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Old 12-06-2013, 01:35 PM
Location: Colorado
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'The deal would increase revenue by raising some fees and would shift some cuts away from domestic and defense programs, partly alleviating the squeeze of across-the-board spending cuts imposed last year, which are set to worsen in 2014. Spending on defense and domestic programs would rise to about $1 trillion for the current fiscal year from $986 billion, the fiscal 2013 level that remains in effect under the continuing resolution passed in October. Absent a deal, further cuts would go into effect in January, and discretionary spending would be cut to $967 billion for fiscal 2014.
But the agreement would leave to future negotiations the big issues of curbing future spending increases in the fast-growing entitlement programs and the proper level of tax revenues. It also would not extend unemployment benefits set to expire Dec. 28, or deal with impending cuts to Medicare health care providers.'

I wonder if food stamps are part of this deal, or part of the farm bill negotiations.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:46 PM
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I will be amazed if they can come to some sort of an agreement.

From the Republican side:
WTH? More spending, AND fees-ie taxes? That all of our constituents will go nuts over? WTH?

From the Democrat side:
WTH? All this stuff is shafting the middle and lower class? WTH?

And finally from Obama cause its going to be DOA in the house and senate:
WTH? When are you guys going to get me something to sign?

And seriously...everyones going to look at this from the public side and say "WTH MORE for defense? Really? AND you add all these taxes called fees? WTH?
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:54 PM
Location: Riverside
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Originally Posted by OICU812 View Post
So this is how our form of government works? Two people sit down and brainstorm the federal budget? I'm really not guessing the founders envisioned gangs of eight, four or two, writing legislations and bills and then thrusting them on 600+ representatives to vote up or down, after a couple days of bombastic floor speeches.
Those "two people" are the chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees. Yes, this how our government is SUPPOSED to work.

Keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:35 AM
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Originally Posted by Gurbie View Post
This is correct- conservatives in the House want to extend the sequester:

Another Shutdown? Conservatives Push To Scuttle Budget Deal

Dems, on the other hand, are pushing to extend unemployment bennies.

Murray and Ryan have their work cut out for them. But I'm really hopeful for a deal, for the reasons stated in my OP.
..pushing to extend the sequester? What's that mean? Sequestration is the law...just like Obamacare is. Are you saying it should just be ignored because big spenders in DC don't like it?
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