisis,” Ryan said in a statement after the bill was passed. “It will bring stability to the budget process and show both parties can work together.”

“I am disappointed that Republicans refused to allow us to extend support for workers fighting to get back on the job in this budget deal. But I am going to keep fighting for that outside this deal,” Murray said after the vote. “And I know it would have been far more devastating to working families if the certainty of Congress lurching towards either another government shutdown or continued sequestration was added to the uncertainty surrounding their unemployment insurance.”

The President called the bill’s passage a “positive step forward for the nation and our economy,” but said he would have liked the bill to extend unemployment insurance. Still, he said in a statement, “it marks an important moment of bipartisan cooperation and shows Washington can and should stop governing by crisis and both sides can work together to get things done.”

65 comments
wild&1child
wild&1child

>>>> and for thoes few that actually look for jobs on an hourly basis; don't ask for much of anything from anyone; but did get laid off of work after 10 years<<<<< 

SURE, LETS CUT UNEMPLOYMENT


>>>BETTER YET<<<< 

SCREEN THOES THAT ARE DRUG FREE; APPLYING FOR 2 JOBS A DAY; AND HAVE DEPENDENTS TO CARE FOR


if you meet thoes qualifications and are unemployeed still, then cut some slack!

soccergod98
soccergod98

"Washington can and should stop governing by crisis"


That's the only reason this budget got passed in the first place! Virtually nobody is content by this budget, regardless of the numbers it was passed with. The only reason it got passed was to prevent another shutdown (oh, yeah - a government shutdown would be a CRISIS., wouldn't it?). 


In my eyes, this is not a step towards governing without crisis as all. This is another decision, based solely on the idea of another CRISIS, that will carry our government forward for a limited time. This is a decision that leaves nobody happy.

morningtricia
morningtricia

I think there could have been a compromise on the unemployment.  It is my understanding in Colorado now it is only 6 months.   Not nearly enough time to get a job in most scenarios.  Perhaps not letting it carry on for 3 years is in order, but 6 months is just pushing towards another recession with with more homes being lost.  I hope something is done.

dennis8001
dennis8001

here is how to cut spending reduce Congress pay by 20% eliminate their pensions and let them go to ACA for healthcare. Career politicians weren't what our founding fathers wanted.


As for the extension of long term unemployment, now that it won't be extended for 3 years watch how many happen to find jobs and according to reports of 7% unemployment rate extension of benefits aren't necessary. 


Military budget could be cut by a third. Do we really need 946 Generals and their staff. Countries want our protection they should have to pay for it. ( Saudi Arabia)


AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Not a perfect budget deal at all.  But, it's very important that both parties in Congress actually begin the process of working together.

A few items that I noted;

1)  One was the increased spending that conservatives so adamantly opposed, as do I. Gotta laugh about that one. 

2)  And, a deficit reduction of a whopping (tongue in cheek here) 23 Billion over 10 years is simply ludicrous.  It's a very small drop in a very large bucket. 

3)  But, sequestration was adjusted which should undo some of the financial damage it does.  It should be eliminated. 

4)  I can't agree with stopping unemployment assistance as the recession continues to have its impact on far too many working families in this country.  They may be able to do that in one more year as the employment picture is improving.  But not enough to eliminate this very important benefit now.  Apparently We the People aren't Too Big To Fail in the eyes of our elected representatives.

5)  And, let's face it, a fee is a fee is a TAX by any other name. Fee for what exactly? And how can they justify increasing them? Is the government providing more services?  Hardly.  They are cutting back.  

Increasing fee's to generate more revenue is just a tax pure and simple.   The authors simply don't have the political courage to call a spade a spade apparently.  Any sensible budget deal going further will incorporate a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.  I also agree with a poster below to stop corporate subsidies.  Apparently the ARE too big to fail.  

A much more aggressive, more sensible and responsible plan is actually needed; the so called Grand Plan.  I'm hopeful that saner heads can prevail and make much needed changes going forward.  A great place to start is with Bowles/Simpson.

mary2256
mary2256

what do the people that are on unemployment do when they get cut off and have nothing left and lose everything and them and there kids r on the streets cause the government took away the only money they have coming in at this time 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Just to make sure I understand. The long term unemployed in this country will be shut out, But defense contractors still get to overcharge the government, and we still continue to spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Leftcoastrocky That's unknown, but likely (from my understanding).  There seems to be more opposition in the senate this time.  

However, first they have to get through dozens of nominations, each one taking hours upon hours of debate.  If it goes on, there might not be a vote on anything else until Jan 15. 

Kentuckyvoice
Kentuckyvoice

What a terrible bill to pass by the GOP house. It seems that these guys are doing all they can to lose the house next year. Our good old GOP no plan, no leadership, no vision.

Larrytwa
Larrytwa

LOL


Want to balance the budget.  Simple get all those on ENTITLEMENTS off.  POLICE, TEACHERS, POLITICIANS, JUDGES, LAWYERS, CONSTRUCTIONS,PRISONS, MILITARY,RETIRED PEOPLE, FOOD STAMP, MEDICAL.


