Senate passes a continuing resolution through September

posted at 6:01 pm on March 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

So… that’s exciting, I guess.

Senators voted 73 to 26 to approve the bipartisan budget legislation, which provides just over $1 trillion in budget authority, a level of spending which reflects the spending cuts stipulated by the budget sequester that took effect at the beginning of March.

Consideration of this Senate bill – known as a “continuing resolution,” or “CR” – had stalled in recent weeks due to objections from conservative Republicans who said they wanted to read the bill and offer amendments. Democrats finally struck an agreement with Republicans on those amendments on Wednesday, allowing a final vote on passing the spending package to move forward.

The legislation now heads to the Republican-controlled House, which could take up the bill as soon as Thursday. Though the GOP had already passed its own version of the CR from the House, indications point toward passage of the Senate version.

The legislation will fund the United States through the end of September, instead of the current March 27 deadline, granted the House’s and then the president’s approval. There’s been some speculation that the House could and should escalate the continuing resolution into a now-familiar standoff situation over deeper spending cuts and/or defunding ObamaCare, but it sounds like most members are pretty much okay with this approach and that they’re taking both the sequestration cuts and the lack of new taxes as a win for now.

Next stop, budgeting. Yay.

Passage allowed the upper chamber to immediately pivot to the budget offered by Senate Democrats, which, if approved, would be the first Senate budget in four years. Dozens of amendments are expected to be considered, but by moving to the budget on Wednesday, the Senate has a shot of completing its work before the weekend. …

Reid threatens to keep the Senate in session on the weekend, but rarely follows through. However, the threats this week were seen as realistic given his determination to not go into the recess without a budget. House Republicans are set to approve their budget Thursday, and Reid wanted to avoid a scenario where Democrats would be without a budget for a two-week recess.

ZOMG, Reid wanted to avoid a scenario in which Democrats would be without a budget, for any length of time, even if it is a budget that raises taxes and does nothing to address our out-of-control spending habits? My, that’s just so impressively fiscally responsible of him.


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Let It Burn, House GOP.

cdog0613 on March 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

F*** the CRs. Excuse my French.

Paul-Cincy on March 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Never put off today what you can put off tomorrow….

Much like the procrastination on Fast & Furious and Benghazi the GOP fossils are willing to keep kicking the can down the road no matter the tyranny, destruction and body count the Hoodlum King and JustUs henchmen will foist upon the peasants.

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Though the GOP had already passed its own version of the CR from the House, indications point toward passage of the Senate version.

WTF Edith, conference committee no longer exists? Apparently not, if Big storm sandy was any indication.

arnold ziffel on March 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

ZOMG, Reid wanted to avoid a scenario in which Democrats would be without a budget, for any length of time, even if it is a budget that raises taxes and does nothing to address our out-of-control spending habits?

At this point, what difference does it make?

None of these people are in any way interested in being fiscally responsible. Not when they can demonize each other and try to take each other down.

Lily on March 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Let’s stop the madness. Continuing Resolutions do nothing but perpetuate the problem. Let the government feel some pain and have to take pay cuts, lay-offs, and budget cuts until the economic crisis is over.

This is just like the banks…as long as they get bailed out for failed management and criminal activities, they will continue their crimes. Stop the government while there is still a tiny bit of hope left.

xmanvietnam on March 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Yes. We’re broke. We’re living on credit.Every single ‘budget’ negotiation is a CRISIS.

So… OBVIOUSLY this is the time to make an exception to the law… rewrite the law in fact… to accommodate 11-20 million illegal aliens and put them on our health and welfare programs.

Let’s not mention the fact that we have 22 million American citizens and LEGAL immigrants currently unemployed or underemployed.

Let’s not discuss the inconvenient fact that even as we begin to discuss ‘reining in’ our entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare in particular, our political class moves to make a law that will add MILLIONS of currently illegal aliens to those roles, which will bring swell those programs and their cost to historic highs… just as the crisis really begins to bite.

thatsafactjack on March 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

While I am no more fond of CRs than anyone else, I would like to point out that, if it goes to the end of September, that it covers until the end of the FY. If we can get a FY2014 budget passed, it would mark the return to regular FY budget order.

Scott H on March 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Demoncrites better hope the Rs never ever get a majority again.

(and the NRSC does everything they can do to oblige)

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Why is Obowmacare still being funded….?

… For that matter, why is the State Department, the CIA, and the Justice Department getting a single $0.10 until the those responsible for Benghazi and Fast and Furious are finally brought to justice?

I think it’s also time to reign in the EPA, the NEA, the Energy Department, HUD, Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, the STIMULUS, and about a Trillion other dollars of wasteful spending and out of control bureaucracies that are destroying this Country…

… What the fu%k are they waiting for?!

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

We haven’t had a budget in close to five years now. Giving Ogabe another six-month pass will hardly encourage the regime to change its ways. In September the perfumed princes of the senate will be crafting yet another postponement of responsibility.

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So the GOP now approves of Obamacare, trillion dollars per year deficits, and every wasteful fed program that exists.

And the GOP thinks we should continue to reauthorize the 800 billion dollars per year stimulus.

