Senate passes budget deal, lawmakers begin to look for fixes

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate gave final approval to a bipartisan budget bill on Wednesday, sending it to President Obama ahead of a winter recess.

The task now falls to House and Senate appropriators to fill in the details — the budget deal sets general spending guidelines but lawmakers have to write specific provisions later. That work needs to be done by mid-January.

Lawmakers are already looking to fix some of what they consider problems in the deal. Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, signed on to a bill last night to replace cuts to veterans’ pensions built into the budget plan. The bill would close corporate tax loopholes to restore the cuts, which makes it unlikely win GOP support, but it’s symptomatic of lawmakers’ general reluctance surrounding the budget deal.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 12/18/2013 - 07:28 pm.

    Would it be so hard

    To pass good legislation in the first place? Both of our Senators continue to support laws and then say that they are against (parts) of them. Having it both ways is wonderful, if only the rest of us weren’t stuck with their poor decisions.

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