Congress has a Budget Deal. What’s it all about?

This was Boehner’s last Hurrah as the House Speaker and member. Boehner and Senate Leader McConnell huddled to try to get a Budget passed. Here’s what they had to deal with:

From the NYTimes: Budget Deal Isn’t Boehner’s ‘Grand Bargain’ but Gets Job Done

The agreement, negotiated in secret by top congressional and White House aides, is a recognition by Mr. Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, that they were staring into a fiscal and political abyss.

With just days remaining before the Treasury Department estimated it would run short of cash to pay the federal government’s obligations, the two leaders of the House and Senate majorities had no clear path toward raising the federal debt limit. Many House Republicans and some in the Senate refuse to vote for any increase in federal borrowing power no matter the dire circumstances. Support for a debt-limit increase has become a sure ticket to a primary challenge from the right for many of them.

But Mr. McConnell has repeatedly promised no default. And he and Mr. Boehner, with their ties to high-ranking allies in the business and financial worlds, knew that failure to head off a threat to the government’s creditworthiness could boomerang badly on Republicans just one year from Election Day.

So the Right Wing of the Republican Party was fighting this deal the whole time. But the Very Right Wing was going against the Business and Financial “world” so McConnell and Boehner knew that this RW thinking would hurt the Republican Party.

So what’s in the Budget? Lets take a look….

From Yahoo News: White House, Congress reach tentative budget deal

Under the plan, the higher borrowing authority would be in effect until March 2017.

In addition, 58 million barrels of oil from U.S. emergency reserves held at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would be sold over six years, starting in fiscal 2018, to help pay for the additional spending over two years, according to a copy of the bill posted to a congressional website.

If successful, the agreement would mark a final act for Boehner to clear some politically divisive legislation as Ryan takes over as speaker – assuming the Wisconsin lawmaker gets a majority of the House votes in an election set for Thursday that would win him the top job.

Central to the pact is the easing of across-the-board budget caps which would allow an additional $80 billion in spending over two years, split evenly between military and domestic programs. About $50 billion in added spending would come in fiscal 2016, which started on Oct. 1, and $30 billion would be added to the fiscal 2017 budget.

“The bipartisan budget package unveiled last night represents real progress for hard-working families across the country,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

Boehner said he was “clearing the deck” before Ryan takes over but here’s what Ryan had to say about it from the above linked article:

Republican Representative Paul Ryan, who is expected to be elected to the top House job of speaker on Thursday, replacing the retiring Boehner, told reporters he was reserving judgment on the agreement until he reviewed its details.

And in a nod to rebellious fellow Republicans who are clamoring for changes in the way the Republican-controlled House is run, Ryan added, “I think this process stinks,” hinting that “under new management” work will get done well before deadlines.

What do you think?

908 thoughts on “Congress has a Budget Deal. What’s it all about?”

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    Here’s some info on what Mirella and I were talking about that is happening in France and Europe….

    BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld 54m54 minutes ago

    Not just Le Pen: Political change is sweeping Europe, @BBCGavinHewitt says


    The success of Marine Le Pen and the National Front (FN) in France underlines the shifting plates of European politics.

    She is far right, anti-Europe and anti-immigration, but many of those who voted for her once voted for the Communists and the Socialists.

    She has attempted to reinvent the FN as the party of the voiceless, the left-behind and the angry.

    She offers to protect workers’ jobs from globalisation and to defend French identity. Her appeal is to a working class that feels disenfranchised.

    The centre-right or the conservative right wants to take and hold the middle ground.

    In Germany, Angela Merkel is not just in coalition with the Social Democrats – she has also moved to the left.

    She agreed to an increase in the minimum wage and, much to the shock of many of her traditional supporters, has welcomed nearly a million refugees.

    She is the leader of the European mainstream.

    She often declares: “Germany is our homeland. Europe is our future.”

    She stands for fiscal discipline and a strong Europe built on solidarity. Isolation is no solution in the 21st Century, she likes to say.

    Yet a recent poll found that 48% of Germans do not want her to stay as Chancellor, because of the migrant crisis.

    In the modern politics, authority can evaporate swiftly.
    Rebranded message

    In the UK, the Conservatives are out to shrink the state; total public spending is set to fall to 36.4% of national income. And yet, here too, the party is rebranding itself.

    The Chancellor, George Osborne, says: “We are now the party of work, the only true party of labour.”

    He knows that allowing prosperity to trickle down is not enough and plans to raise a National Living Wage to £9 by 2020.

    The Conservatives base their appeal on management of the economy.

    In these times, the traditional centre-left is struggling.

    Peter Mandelson, the former Labour politician and EU commissioner, defined his message in the 1990s as one of social justice and economic efficiency.

    But he points out that the “nature of power is shifting, and social democratic parties face a bleak future if we do not come to terms with the shift that is under way.”

    Adjusting to the shift has not been easy. In Italy, the centre-left under Matteo Renzi is pre-occupied with reforming the Italian state, its political culture, its legal system and its economy.
    Timid reforms

    In France, under President Hollande, the Socialists have been timid.

    They have failed to bring down unemployment or deliver a truly flexible labour market.

    The French president has been unwilling to challenge a country nostalgic for what is loosely called the French way of life.

    Yet there is widespread agreement that the centre-left has to change and rediscover its message, for in the new politics it is being squeezed by a range of anti-establishment politicians. [more]

    Read it all if you have a chance because this will effect the way the future is shaped in our world.

    But the democracies have not found an answer to the globalised world.

    It is an era marked by events that emphasise the powerlessness of those in power – migration, terrorism, the force of change driven by technology.

    The mainstream parties are weakened.

    It is open season for the Trumps and Le Pens who declare they speak for the people.

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    Arabian Business has reported that the regional retail powerhouse Landmark Group has stopped selling Trump’s products in over 160 stores from Libya to Pakistan.

    The Dubai-based firm signed a deal in February this year to sell items from the Trump Home collection to customers in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through its Lifestyle outlets. However, the group said on Tuesday it would now remove all products from its shelves. “As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers. In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range.”

    Khalaf al-Habtoor, the owner of the United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, told the Associated Press that he has rescinded his previous support for Trump and is furious at the mogul for his disgusting statements:

    “If he comes to my office, I will not let him in. I reject him. Maybe we can meet somewhere where I can debate with him in a very civilized way, not in the way he approaches people. When he was talking about Muslims, attacking them … I had to admit I made a mistake in my supporting Mr. Trump. He is creating a hatred between Muslims and the United States of America. Extremists like ISIS will thank Mr. Trump for his comments — this is very dangerous what he is doing to the United States when strength is partnered with ignorance and deceit, it produces a toxic mix threatening the United States and our world.”

    He ended his interview by endorsing Hillary Clinton instead. [more]

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    micah (Micah Cohen, deputy editor, politics): A Monmouth survey came out yesterday showing Ted Cruz leading in Iowa — the first poll to show Cruz atop the GOP heap there. And overall, Cruz has crept into second place in the RealClearPolitics Iowa aggregate. So let’s break down the current state of play in Iowa and New Hampshire. To get us going: What happens if Cruz wins Iowa? Let’s say the Monmouth survey is dead on, and Cruz finishes first, Donald Trump second, Marco Rubio third and Ben Carson fourth. How do the dominoes fall?

    harry (Harry Enten, senior political writer): First off, I think the Monmouth poll is a very good sign for Cruz. I’ve written about Cruz’s potential strength before, and a win in Iowa would put him on the national map. Further, unlike past Iowa winners such as Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, Cruz’s numbers in New Hampshire are not terrible relative to the non-Trump candidates. It’s conceivable that Cruz could launch out of Iowa and not get tripped up in New Hampshire.

    micah: He could win New Hampshire? He’s not really the type of candidate that typically wins New Hampshire, though, right?

    natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): The tricky thing is that the bounce a candidate gets out of Iowa depends as much on the media’s expectations as how well he or she performs in an absolute sense. So, hypothetically, if Cruz is polling at 33 percent by the time we get to the caucuses, and he wins Iowa but with 23 percent of the vote instead, he might not get much of a bounce.

    Leaving that aside, I don’t think a win in New Hampshire would be completely off the table for Cruz. [more]

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    He said he may have been injured at the hands of a Muslim, but listed the number of Muslims who had since helped him in his recovery [more]

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    Brian Beutler has a good piece about the liberal reaction to Trumpism — which is that the phenomenon

    was neither unexpected nor the source of any new or profound lesson.

    But I think he casts it a bit too narrowly. The basic liberal diagnosis of modern conservatism has long been that it was a plutocratic movement that won elections by appealing to the racism and general anger-at-the-other of whites; there’s nothing too surprising about an election in which the establishment candidates continue to serve plutocracy while the base turns to candidates who drop the euphemisms while going straight to the racism and xenophobia.

    Beutler says that

    The only people who claim to be befuddled by the Trump phenomenon are officials on knife-edge in the party he leads.


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    The Supreme Court re-hears Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas today. Fisher, who is a white woman, claims that she was denied admission to UT because of her race. If the High Court rules in her favor, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin will shake affirmative-action policy to its core and could knock the 14th Amendment askew in the process.

    To recap: Fisher applied to the University of Texas Austin twice, once through its fall 2008 cycle and again through a provisional summer program. According to court documents, 49 students with lower scores and grades than Fisher were offered provisional admission to UT through the summer program. Only five of those arguably under-qualified students were black or Hispanic; the other 42 were white.

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    Check out the arrogant look on her face…..

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    Luckovich Cartoon…

  16. Robert Reich
    39 mins ·

    Today, the Senate Special Committee on Aging took a close look at why the prices of certain generic drugs have soared. Many were acquired through merger or acquisition. For example, When Martin Shkreli (below), the former hedge-fund manager who became CEO of Turing Phamaceuticals, bought the maker of a 62-year-old drug called Daraprim (used to treat a parasitic infection), he promptly raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. Shkreli did the same thing in his prior company, raising the price of Thiola, used to treat a disease that causes kidney stones, from $1.50 to $30 a pill.

    Shkreli dismisses critics by saying his duty isn’t to consumers but to his investors, and that the high prices allow him to develop new medicines for debilitating illnesses. Baloney. If Shkreli wants to develop new drugs, the money should come from investors, not from existing patients who rely on older generic drugs. And if he’s able to raise prices on such older drugs to such an extent, he’s guilty of monopolizing a market – and antitrust authorities should break up his monopoly.

    What do you think?

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    Antonin Scalia retire bitch

  17. Trump Campaign Officially Designated As Hate Group By Southern Poverty Law Center

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has officially designated Donald Trump and his campaign as a hate group. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that “…have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

    The presidential candidate’s most recent example of hate speech is his call to ban all Muslims from entering the US despite their country of origin or status. Under his policy even tourist would be denied entrance based solely on their religious belief. How he would enforce this is unclear. How can you identify a person’s religion by merely looking at them? Perhaps, he would just instruct the TSA and border guards to just turn away all brown people.

    He has also called for all Muslims to be forced to wear some sort of identification that would make their religious affiliation easily visible to others.

    Let’s not forget his issues with Mexico as well. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” [more]

  18. toniD
    December 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm
    Lady Parts Justice ‏@LadyPJustice Dec 5

    Abortion terrorist Robert Lewis Dear once tried to GLUE a Planned Parenthood’s office doors shut. #standwithpp

    I suppose it is marginally less crazy than trying to K-Y Jelly the sidewalks.

  19. Yes that Danny DeVito…..

    Danny DeVito Verified account @DannyDeVito

    Antonin Scalia retire bitch

    or just go off and die. this man has lived well beyond his expiration date

  20. Dean Obeidallah ‏@Deanofcomedy 20h20 hours ago

    The hate that Trump has stoked will be with us long after he loses. That hate will be Trump’s legacy

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 3h3 hours ago

    Greg Sargent Retweeted Jonathan Chait

    Good read. Also note subtle ways in which Cruz is sidling up to Trump’s Islamophobia:

    The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 4h4 hours ago

    England Not Alone as Some in Israel Want Trump Banned from Upcoming Visit … #UniteBlue

    [MSNBC news reporting that Trump cancelled his trip to Israel and Jordan. He made some excuse that he’s campaigning now and he’ll visit when he is President. I think he’s afraid to travel there now because someone may shoot him.]

    The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 4h4 hours ago

    RT: Decades In The Making > #DonaldTrump And #TedCruz – Death Of The Republican Party. #Hate #Bigotry… #UniteBlue

  21. this one toni

    Trump Campaign Officially Designated As Hate Group By Southern Poverty Law Center

    I learnt it by reading through the comments

  22. @mirella:

    The banner at the top of the page “News That’s Almost Reliable” is a big hint, as is the site navigation bar at the top of the page which includes a “Satire Disclaimer” tab.

    Freewoodpost is one of those sites that causes Vernon to throw stuff at other stuff.

  23. Robert Reich
    24 mins ·

    Today President Obama signed into law a new authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It wisely retreats from excessive high-stakes testing. But it doesn’t require states to overcome large and growing inequities in school funding between rich and poor districts.

    Put together two facts — that Americans are segregating by income more than ever, and that an average of 45% of school funding comes from local property taxes — and you see why millions of poor kids are being shortchanged teachers, staff, and resources. The United States is the only developed nation that spends less per pupil educating poor children than wealthy ones.

    Getting away from excessive testing is fine. Now it’s time to push states to fund equal educational opportunity and high-quality early education for every vulnerable three- and four-year old.

    What do you think?

  24. or too good to be true, like the britain banning trump, that’s just at the petition stage right now, i really don’t think it can happen

    but good to hear he’s canceling trip to middle east

  25. mirella
    December 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm
    he’s not getting good press in europe that’s for sure
    It is as difficult to imagine why Trump would get good press anywhere as it is to imagine why the Roman Empire would give good press to Attila the Hun.

    The nicest thing to be said is that they’re both wealthy and wear fur on their heads.

  26. The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 9h9 hours ago

    England Not Alone as Some in Israel Want Trump Banned from Upcoming Visit … #UniteBlue

    Michael Barbaro ‏@mikiebarb 9h9 hours ago

    SCOOP: Cruz questions Trump’s judgement in private talk at fundraiser, via @mattfleg and @maggieNYT. Hell to pay?


    Senator Ted Cruz, who has carefully avoided public criticism of Donald J. Trump, said this week at a private fundraiser that the real-estate developer is facing a “challenging question” about whether he has the “judgment” to be president.

    Mr. Cruz, a rival of Mr. Trump’s for the Republican presidential nomination, is trying to position himself to be the beneficiary of any erosion of support for Mr. Trump, who is handily beating the rest of the field in opinion polls. While he has said he doesn’t agree with Mr. Trump’s latest provocative proposal, a ban on Muslim immigrants entering the United States, he has taken pains to praise Mr. Trump for making immigration a focal point of his candidacy.

    But inside a conference room Wednesday in a Madison Avenue office, with about 70 people pressed around a table, Mr. Cruz gave his assessment of the race, lumping Mr. Trump with another candidate whose supporters the Texas senator hopes to poach, Ben Carson.

    “Both of them I like and respect,” said Mr. Cruz, according to an audio recording of his comments provided by one attendee. “I don’t believe either one of them is going to be our president.”


    Nancy Mitchell ‏@NancyWonderful 10h10 hours ago Cape Coral, FL

    Nancy Mitchell Retweeted Morning Joe

    IMAGINE a world where #trump MAKES #cruz sound “GOP Normal” ..Its ugly @Morning_Joe #TrumpSociopath … … …@Normsmusic

    Norm Clark ‏@Normsmusic 9h9 hours ago

    Norm Clark Retweeted Nancy Mitchell

    Sadly Nancy, we really don’t have to imagine it.

    Bloomberg Business ‏@business 10h10 hours ago

    Even if Trump loses the primary, he’s changed the race in previously unthinkable ways

  27. Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman held in solitary in prison, son says

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was placed in solitary in the federal prison where he’s serving time on corruption charges after calling a talk show and repeating his claims of innocence, his son said Thursday.

    Siegelman phoned a liberal talk show on Oct. 15 to discuss his allegations that he’s a Democratic political prisoner wrongly prosecuted by Republicans. A recording of the segment is available online.

    He also talked about U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presided at Siegelman’s trial but has since resigned after being arrested on a spousal abuse charge, and told listeners inmates are limited to 15 minutes on the phone.

    “I’m being told I’ve got to end this by the camp counselor,” said Siegelman, who hung up seconds later.


