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The Senate has now officially approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year. Senators approved the legislation on a 72 to 26 vote just minutes after invoking cloture by the same margin. Senators could have demanded up to 30 hours of debate following the cloture vote, but despite their complaints about Majority Leader Harry Reid's efforts to bring order to the Senate, Republicans chose not to fight.

The bill, which passed yesterday in the House with a 359 to 67 vote, will go to the president's desk for his signature and will prevent a government shutdown until at least next October. It's the counterpart to the budget deal passed by Congress last month. That measure established spending levels; this bill actually spends the money.

Although the bill is hardly a progressive dream, it does roll back some of the sequester's spending cuts and has generally been viewed as a defeat for tea party Republicans. A total of 63 of the 67 votes against the legislation in the House came from Republicans and in the Senate, all of the no votes came from Republicans.

It wasn't as dramatic as the vote to end the Republican shutdown last October, but it is interesting that in both chambers, more Democrats voted for the legislation than Republicans. That's not surprising in the Senate, because Democrats are in the majority, but it's notable that on the House side 193 Democrats voted in favor of the bill compared with 166 Republicans.

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  •  Now the debt ceiling (6+ / 0-)

    Will they now vote to not allow the government to spend the money that they themselves just allotted for it to spend?  Stay tuned!

  •  Wars of Choice (2+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA, wa ma

    All their related War Costs Still Not Paid For, where were those 'offsets' on the rubber stamping off the books with no bid contracts then, with extremely little for the veterans of!!

    And that wasn't the only rubber stamping going on, with no offsets!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:25:34 PM PST

  •  Well gosh! No wonder we couldn't afford to extend (5+ / 0-)
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    bear83, ryeland, Losty, JerryNA, OooSillyMe

    unemployment benefits!

    After spending $1.1 trillion, there wasn't any money left.

    I am real damned sure that every one of those long-term unemployed people who can't find work will be proud to know that going without little incidentals like food and clean clothing, sneaks for the kids, a home of their own, etc, made it possible for some unknown number of Ospreys to take to the air.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:28:26 PM PST

    •  might require (5+ / 0-)
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      Losty, rhonan, dinotrac, JerryNA, wa ma

      Democrats actually taking a stand and sticking with it and meaning it. Republicans didn't worry for a moment when Pelosi said in December that House Dems wouldn't support a budget agreement that didn't include an unemployment extension. Worthless talk...yet again.

      Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. -Joseph Pulitzer

      by ryeland on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:28:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why should Democrats stand with American workers? (1+ / 0-)
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        dinotrac

        They've helped rigged the game so we have little choice but hold our nose and vote for them. We see it all the time here when people people say we should vote for a bad Democrat instead of voting for someone we believe in, because a worse Republican might win. I've voted for Patty Murray every time she's run since she was elected to the Senate. After she threw me and the rest of the long-term unemployed under the bus in her deal with Ryan. I will never vote for her again. I won't even care if her Republican challenger is polling near her. She has made it clear that she is not a dedicated ally of working Americans, except when all that is expected is talk.

        Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

        by rhonan on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 05:39:14 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I'd say that's progress right there (1+ / 0-)
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    KJB Oregon

    The fever is breaking? Finally?

    Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

    by Gurnt on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:30:38 PM PST

  •  The Dems need to draft some election year (0+ / 0-)

    charts showing that they are the party of problem solving and moving forward, and the GOP is the party of stalling everything: the economy, jobs, immigration, etc.  But I suppose the GOP will claim that this rare instance of no debate and no grandstanding shows they are "dynamic".  Perhaps they were just dozing in preparation for their upcoming recess.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:33:09 PM PST

  •  YOU MEAN Elmer Fudd Has Spoken??? (0+ / 0-)

    who are the dickweeds voting for this... this, what? I'm not inebriated enough to fully express the nothingness of this utter buffoon...

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:53:12 PM PST

  •  Just goes to show you how many things could (4+ / 0-)
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    bear83, Losty, JerryNA, eagleray

    have passed the House if they had been allowed to come to the floor for a vote.

  •  Movement in the Judiciary Committee, too (3+ / 0-)
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    Losty, JerryNA, eagleray

    The committee approved 29 judges today, including 5 for Circuit Courts. All were left hanging at the end of the year when the GOP refused to have floor votes on them.

    I. Nominations

    Carolyn B. McHugh, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    John B. Owens, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Michelle T. Friedland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 14-3

    Nancy L. Moritz, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    David Jeremiah Barron, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 10-8

    Jeffrey Alker Meyer, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Timothy L. Brooks, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    James Donato, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Beth Labson Freeman, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Pamela L. Reeves, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Vince Girdhari Chhabria, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 13-5

    James Maxwell Moody, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kansas
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Matthew Frederick Leitman, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Judith Ellen Levy, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Laurie J. Michelson, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Linda Vivienne Parker, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 14-3

    Christopher Reid Cooper, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    M. Douglas Harpool, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 12-5

    Edward G. Smith, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Sheryl H. Lipman, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Stanley Allen Bastian, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Manish S. Shah, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Daniel D. Crabtree, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Cynthia Ann Bashant, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District California
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Jon David Levy, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 15-2

    Theodore David Chuang, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 10-8

    George Jarrod Hazel, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland
    Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

    Peter Joseph Kadzik, to be an Assistant Attorney General
    Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 12-6

    http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:17:20 PM PST

  •  And why (0+ / 0-)

    didn't Senate Democrats simply refuse to vote for the appropriations bill unless and until unemployment benefits were passed? Accompanied by every elected Democrat in DC hustling in front of a camera to explain that Republicans had forced a goverment shutdown in order to deny unemployment benefits. Dem could fight for it LIKE THEY MEAN IT. You know, the way Republicans do things.

    But no, just keep bringing a knife to a gunfight, Democrats.

    Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. -Joseph Pulitzer

    by ryeland on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:24:42 PM PST

  •  We Are Suffering, Those of Us Under the Bus. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm going to have to thank my Democratic Senators and Representative, for so bravely throwing us long-term unemployed under the bus, so that they can better position themselves for November. What happened to the promise that no budge would pass without restoring EUC? Nancy Pelosi should resign. I know the only way in hell I will vote for my Rep. (Jim McDermott) in November is if he pledges to oppose Pelosi for Speaker, if the Democrats regain a majority. If I even vote for him at all. Maybe Seattle is ready to send a Socialist to DC, now that we have one on the City Council.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 05:52:08 PM PST

  •  Meanwhile, back at the ranch. (0+ / 0-)

    Orrin Hatch and Dave Camp, both Republicans and Max Baucas Democrat, have produced a bill that would allow for the TPP and the trade pact with the European Union to be fast tracked. I think this is good. We should send our factories  to other countries whose citizens will line up for blocks to get these jobs and become so fucking enamored of them, that they completely go out of their minds with joy and heave themselves out of the windows in an effort to fly. Just like in Peter Pan. WSJ said potus was happy with the progress of this bill. Bend me over the table, stick an apple in my mouth so as to stifle a scream while my ass gets pounded from our elected SERVANTS.

  •  so the Hastert rule is more of a guideline? (0+ / 0-)

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