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Posted on 10/16/2013 5:33:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The US Senate has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risks default.
The Democratic-controlled Senate's bipartisan compromise won swift approval by 81 votes to 18.
It will now be sent to the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership has begrudgingly said it will support the measure.
It comes hours before the deadline to raise the $16.7tn (£10.5tn) limit.
President Barack Obama is set to speak shortly at the White House.
The deal would extend the federal borrowing limit until 7 February and fund the government to 15 January.
The bill would also create a panel of Senate and House members to draw up a longer-term budget deal.
Speaking after the vote, Senate Democratic Majority leader Harry Reid said: "Let's be honest, this is pain inflicted on a nation for no good reason and we cannot, cannot make the same mistake again."
Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, Sen Reid's negotiating partner, said earlier that the deal "is far less than many of us hoped for, quite frankly, but far better than what some had sought".
Congressional Republicans, who have borne the brunt of blame in opinion polls for the budget row, conceded defeat on Wednesday.
"We fought the good fight," Republican House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview with an Ohio radio station. "We just didn't win."
Meanwhile, the political post-mortem examination has already begun.
"This has been a really bad two weeks for the Republican Party," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.
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Where the heck was he? Out doing something important like schmoozing with campaign donors? Getting ready for his re-election by making ads saying how much he has done (pork) for Oklahoma? A pox on all these people!
Thanks for the nay votes.
She's a friggin' acolyte of McNuts and Grahamnesty! If either McNuts or Grahamnesty reached around to scratch their arse, the poke Ayotte right in the eye!
I hear you, short of a dire emergency he should have voted.
...they’d poke Ayotte right in the eye!
We need to send all the co-conspirators in the GOP leadership a Charlie Brown shirt and a football, with a card that says “Lucy is waiting for her b$&ch.”
Yeah, here comes the super-duper committee again.
Inhofe (R-OK) didnt vote
I believe he’s recovering from heart surgery.
Thank you Kate, I consider that a dire emergency.
we have been sold down the river.
Just so everyone knows, one trillion dollar annual deficits equal roughly 1.7 million dollars/minute of added debt. Any attempt to curtail this rate of debt has been described as whacko, arson, and treasoness. Is anyone else sensing the irony?
The TEA Party will not weaken over this latest fight. It will strengthen. It won’t be because of some vast political conversion, either. It will happen because the math dictates that it will happen. What can not go on forever will not go on forever. Keep your head up, your brain engaged, and have your arguments ready. People will be joining us. Be ready to welcome them......either that or the economy crashes.
Again, we r creating 1.7 million dollars of debt every second under Obama. Bring that up at the water cooler tomorrow to your liberal friends.
1.7 million/minute...sorry for the typo during the dramatic conclusion. Do the math yourself
Obama’s Cadillac - the one called The Beast - there are actually twelve of them!! Each one costs 1.5 million dollars. They get 3.7 miles per gallon. Each one weighs about 15,000 pounds.
It is good to be king of a third world country.
Tim Scott voted no.
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"Republican by day, Democrat by night."
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Alexander, Corker, McCain, Graham, Ayotte, Hatch, et al, by passing this, also voted to hand over $174,000 to the widow of Frank Lautenberg (net worth ~ $60,000,000) AND $3,000,000,000 for BRIDGEWORK to Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky.
First we give the Party of Cowards a death blow. Then, after that is accomplished, we deal with the Party of Death.
How many of these Republicans voted “No” because they knew their vote wasn’t needed, and they were going to issues with their constituents if they hadn’t??? I would mark down Toomey as one of them.
I’m pretty sure he would have been a No vote.