    Justice Department ‏@TheJusticeDept 9h9 hours ago

    Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy in Afghanistan Bribery Scheme

    Reid Wilson ‏@ConsultReid Dec 9

    Bob Dole on if Ted Cruz is the GOP nominee: “I might oversleep” on Election Day

    Raymond C. ‏@mspray1 9h9 hours ago

    WATCH: Stephen Colbert Reveals Donald Trump’s Real Strategy:
    Offend everyone except white peopl… #p2 #alternet

    Tina Issa ‏@tinaissa 5m5 minutes ago

    TrumpNut goes nuts on CNN claims he made her interested in politics except she’s a Birther

    Tina Issa ‏@tinaissa 2m2 minutes ago

    Extremists are Trump’s base. It is who the GOP is now. She’s in need of Lithium and a Mental Hospital. That might not be enough though

    The Daily Show ‏@TheDailyShow 5h5 hours ago

    Debut of Senior Jewish Correspondent @AdamLowitt and Trump still wants to bang his daughter

    Blue DuPage ‏@BlueDuPage 11m11 minutes ago

    Ted Cruz partners with E.W. Jackson, one of the few Republicans more nuts than he is … #tcot

  28. the sight of that woman with chris hayes Wasserman shulz made my blood pressure shoot up and blood boil

    if i hate anyone right now it is this woman

    i blame her and the dnc establishment for what is happening; the media has nothing else to talk about but cruz and trump and gop bullshit because there is only cricket from the democrats

    exactly what happened in italy and germany before dictatorships began, weak democratic governments that let it happen

  29. another one is obama, angry with him and his corrupt justice dept attorneys that haven’t done anything about the siegelman injustice, shame on them; they deserve the same scorn as the republicans for being so gutless where it matters.

  30. ‏@TIME 5h5 hours ago

    “Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights movement—it’s a human rights one”

    Breaking911 ‏@Breaking911 22m22 minutes ago

    FLASH: Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Declares War on ISIS –

    Guardian US ‏@GuardianUS 27m27 minutes ago

    Donald Trump: ‘I’m starting to win the debate on barring Muslims from US’

    The Hill ‏@thehill 29m29 minutes ago

    Black lawmakers tear into Scalia for “disgusting, inaccurate and insulting” remarks:

    The Guardian ‏@guardian 37m37 minutes ago

    Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump is no longer funny, he’s dangerous

    The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 39m39 minutes ago

    Syrian refugee comforted by his son!
    “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.”


  31. toniD
    December 10, 2015 at 8:13 pm
    Tina Issa ‏@tinaissa 5m5 minutes ago

    TrumpNut goes nuts on CNN claims he made her interested in politics except she’s a Birther

    Raw Story has a follow up to the above.

    BUSTED: Trump-loving Republican lawmaker caught lying in unhinged rant about Obama’s lies

    A woman who called President Barack Obama a liar on CNN and said she had never been involved in politics until being energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump is in fact a far-right elected leader for the state of New Hampshire.

    Susan DeLemus was elected in 2010 as a Republican to the state House of Representatives. DeLemus is a “birther,” meaning she is a conspiracy theorist who believes Obama was not born in the United States…

    Hmmm. She was never involved in politics until Donald Trump’s 2015 candidacy energized her yet she was elected to the New Hampshire state House of Representatives in 2010?

    Sounds kinda lie-ish. Lie infected. Lie encrusted.
    A prevaricating poltroon.

  32. Ian Millhiser ‏@imillhiser 1h1 hour ago

    So many of Donald Trump’s proposals are unconstitutional, but the next president could appoint enough SCOTUS justices that it won’t matter.

    FiveThirtyEight ‏@FiveThirtyEight 1h1 hour ago

    How Arne Duncan lost the Common Core and his legacy

    [It was a a bad program!]

    The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 1h1 hour ago

    English Petition to Ban Trump Now Stands at 370,000 and Counting … #UniteBlue

    MSNBC ‏@MSNBC 1h1 hour ago

    The White House is finalizing a proposal to expand background checks on gun sales: (Pic: AP)

    The Last Word ‏@TheLastWord 37s38 seconds ago

    .@kaj33 writing for @TIME: #lastword


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