jaredsxtn Wrote: For the first time since 2009, the United States Congress has done its job and passed a Federal Budget. The agreement attracted nine Republicans in the Senate, but the low number was expected. Democrats easily had the 51 votes to pass the budget, which gave Republicans the ability to vote against it without being accused of thwarting the passage of the first compromise budget in a half decade.
Republicans have hammered Democrats for not passing a budget for multiple years, and some of their arguments did have validity to them. The left couldn't agree on a multitude of things when they were in the majority in both houses and the Republicans weren't about to help them at all. With most of the conservative Democrats long gone, they are finally beginning to speak in a unified voice.
I will be the first to admit that I do not like this budget compromise very much, but it is something that had to be done if we were to begin to move on from the seemingly endless fiscal battles that have hamstrung Obama's presidency. I feel it gives far too much to the right without getting many Democratic priorities in return. The military is getting more money and an unemployment benefit extension was not included. It upsets me that we continue to shell out billions upon billions to our military while cutting funding that will help average citizens survive. On the other hand, the sequestration cuts have already wreaked a heavy toll on the poor and not passing a budget would have kept those devastating cuts ad infinitum.
What does everyone think of today's vote? Is it a good thing that we have finally passed a Federal Budget or would it have been better to have no agreement at all?
Carlitos Wrote: A Continuing Resolution is a budget.
They haven't passed an omnibus budget bill.
If there were no budget, how could federal agencies spend anything?
progressiveconnie Wrote: This budget guarantees that the rich will get richer and the poor poorer and proves America is no longer a Republic but a lawless, corrupt, fascist, warmongering oligarchic plutocracy.