Yes, boys and girls, that is what a CR does. Unless it specifically and explicitly states that it does not re-authorize those things.

platypus on March 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Banana Republic…

celt on March 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

…fluking kicking the can down the road for 5 years now!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The senate solution to heroin addiction is more heroin. Yay!!

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

…GET RID OF THEM ALL!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM

While I am no more fond of CRs than anyone else, I would like to point out that, if it goes to the end of September, that it covers until the end of the FY. If we can get a FY2014 budget passed, it would mark the return to regular FY budget order.

Scott H on March 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I’m sure that will make the difference in the morale of those who have been furloughed or outright lost their jobs because of sequestration.

For FY14, the key is going to be what the baseline is and if entitlement cuts are on the table. I’d like to be optimistic but this is just a few more months of fearmongering by the rat-eared devil and his minions like the Marine Hating Harry Reid.

In short, this isn’t about FY14 it is about the FY14 elections.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Demoncrites better hope the Rs never ever get a majority again.

(and the NRSC does everything they can do to oblige)

FlaMurph

I suspect that’s not going to be a problem for a long, long time.

xblade on March 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

The Republican Party isn’t called the “Bend Over Party” for nothing.

RADIOONE on March 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Any continuing resolution from the very beginning should have held spending at current levels of the last passed budget leaving out special items like TARP etc. The reason the dems didn’t want to do a budget is that spending keeps increasing and increasing. Reid would have passed a budget 4 years ago if spending was froze at 2008 levels.

Corsair on March 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Are we allowed to throw our shoes at ‘em?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Dear Harry,

You’re a coward, along with the rest of the Senate that voted for this. Where’s a real budget?

Signed,
An Angry Taxpayer

sadatoni on March 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

So the GOP now approves of Obamacare, trillion dollars per year deficits, and every wasteful fed program that exists.

And the GOP thinks we should continue to reauthorize the 800 billion dollars per year stimulus.

Yes, boys and girls, that is what a CR does. Unless it specifically and explicitly states that it does not re-authorize those things.

platypus on March 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Meet the new GOP.

Same as the old DNC.

Really why do they not just join the other Party they sure make sure the DNC gets to spend all the money they want with no problem getting it.

Now we know all that bellyaching over the Sequester was just a snow job because this CR proves the DNC gets what it wants.

Steveangell on March 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Sure, who wouldn’t want to continue the clusterfark we’ve been living over the last six years?

cthulhu on March 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

FY 2009 spending included the second half of TARP, Porkulus, Cash for Clunkers, 2009 First-Time Homebuyer’s Tax Credits that did not have to be repaid, etc.

The FY 2009 deficit was a jaw-dropping, record-setting $1.413 Trillion deficit, which was a full $1 Trillion bigger than the largest deficit ever experienced from a Republican House and Senate (FY 2004, which had a deficit of $413 Billion).

The FY 2009 budget was:
1) Passed by the Nancy Pelosi-led Democrat majority House of Representatives
2) Passed by the Harry Reid-led Democrat majority Senate
3) Signed by Democrat pResident Barack Obama

Yet Democrats have:
1) Falsely blamed all FY 2009 spending on Bush
2) Not passed a budget since FY 2009
3) Used Continuing Resolutions to continue spending AT FY 2009′s outrageously inflated levles
4) Effectively turned what were supposed to be “one time” expenditures in FY 2009 (TARP, Porkulus, Cash for Clunkers, etc.) into BASELINE SPENDING EACH AND EVERY YEAR!

And try to trim just a fraction from the increase to that baseline (i.e. the sequester which has no real cuts but just decreases in the amount of increases to the inflated baseline) and the Democrats go batsh-t crazy!

ITguy on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

New post up…

House rejects Senate Democrats’ budget, with the help of 35 Democrats

Mar 20, 2013 9:21 PM by Mary Katharine Ham

ITguy on March 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

US Government lessons in economics: 1)decide and approve the amount of money you wish to spend. 2) give authority to spend that amount 3) possibly consider actually producing a budget to justify that previous amount you’ve agreed to spend.

It’s like a family deciding to spend $50,000 for the year. Eventually they get around to finding they really only need to spend $20,000 and they only have incoming revenues of $30,000 but they’ll spend the $50,000 anyhow because that’s what they decided to do.

katablog.com on March 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Seems like there is a major shift in funding subtely imbedded into this CR. In reading thru the ammendments inserted by the Senate, much of the funding allocations were extended into 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018. There may be more years but I only read thru a few dozen pages.

Now where this gets real ‘fuzzy’ to me is in terms of debt ceiling increases. Does Obama signing this CR, which has spending for several years included in it, increase the debt ceiling by those multi-year amounts under the lovely deal that Boehner and the Dems passed in Jan?

I have seen NOTHING from the CBO regarding the scoring of this bill, and Boehner just rammed it thru the house without the 72 hours he claimed there would be for bills to reach the house floor.

With this now being the 5th time this year that Boehner has violated his statement of 72hrs to read a bill, it is clearly no longer his policy regardless of what ever claim he may otherwise make.

Freddy on March 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM