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Senate Democrats Agree To Stopgap Spending Bill

 

The Reuters news agency reports that Senate Democrats will “back a temporary funding measure proposed by House Republicans that would avert a looming government shutdown and give Congress two weeks more to resolve a pitched battle over spending cuts.”

Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “We’ll pass this and then we’ll look to funding the government on a long-term basis.”  That gives us all something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.

The Democrats maintain that Republican plans to cut $61 billion in spending – less than 5% of the current federal deficit – would “imperil the shaky economic recovery and throw hundreds of thousands of people out of work.”  Government jobs are forever.

Reuters felt compelled to add that “Without a stopgap spending bill, the government will shut down on Friday.”  Remember, diets are fatal!

Update: the House has passed the stopgap spending measure by a vote of 335-91.  According to Fox News, Harry Reid says it will pass the Senate “in the next 48 hours.”  Republicans rejected a Democrat proposal for a 30-day extension, passing one good for only two weeks instead.

Update: the Senate has now passed the stopgap spending measure.

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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