Dec 13, 2013 12:25 PM by David Randall
WASHINGTON - The bipartisan budget bill is one step closer to becoming law this morning after passing the house last night.
The house set the standard last night; they put aside politics and overwhelmingly passed this bill. Now the question is when the senate will fall in line.
It was rare show of teamwork in the House as lawmakers easily passed the two year budget deal. "It's not perfect, but it's a start, that's how it works in divided government," said Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wisconsin.
The White House called it an "important moment of bipartisan cooperation."
In his last press conference of the year, House Speaker John Boehner attacked the conservative groups who opposed the plan and tried to convince Tea Party members to do the same. "You know, when you criticize something and you have NO IDEA what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
The two year agreement reduces the deficit by up to 23 billion dollars and reverses some of the automatic spending cuts from earlier this year.
Now, it's passage depends on the Senate. "And I'm hopeful that we can keep that momentum going. I think it is an important step forward." Senator Patty Murray, (D) Washington.
But for now progress is on hold.
A power struggle over the President's nominees has forced the Senate into a marathon session that will likely occupy them into Saturday. "I can't wave a magic wand and heal hurt feelings, but I can appeal to my colleagues to be reasonable and work with us," said Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, (D-NV).
And time is tight to finish the job.
The bill is expected to pass the Senate by sometime next week, but the vote will be much closer than it was in the House.
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