The Budget Deal – No Winners or Losers?

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A deal has been reached. The planned parenthood, NPR, and Obamacare defunding have been taken out of the mix, but the Senate Democrats have agreed to bring both before the Senate for a vote. The chance of it passing the Senate are almost nil but it will force Senators to take a stand that can be discussed during the election year.

A rider reducing IRS spending on Obamacare is included as is an audit of the Obamacare waivers. Since the fiscal year is half over, the cuts represent double what you see. Boehner said it was the best they could do. Members rallied around him in a show of support after a very grueling, tension-filled week. It brought the indomitable Marsha Blackburn to tears of support. Both sides claimed victory. Republicans chose to not get lost in the mire of social issues which would have caused a government shutdown. HuffPo OpEd pieces screamed that the rich were never touched and the cuts were to decide which programs for the poor would be attacked, ignoring the reality that cuts were across the board and aimed at duplicated programs for the poor.

“…both chambers passed a stopgap to keep the government funded until the middle of next week. The short-term measure would cut $2 billion from the budget, the first of the $78.5 billion in total cuts.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) claimed victory in a brief press conference before the midnight deadline…”

Obama, in a televised address Friday night, also praised the deal while acknowledging that some of the cuts he agreed to will be “painful.”

The deal cuts a total of $37.7 billion from current spending levels over the next six months. Of that total, $17.8 billion came from mandatory spending programs, including $2.5 billion in House transportation spending, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with the deal. knocked off most of the controversial policy riders that House Republicans had included in H.R. 1, the package of spending cuts that passed in February. ” Read more here: The Hill

The Daily Caller stated the following:

Other riders included in the deal include lower funding for the IRS to implement Obamacare and a series of studies that will examine the law’s impacts in more detail. One provision provides for a “full audit” of the Obamacare waivers provided to companies and unions.

For the deal to become final, both the House and Senate will need to pass a bill reflecting its contents and President Obama will have to sign the legislation.Read more:The Daily Caller and The NY Times

“Anti-abortion lawmakers succeeded in winning a provision to ban the use of federal or local government funds to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia.

One of Boehner’s priorities, a program that lets District of Columbia students use federally funded vouchers to attend private schools, was included.

In addition, the Senate will vote on proposals to deny federal funding to implement the year-old health care law. It is certain to fall short of the required 60 votes but will place Democrats on the record.” Read here: HuffPo

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