Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law
By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News
After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew its borrowing authority, the standoff is finally over.
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling – just hours after the House and Senate passed the measure with broad bipartisan support.
Obama said the measure would immediately restart federal programs that had been put on hold during the funding lapse.
“We will begin reopening our government immediately,” he said in remarks before the House passed the bill. “And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and the American people.”
The GOP-dominated House passed the measure 285-144, with 87 Republicans joining all Democrats in support. The Senate passed it 81-18. In both chambers, only Republicans voted against the measure.
By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer
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The chances of averting a partial shutdown of the federal government seemed to vanish Sunday as leading members of Congress blamed their opponents for being unwilling to come to an agreement on a spending bill keep government operations running.
The House voted late Saturday night to delay President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for a year – a move which made it almost inevitable that a partial shutdown — which would idle tens of thousands of federal workers — will start Monday at midnight.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that the Senate would reject two amendments the House passed late Saturday night – one to delay Obamacare for a year and another to repeal the tax on medical device manufacturers that was included in the Affordable Care Act.
In subtle ways, Ryan’s budget acknowledges the results of November’s election. He isn’t seeking to do away with tax increases that have already been approved, and he accepts that tax revenue will be 19.1 percent of the economy in a decade, up from the 18.7 percent he assumed last year.
But otherwise, he continues to peddle the same ideas: the partial privatization of Medicare; a 10 percent reduction in the federal workforce; and cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, education, job training and farm programs.
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’s Todd Zwillich pointed out that Republicans lost the presidency, House seats and the combined popular vote
in House races. “People outside this process might wonder if elections have consequences,” Zwillich said.
MORE ACTION NEEDED: No Labels Co-Founder Dave Walker says that No Budget, No Pay is a step in the right direction but having a five-day workweek in Washington can bring even more accountability and solutions back to the capital. “According to the House calendar, it only plans to be in session during 2013 for 49.5 percent of weekdays … It’s outrageous that at a time when our nation’s finances are in such disarray, and the clock is ticking on our potential debt bomb, our elected officials are taking ‘spring breaks’ and a week off for every federal holiday instead of focusing full time on the task at hand,” he writes: David Walker forPOLITICO: No budget, no pay – no deal, no break
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO OF FLORIDA VOTES “NO” ON NEGOTIATED BILL
TEA PARTY STILL NOT “PRO-AMERICA” IN A TIME OF CRISIS
RUBIO PUTS IDEOLOGY BEFORE COUNTRY
By Ed Payne
(CNN) — A full two hours after a midnight deadline, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a deal Tuesday to avert the feared fiscal cliff on an 89-8 vote.
The Senate package would put off budget cuts for two months and preserve Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000.
The measure now goes to the House where it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled body.
“Glad it’s over,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, after the vote. “We’ll see if the Republicans in the House can become functional instead of dysfunctional.”
A statement from House leadership made no promises.
“Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members — and the American people — have been able to review the legislation,” the statement said.
A vote could come as early as New Year‘s Day. The House is scheduled to convene at noon.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, was hopeful the House will follow suit.
“The vote was 89 to 8. Bipartisan vote. 89 votes,” he said. “I think it sends a strong message and I think it will be approved by the House.” FULL ARTICLE WITH PDF OF BILL
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL "TEA ROSE"!
With a mixed bag political history and a personal history of a “trashy life.” it is curious why disgraced ex-speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich gets incensed when the media correctly call him a lobbyist. He could not truthfully say what his job was at Fannie Mae. Or, was it Freddie Mac…or both? I mean, why would they pay $1.6 Million dollars for a “historian?” That is the going rate for top lobbyists in Washington who became big and powerful in government and later traded on their contacts and influence. This describes Newt Gingrich, the ultimate Washington INSIDER!
Perhaps Professor Gingrich missed the lecture on “What Is a Lobbyist?” For generations we have turned to Websters for accepted definitions of what things are…or are not.
Definition of LOBBY
: to conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation
: to promote (as a project) or secure the passage of (as legislation) by influencing public officials
: to attempt to influence or sway (as a public official) toward a desired action
— lob·by·er noun
— lob·by·ism noun
— lob·by·ist noun
Examples of LOBBY
- an organization that has been lobbying for reform of the tax laws
- The health-care industry has lobbied against the proposal.
- an organization that has been lobbying Congress for reform of the tax laws
- a player who has lobbied hard to be included in the team’s starting lineup
- I lobbied our company for a new computer.
NEWT GINGRICH OWES AN APOLOGY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO THE MEDIA WHICH SHINES A BURNING LIGHT ON ISSUES THAT CONCERN OUR FUTURE
NEWT, YOU WILL RECALL WHAT SHAKESPEARE SAID ABOUT “A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME,” ETC.