GOP Joins as Budget Clears 1st Senate Vote, 67-33
Deal should pass Senate no later than tomorrow
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2013 7:54 AM CST
Updated Dec 17, 2013 9:50 AM CST
In this Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, fields questions from reporters as he walks on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – Conservatives still don't love the bipartisan budget deal passed by the House last week, but as expected, it advanced in the Senate today after a number of Republican senators declared their support. In some cases, their quite tepid support: The deal "isn’t everything I’d hoped it would be, and it isn’t what I would have written," reads Orrin Hatch's statement, per the Washington Post. "But sometimes the answer has to be yes." Along with the backing of John McCain and at least five other Republicans, the Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, the AP reports. That means it will pass the Senate no later than tomorrow and head to the White House for President Obama's signature.

The bipartisan Paul Ryan-Patty Murray deal ran into trouble with the Senate despite easily passing the House, thanks to what the Post refers to as "a slew of tea party heroes" raising issues with it. Even many Democrats have problems with the bill, particularly because it doesn't renew unemployment benefits for more than a million people, CNN reports. But the deal means two blissful years of no government shutdown threats, the Guardian reports. Even so, don't get comfortable: The next battle will be over the debt ceiling, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Treasury says it should be raised by early March in order to avoid a government default, and conservatives want to try and get whatever they can in return. Then again, some think it may not be worth the potential bad press; plus, Obama has repeatedly said he won't negotiate.

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Dec 17, 2013 11:26 PM CST
The worst fukking the troops have received since Pat Schroeder did it to them in 1981 with the FSPA. ...grateful ass
Dec 17, 2013 10:27 PM CST
Obama should never negotiate with extortionists like Boehner... As GWB legislators Boehner and Cantor and Ryan would raise every debt ceiling GWB asked for to murder 500,000 innocent Iraqi men women and children... but Boehner and Cantor and Ryan wont raise a debt ceiling while Obama is president so the government can PAY for the bills the REPUBLICANS racked up over insane wars and unfunded Medicare Part D mandates and insane tax cuts for the rich-and-connected.. It's good to see Boehner and the other republican debt creators have finally come to their senses and stopped acting like hypocritical extortionists.
Dec 17, 2013 6:41 PM CST
"Obama has repeatedly said he won't negotiate." This from the man who said he would "Reach across the isle to work with BOTH parties"...and apparently doesn't give a rip about submitting "his" budget... "President Obama missed the Monday deadline for submitting a budget to Congress, marking the FOURTH time in FIVE years he has been late — and in a town where missing deadlines is routine, this one is beginning to get noticed." "The Budget Act requires that he submit a blueprint for taxes and spending by the first Monday in February, but only once, in 2010, has he met that deadline. This year, the White House hasn’t yet said when it will have a plan." "But in an ironic twist, the president missed the deadline the same day he signed the aptly named “no budget, no pay” act, which withholds pay from members of Congress if they don’t pass a budget by their own legal deadline of April 15. That was attached to a bill that waives the federal debt limit through mid-May." LoL... "Hope & Change" will become "Hope 4 Change"