Top Leaderboard, Site wide
September 2, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates


Satellite Mapping Shows Ice Caps’ Faster Melt Rate






Truthdig Bazaar
Backroom Politics

Backroom Politics

By Bill and Nancy Boyarsky
$101.88

more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Budget Bill Gets House’s Vote

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Apr 14, 2011
Flickr / House GOP Leader (CC-BY)

House Speaker John Boehner, pictured here in a previous press huddle, managed to shepherd the budget bill through the House, but nobody seems really thrilled with the result.

Is this what bipartisan harmony looks like? Probably not, and considering the end product—a compromised budget bill—this kind of cooperation might not be desirable. That said, the House passed the bill Thursday that had brought the legislative process to a crisis last week, but nobody seems too excited about it.  —KA

The New York Times:

After the vote on the budget measure, the House moved on to votes on two measures — one that would deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood and another to roll back the 2009 health care overhaul. Both are expected to pass overwhelmingly in the House, but fail in the Senate.

Early in the debate over the bill, Mr. Boehner took to the House floor to defend it and encourage its passage. “Is it perfect? No,” he said. “I’d be the first to admit it’s flawed. But welcome to divided government.”

Democratic leaders were equally unenthusiastic.

“The priorities that we have agreed to in this resolution are not my priorities,” said Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the whip for the Democrats. “But we have reached an agreement.”

The measure, the product of negotiations among the White House, House Republicans and Senate Democrats to end a standoff that nearly led to a government shutdown, presaged the larger battles still ahead.

Read more

 

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By TDoff, April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment

Immediately after concluding the Budget Bill fiasco, members of the house settled down to some serious business, a matter of self-protection for republican Congressfolk. They are preparing legislation to make it a Federal Felony for US citizens to urinate on Representatives and/or Senators of the republican faith.
It has not received much media attention, but apparently numerous incidents have occurred when (R) members of Congress have made public appearances, and found that constituents have, sometimes surreptitiously, peed on and in the (R) member’s shoes.
This not only happens when democratic citizens are in attendance, but occurs even more frequently, lately, at Tea Party gatherings.
(If you wonder how someone could surreptitiously urinate in someone else’s shoes, remember that many (R) members of Congress habitually pee in their own shoes, so they are acclimated to soggy socks and shoes).
So, happy pee-ers, be warned. Your Congressfolk DO take SOME things seriously.

Report this
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.