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2 hrs ago | Seattle Times
The solution to our Boeing crisis was just unveiled in the unlikeliest of places: a cradle of dysfunction where solutions usually go to die.
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Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.
The deal passed a crucial test Tuesday, when the Senate agreed 67-33 to limit debate.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he "can't imagine" that Republicans would agree to a clean debt limit increase, even though the past two hikes have come without commensurate cuts.
The two-year bipartisan budget agreement, worked out by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, easily cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate and appears assured of passage.
In a dizzying legislative dance, the U.S. Senate completed the vote to conduct a vote later on what the House has already voted on, as reported by CBS News on Dec. 17, 2013.
The Washington D.C. federal budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray illustrates the unreality by which the Ruling Class in our nation's capital operates along with the so-called mainstream media that "reports" the news from the same distorted view of unreality .
Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., walk together as they head a news conference to announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
The 2-year budget deal heads to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, and leaders say 8 GOP members must cross over in order to assure passage.
On Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan argued that the budget deal he cut with Sen. Patty Murray was a political win for Republicans because it avoided the possibility of another government shutdown, thereby keeping focus supposedly on Obamacare before the 2014 election cycle.
The original budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan , left, and Sen. Patty Murray calls for reducing annual cost-of-living increases in retiree pay or some who served in the military.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gestures as he walks through a basement corridor on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, after working out a budget deal with Sen. Patty Murray of Washington to avert a government shutdown in January.
After over four years of failing to achieve a conference agreement on a federal budget blueprint, the chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committee achieved what many thought impossible only a few weeks ago.
Our political system has fallen so low that just doing the minimum amount required to be a functional government is seen as a victory.
Lobbyists are reportedly "pumping their fists" over House Speaker John Boehner's declaration of war against the Tea Party last week.