U.S. House passes two-year budget plan; Senate vote next week

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:33pm EST

Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a two-year, bipartisan budget plan that would end some automatic spending cuts on federal agencies and replace them with more targeted government savings.

By an overwhelming margin, the House passed the measure that also aims to end the partisan fighting between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal affairs, which led to last October's 16-day partial government shutdown.

The budget deal must next pass the Democratic-controlled Senate before being sent to President Barack Obama for signing into law.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (32)
Bernie777 wrote:
This is a do nothing bill. Basically what both Parties are saying, do nothing until after the 2014 elections.

Dec 12, 2013 2:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:
Worse than a do nothing bill, Ryan just bragged on Morning Joe that the frame work of compromise gave everything the T’GOP wanted, no revenue growth, preserve the Military Budget, and repress earned entitlements. As a liberal progressive defender of liberty, equality and land ownership for all, we should be abhorred at this Ryan-Murray resolution. Having switched to independent over USA Afghanistan Occupation, ‘me thinks’ every progressive minded person should soldier up and switch independent to primary the T’GOP into extinction 2014.
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Dec 12, 2013 7:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
biggerPicture wrote:
Why not any encouraging uplifting commentary about supporting our oil independence creating so many jobs and exporting oil or at least cutting what we import? How much could we cut if business’s were to grow, and people didn’t need the government? Do we have any politicians who are entrepreneurial and want America & Americans to prosper again or are they in it for re-election? Lets face it, a Rep or Senate job is a good gig, why rock the boat, why help America when you can keep your contributions? Some spend millions to get a seat – why? Do they spend millions because they really care deeply about America – or hey, a seat really isn’t a bad job, in fact you can make a lot of money doing it which otherwise they would be just regular people? Don’t educate, give em handouts, they vote and contribute!

Dec 12, 2013 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
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