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Budget Bill Likely to Pass, Despite Unease on Both Sides

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 07:10 AM

A vote on the $1.1 trillion budget to carry the government into 2015, which Republican leaders hope to pull off Thursday, will likely not have the backing of 50 to 60 conservatives angered over President Barack Obama's use of executive orders, The Hill reported.

House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders are optimistic they will have enough Republican and Democratic support to pass a bipartisan budget.

The White House, while not endorsing the budget outright— that would only alienate more Republicans, has been by and large supportive even though money for first lady Michelle Obama's school nutrition program took a hit, according to the Hill.

The conservative Drudge report headlined a Washington Post synopsis of the budget as a "Republican betrayal" and emphasized that the Affordable Care Act would be fully funded as would the president's executive orders on immigration.

The administration's policy on illegal immigrants, seen as an amnesty by conservatives, would be funded until Feb. 27. Much of the rest of the government would be funded through Sept. 30, 2015 — which means that the incoming Congress, in which the GOP will control the House by a bigger margin and re-take the Senate, will be saddled with paying for controversial policies conservatives vehemently oppose, CNS reported.

"To provide funding for something that I believe is unconstitutional is a violation of my oath," said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Arizona, the Hill reported.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma sees it differently: "Why in the world would you pick a bar fight three weeks before the end of the year, when your buddies are coming on Jan. 1?" The New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, Democratic support is not assured until Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes clear her intentions. She says Democrats are very concerned about riders that lessen financial regulation of banks under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and that raise the ceiling of individual contributions to political parties to $777,000 from $97,200, the Times reported.

"If Speaker Boehner isn't willing to take out the onerous provisions to Democrats, then we wake up tomorrow not knowing how much longer the government will be funded tomorrow night," said New York Rep. Steve Israel, a member of House Democratic leadership.

"He cannot ask Democrats to put a bill over the top when it includes provisions that Democrats do not like," The Wall Street Journal reported.

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A vote on the $1.1 trillion budget to carry the government into 2015, which Republican leaders hope to pull off Thursday, will likely not have the backing of 50 to 60 conservatives angered over President Obama's executive orders, and Democrats are unhappy with some riders, reports say.
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