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April 14, 2011

House Passes Budget Deal CR, With Democratic Votes Needed To Make a Majority

It passed 260-167, with 59 Republicans voting against it, but 81 Democrats voting for it. 108 Democrats voted no.

Boehner isn't celebrating the not-very-good deal:

"Is it perfect? No. I'd be the first one to admit that it's flawed," Boehner said. "Well, welcome to divided government."

Boehner said he wishes more cuts could have been achieved, and hinted that more would be coming. "Does it cut enough? No. Do I wish it cut more? Absolutely. And do we need to cut more? Absolutely."

He'd better internalize that message and not just feed us soup.

Democrats spun it as a partial victory and/or sign the Republicans aren't very serious about budget cutting -- which is, of course, not really spin so much as a plausible read of the situation.

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Only a handful of Democrats spoke out against the deal, and many more welcomed the ability of Republicans to back away from steeper cuts in H.R. 1, the House-passed spending bill that would have cut $61 billion from FY 2010 instead of the nearly $40 billion agreed to last week.

"It also shows that they're not wedded to H.R. 1," said Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.). "The message goes out that they make adjustments."

The message needs to go out they need to make adjustments the other way.



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