Budget Approved But No Peace: Boehner Raps Right
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.
The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to Obama for his signature.
The package was drafted by a congressional odd couple of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Wisconsin Republican and Washington Democrat found enough compromise to ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month.
Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative activists.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll meet with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell to discuss whether they can speed things up in the Senate and move on a budget agreement and a defense policy bill more quickly.
Reid said on the Senate floor Friday morning that the Senate has received the bipartisan budget agreement that the House easily approved on Thursday night and says the Senate will soon receive a defense policy bill from the House. He says both bills are priorities for the Senate.
But Reid says absent consent from Republicans those bills will have to wait until after a series of confirmation votes on presidential nominees, including Jeh (jay) Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Those votes are currently scheduled to run into Saturday night.
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