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In a vote taken early Wednesday afternoon, the House has passed a continuing resolution to fund government through the end of the fiscal year, a move that has the potential to avoid a government shutdown—at least until October. The measure passed with a margin of 267-151. A total of 214 Republicans voted in favor it along with 53 Democrats. A total of 137 Democrats opposed it and were joined by 14 Republicans.

In a statement of administration policy released yesterday, the White House said it was "deeply concerned" about the legislation and wants to see it "strengthened" before it becomes law, a step that could take place after the Senate passes its continuing resolution and the two chambers meet in conference committee to reach a compromise. The White House said it was "pleased" that the bill is "consistent with the mutually agreed upon budget framework" stemming from the 2011 debt limit crisis, but:

[...] the bill raises concerns about the Government's ability to protect consumers, avoid deep cuts in critical services that families depend on, and implement critical domestic priorities such as access to quality and affordable health care.  Furthermore, while the legislation includes the Department of Defense and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies fiscal year 2013 bills, the remainder of Federal agencies are left to operate at last year's level, which will impede their ability to provide services to Americans and efficiently allocate funding to key programs including those in infrastructure, clean energy, education, and research and development.
So, within the context of the 2011 framework, Republicans have taken care of defense but screwed over everything else (not to mention failing to replace the sequester). But this bill is not the final say—the Senate will pass a bill, and the two pieces of legislation will have to be reconciled. Overall, it's a bad situation, and austerity is nobody's friend, but at least there is a process moving along that should avert a government shutdown unless House Republicans refuse to budge on their assault on domestic priorities.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:04 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Daily Kos Economics.

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  •  Austerity doesn't work, the American people (8+ / 0-)

    reject it, but somehow there is a lot invested in making sure that no one behaves as if Republican fiscal policy is a proven failure.

    Total insanity.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:11:26 AM PST

    •  Scenario: Senate's version is more balanced, the (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      Senate-House reconciliation is barely tolerable, Boehner seems to agree to it, Ryan torpedoes agreement, rinse and repeat.

      "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

      by TofG on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:31:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  according to an ABC poll today, majority (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      approves of all the sequester cuts except defense, so supposedly the republicans are doing exactly what Americans want

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:42:25 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Any chance the sequester (0+ / 0-)

    can be repealed in the reconciliation process on this bill?

    Small varmints, if you will.

    by aztecraingod on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:14:00 AM PST

    •  Repeal and Replace nt (0+ / 0-)

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:42:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Replace with what exactly? (1+ / 0-)
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        eXtina

        That is the $64 (thousand) dollar question, especially for those of us who stand to be furloughed if the sequester continues. And, incidentally, there are plenty of other sorts of other cuts, far uglier because they affect not just federal employees but the clients of government services (such as housing subsidies) and thus of course the clients of those same employees who by and large actually like doing their jobs and would like to be able to keep on providing those services.

  •  Someone explain to me how protecting the DOD (3+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife, ferg, eXtina

    budget allows us to get $85B in savings without doubling the cuts to the other Departments?

    What does the Bill do about the cuts?  Reduce it from $85B or spread the pain further?

    We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

    by captainlaser on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:16:03 AM PST

    •  I believe it merely shifts DOD money around, (0+ / 0-)

      I think. Basically providing a more rational allocation of the sequester cuts. A lot of the details of the bill aren't out in the open yet, though.

      •  And why can't NASA or NOAA or DOE or .... (1+ / 0-)
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        do the same?

        Why do these agencies have to take the cuts out of non-capital budgets?

        If you have people working 80%, do you really want to stick to the schedule to launch that satellite?  Do you really want them to give 80% effort?

        We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

        by captainlaser on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:48:43 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  We used to have these things called "Budgets" (3+ / 0-)
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    nextstep, eXtina, sfbob

    and didn't have to rely on CR's.

    How quaint things were in olden times.  Things were brought before committees and voted on before any allocations were made.

    Ahh.. the good ole days..

  •  Whatever (0+ / 0-)

    We are fucked.

    I didn't abandon the fight, I abandoned the Party that abandoned the fight...

    by Jazzenterprises on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:20:34 AM PST

  •  so what else is new (2+ / 0-)
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    So, within the context of the 2011 framework, Republicans have taken care of defense but screwed over everything else (not to mention failing to replace the sequester). But this bill is not the final say—the Senate will pass a bill, and the two pieces of legislation will have to be reconciled. Overall, it's a bad situation, and austerity is nobody's friend, but at least there is a process moving along that should avert a government shutdown unless House Republicans refuse to budge on their assault on domestic priorities.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:24:53 AM PST

  •  Republican's idea of a negotiation offer: (1+ / 0-)
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    Homer177

    "We get everything we want, screw you and everyone else."

    Reminds me of that scene from The Godfather Part 2. The brazenness of it all would be funny if there weren't so much on the line.

  •  How many times has this been done... (0+ / 0-)

    during Obama's Presidency?

    Don't worry. We'll see another kabuki play in another 6 months and people will be scared shitless all over again just so they can pass another bill just like this one.

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:26:00 AM PST

  •  Well done Sequester....well done... (1+ / 0-)
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    So are you saying Senate Dems will reinstitue Defense cuts in their bill?

    So, within the context of the 2011 framework, Republicans have taken care of defense but screwed over everything else (not to mention failing to replace the sequester). But this bill is not the final say—the Senate will pass a bill, and the two pieces of legislation will have to be reconciled.
    Good.Luck.With.That.

    Much less try to get that past a filibuster.

    "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

    by justmy2 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:32:58 AM PST

  •  Of course they did (2+ / 0-)
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    So, within the context of the 2011 framework, Republicans have taken care of defense but screwed over everything else
    Which is why they weren't concerned about letting the sequester go thru - it would achieve the cuts to disgusting social programs that help people, and they would just rewrite the rules to refund defense.

    It's not rocket science!

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:41:36 AM PST

  •  Harry Reid needs to take this (1+ / 0-)
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    sfbob

    and throw it straight into the wastebasket.

  •  Call Now (1+ / 0-)
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    sfbob

    Contact your senators now and let them know what is important to you to fund. We can not let health care and Social Security take cuts and defense not share in the cuts. Please contact them and let them know!

  •  Why do we keep pretending that the House and (0+ / 0-)

    Senate are separate branches of government?  It's one branch, the legislative branch, and it doesn't work unless both chambers work together.  Period.

    Let's just ignore them until they do their job.  And if they don't do their job before the end of the fiscal year, vote them all out in 2014.  Seriously with an approval rating of 9% we should be able to do something to put the fear of election into them.

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