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Budget focus shifts to Senate

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 13, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber Thursday evening, Dec. 12, 2013, as the House holds final votes before leaving for the holiday recess, at the Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — After a vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate.

The package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month.

At the same time, Democrats who were upset that the bill would not extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed suppressed their doubts to advance the measure to the Democratic-led Senate, where Obama’s allies appear set to clear it next week for his signature.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday morning that he would confer with GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to push consideration of the budget agreement sooner.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Fdworfe says... December 13, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.

First impression is to applaud The Speaker’s standing up to the right-wing extremists. Well OK, let’s analyze a bit. The moderate Republicans cultivated and welcomed those righties into their exclusive little tent for short-term political gain—mostly hoping I suppose that they’d give the free spending Democrats their comeuppance. Problem with extremists is that they can’t stop doing extreme stuff. That’s why they’re called extremists. If right-wing and left-wing extremism isn’t officially a disease, it’s close enough to be treated that way. It’ll take long-term disinfectant and therapy to come even close to ridding The House of this rightie menace no matter how hard the moderate Republicans try. Kind of poetic justice, couldn’t we say?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 13, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

Soo what is extreme about going back to a form of Governance under the Constitution?

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merlin749 says... December 13, 2013 at 8:38 p.m.

Liberals want to label anyone who doesn't agree with them as extremists, when in fact a lot of them fit the description. Boehner's trashing the Tea Party folks for trying to hold him to meaningful budget change is cheap and shameful arrogance.

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aimee says... December 13, 2013 at 10:08 p.m.

Governance by the Constitution is NOT governance by The Club for Growth, right, Maddjack..????

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 13, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

Finally the speaker got some gonads and told the tea party where to go.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 13, 2013 at 10:48 p.m.

Where did I say anything about The Club for Growth. And that would be Governance under the Constitution. Big difference.

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aimee says... December 14, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.

Governance [under] by the Constitution is NOT governance [under] by The Club for Growth, right, Maddjack..????

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