Hell, now that the welfare programs has been seriously defined... Put all these people to work in PRODUCTION and MANUFACTURING.............  Serious real WORK not some manufacturer point the finger at some other group BS.  The only way US is getting out is to TAX the hell out of the stuff coming from CHINA and other countries where the US people can build them faster, better, more reliable and pay REAL TAXES...cause people on ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM don't pay taxes.

jason024
jason024

@Larrytwa

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"The only way US is getting out is to TAX the hell out of the stuff coming from CHINA and other countries where the US people can build them faster, better, more reliable and pay REAL TAXES"


You mean forcing corporations to pay a living wage and having Americans accept higher prices for American made products? Good luck with that.

TraceMcCracken
TraceMcCracken

This isn't the greatest deal from a purist conservative's view, but it's not a disaster either.  I think the Democrats were counting on the bill not making it past the House Republicans, so they could try to engineer another shutdown and blame it on the GOP.  This will take that problem off the table, while Obamacare continues to work its magic on the electorate.  When the GOP takes control in the Senate, and increases its control in the House, the budget can be revisited, in conjunction with a stronger effort to repeal Obamacare, with the support of an overwhelming majority of the electorate.  Things could be very much worse than passing this bill.

jmac
jmac

@TraceMcCracken "When the GOP takes control in the Senate . . ."


Dream much?  Ever pull your head out of the sand?  Even Republicans know you're never going to "repeal Obamacare" since it's a Republican health care plan.  

Larrytwa
Larrytwa

The healthcare was introduced by a BLACK man................OMG first release them from SLAVERY and then give them a brain to think.


WOW.................  Look quit judging a man by the color of their skin.  Accept WHAT you cannot CHANGE. 


Don't we already have enough hot air............


BTW didn't the RCP create this mess 2000-2008......  I pretty sure they did.


Republican Communist Party....  Bush and all the "A" hole...  I cannot believe the entire Bush family wasn't hanged for that.




ThorneKontos
ThorneKontos

@jmac @TraceMcCracken Odd, not a single Republican voted for it... Reagan was wrong, liberals are ignorant.

NewspeakOrwell
NewspeakOrwell

I like that you're hoping things will work for the best. But what we're talking about here is the most corrupt bunch of politicians that ever lived in Washington, and they make shady deals.

How can anyone trust them with our freedoms?

f16crewcheif
f16crewcheif

@Larrytwa

Your saying that a former President of The United States a WHITE man....and his "ENTIRE" family should be hanged? Is that what your advocating? What are the crimes you are accusing them of that come with a death penalty for the extended family and what makes you their judge jury and executioner?

BTW...Im just curious if I advocated for the same treatment of the current president not only would I be wrong it would be a criminal offense to suggest it regardless of the forum in which it was suggested (public or private). In the future please keep in mind that ignorance and hate towards ANYONE for ideology can lead to un-intended consequences.... just ask a holocaust survivor.



 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@ThorneKontos 

It's based on Republican concepts.  Bob Dole introduced the plan as an alternative to what Hillary proposed in the mid 90's and Mitt Romney actually put it to work in Mass.  Heck, the individual mandate was written by the Heritage Foundation.

Speaking of being ignorant...

ClemKadoodlehopper
ClemKadoodlehopper

Look, I don't like it, it cuts military pensions.  But, better to get it done now, than screw around for 10 fricking months.  Maybe people will see that it's not that great to "save" 20Billion over 5 years.  I mean, I looked at the military budget for the first time since I left in 88 this week.  Either we have 80k O-6 officers's, or that budget is padded massively.  Guess which one I'd go for.

ClemKadoodlehopper
ClemKadoodlehopper

@ThorneKontos@ClemKadoodlehopperOkay, you try and get Federal employee pensions cut.  "Have fun storming the Castle!"  I'm not opposed to it, I'm saying it would not get done.  You have an evenly divided House and Senate, no super majority *2/3rds in both of them belonging to one or the other party.  You want to wait until August/Sept and have the November voting concentrate on Budgets? or would you rather the talk be about the "Epic" failure of Healthcare?  One will work out for Republicans, one won't.

patriotism-matters
patriotism-matters

2 weeks before Christmas in the Republican House.

169 faux conservatives turned into a louse.

The budget debacle brought by Boehner and Ryan

Immediately started Americans to cryin

Don’t worry WE THE PEOPLE it’s the political way

We’ll gladly pay you in 10 years for more debt today.

While over in the senate Harry (G)Reid and his ilk

Smile with joy knowing they now need just a majority to bilk

Billions more dollars for social programs and illegals

And republicans voted for it like obedient beagles.

Obama in the Whitehouse that believes “everything is all about me.”

Got FED employees plus one insurance to the bill, catering to the LGBT.

While WE THE PEOPLE see No rhyme or reason

Politipukes think we’ll forget by election season.

Well enjoy your 3rd definition treason while you collude and HOB NOB

Because after 2014 RINOs you’ll be looking for jobs

jpcali
jpcali

@patriotism-matters I think "you the people" lost the last election and it looks your "we the people" will dump you in the next election.