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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 07:53 PM
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Senate leaders announce bipartisan agreement to avert government shutdown
Source: The Washington Post

Senate leaders reached an agreement Monday evening that is almost certain to avert a federal government shutdown, a prospect that had flared up as congressional leaders fought over disaster relief funds.

The new pact, which the Senate approved 79 to 12 and the House is expected to ratify next week, will keep federal agencies open until Nov. 18 at a level of spending that represents a 1.5 percent cut from this years levels. After days of brinkmanship with both sides blaming the other for any potential shutdown, Senate leaders agreed to a compromise that provides less money for disaster relief than Democrats sought, but also strips away spending cuts that Republicans had advanced.

It will be a win for everyone, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the plan a reasonable way to keep the government operational.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2011/09/26/gIQAD...
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 08:03 PM
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1. "SHUT DOWN"
the game only the big boys are allowed to play
If you think your a 'BIG BOY', order your game today
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 08:27 PM
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2. It's not a win for those who need the disaster relief, Harry, but
I understand what you were up against (again!) and commend you for "stripping away the spending cuts".

I'm just hopeful that when people start wailing about needing help, we make it crystal clear why there isn't more coming. :(
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 08:53 PM
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3. Voters have very different definitions of "Winning" than Congress and White House
in which lies the principle disconnect between the People and the Government.
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