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Excerpt: "The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding."

Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: AP)
Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: AP)


Senate Passes Republican Budget With Deep Safety Net Cuts

By Reuters

27 March 15

 

he Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.

The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It came at the end of a marathon 18-hour session that saw approval of dozens of amendments ranging from Iran sanctions to carbon emissions and immigration policies.

Two Republican senators who are running or considering running for president, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, voted against their party’s budget plan, which is similar to one passed by House Republicans on Wednesday.

In addition to aiming to eliminate deficits within 10 years, both documents seek to ease the path for a repeal or replacement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law.

But differences between the two documents still need to be worked out and a combined budget passed next month by both chambers. Doing so would allow Republicans to invoke parliamentary rules to repeal “Obamacare” with a simple majority in the Senate rather than a tough-to-achieve 60 vote threshold.

Under the convoluted U.S. spending process, the budgets do not become law, but influence government agency funding bills later in the year. They also showcase the fiscal vision for Republicans, who now control both Houses of Congress for the first time since 2006 and are eager to demonstrate their ability to govern.

“This balanced budget is an important first step to help Washington live within its means, just like hardworking families have to do every day,” said Republican Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi.

He added that once a final budget is passed lawmakers would begin to work to find alternate savings that would allow them to ease statutory budget caps on military and domestic programs.

The Senate budget seeks to eliminate U.S. deficits by 2025 without raising taxes through deep cuts to social safety net programs, investments in transportation and education and other domestic programs.

At the same time, it proposes to boost defense spending by adding about $38 billion to an off-budget war funding account, and offers core Pentagon budget increases in subsequent years.

More than 50 non-binding amendments were considered on Thursday and Friday in an open “vote-a-rama” process that allowed senators to promote pet causes or try to force opposition members into votes that may be used in campaign ads.

Republicans passed a symbolic roll-back of the Obama administration’s carbon emissions rules for power plants, while a Democratic proposal to recognize climate change risks for the military won approval.

Another Democratic amendment to let all Americans earn paid sick leave passed with a surprisingly strong 61 votes, with support from 14 Republicans. The Senate also voted unanimously to make it easier to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates any nuclear deal.

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+9 # Robbee 2015-03-27 23:46
what are these idiots up to? what if zomblicans win the presidency in 2016?
 
 
+1 # jsluka 2015-03-28 17:43
They will win if the Dumbocrats run Hillary.
 
 
+19 # Ken Halt 2015-03-28 01:14
One measure of the health of the US experiment with representative democracy is that Re/teapub cretins such as McConnell, Cruz, Imhofe, Santorum, GW/Cheney, Lott, Cotton, Cantor, Boner, DeLay, & etc, have actually been elected to national office. The anti-federalist s have succeeded in bringing the republic to its knees, will it survive?
 
 
+6 # PCPrincess 2015-03-28 10:02
It hasn't been a representative democracy for a long while. The corruption runs to deep and human beings are too faulty. First, we need to set a fire under the arses of those who are still unable or unwilling to see what's going on, then, join together and re-create a system that can actually work for the best of the majority, not the minority.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2015-03-28 11:07
Just ask yourselves what kind of sub-humans actually propose and vote for this immoral set-up (I refuse to call it Legislation).
Yet they receive lifetime four-star noncontributory , taxpayer-funded health and retirement benefits, lobbyist -funded expensive dinners and jaunts, and get rich in office (this latter is NOT confined to TeaThuglicans).
"“This balanced budget is an important first step to help Washington live within its means, just like hardworking families have to do every day,” said Republican Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi" . What the fuck does HE know about "Hardworking families"? And would HE take a pay and benefit cut that THEY (and we) are funding? And what of seniors who pay into S.S./Medicare all their "Hardworking" lives?
Yet they increase Military spending -already bloated.
They are SOOOO damn predictable, they should publish a Republican Finks Almanac annually!
"Hypocritical Finks" is far too nice a term in referring to these mean-spirited, corrupt, anti-populist swinehund!
And we wonder why many people don't vote, or vote for "None of the above".
No place is perfect but this once hopefully advancing and dynamic country is sliding backwards into Feudalist, Banana-republic Oligarchy, as "Civilized" nations make progress and provide their citizens with at least the basic human rights, even in tough economic "Austerity" times.
Hope Obama vetoes this travesty!
 

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