Thomas R. Eddlem
December 23, 2013
President Obama has pledged to sign into law the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.” Supposedly a bipartisan compromise, the budget deal negotiated by Democratic Senator Patty Murray (Wash.) and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (Wis.) would increase discretionary spending limits over levels set by the sequester law signed two years ago; it would fund ObamaCare; and it would increase taxes — baggage “fees” for airline traffic.
Obama praised the Murray-Ryan budget deal during his December 20 press conference because it “unwinds some of the damaging sequester cuts that created headwinds for our economy. It clears the path for businesses and for investments that we need to strengthen our middle class, like education and scientific research. And it means that the American people won’t be exposed to the threat of another reckless shutdown every few months.”
On the other hand, House Liberty Caucus Chairman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) summed up the bipartisan budget deal pushed by House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leaders in Washington with this quip on his Facebook page: “Republicans will agree to more spending, and in exchange, Republicans will get higher taxes.” But even though House Speaker ultimately needed Democratic votes in the December 12 roll call vote (332-94) to pass the bill, most House Republicans voted for the bill’s higher taxes and higher spending. Only 62 House Republicans opposed the bill. In the Senate, 36 of the 44 Senate Republicans voted against the bill December 18 (the total Senate vote was 64-36).
This article was posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 6:25 am