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Ron Johnson to Oppose Budget Deal

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) issued a press release statement today indicating that he will oppose legislation to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.

“I made a commitment to support the House in its pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget – a budget that should have been passed last year, when Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress and the presidency.  I did so because I believe it was important to take that first step in enacting real spending cuts.

“This is the first CR that does not achieve that level of spending reduction. As a result, I will vote no when this CR comes before the Senate.

“We can do better; we must do better.  In order to get the economy growing again we must limit the size, scope, and cost of the federal government. The first step is to establish very hard spending caps. My preference is a constitutional limit on spending married with an identical legislative spending limitation.  Once the spending caps are established, then the hard work of prioritizing spending under those caps must begin.

“I stand ready to work with anyone willing to seriously address these issues.”

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Wyden May Oppose Budget Deal

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says “he is inclined to vote against a budget deal to keep the government operating because it cuts a healthcare reform provision he authored last year,” The Hill reports.

The deal between President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would ax a Wyden-sponsored provision allowing people to opt out of employer-provided healthcare plans to buy coverage from public-private insurance exchanges.

“I am not going to support this raw special interest power,” he told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The president has known personally how strongly I feel about this.”

“Without this provision more than 300,000 people would be in healthcare no-man’s land,” he said.

Wyden said he “would wait to hear what White House officials and Democratic leaders have to say about the concession before making a final decision on how to vote.”

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Rand Paul Considering Filibuster of Budget Deal?

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “said Tuesday that he’s considering a filibuster of the budget agreement to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year,” The Hill reports.

Paul, who said yesterday that he would vote against the agreement reached last Friday to cut $39.9 billion between now and September, acknowledged that he’s considering waging a filibuster, which would make leaders get 60 votes to pass the deal, and advance it to President Obama’s desk.

"Yes, but we haven’t really made a final decision on that yet," Paul said on conservative talker Sean Hannity’s radio show.

Paul acknowledged that even if he were to filibuster, it’s unlikely that he’ll attract 40 other senators’ votes in order to sustain his procedural roadblock to the budget deal.

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Sanders Will Oppose Budget Deal

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in a press release statement today that “he will vote against a bill that cuts more than $38 billion from programs that help working families without calling for shared sacrifice by the wealthiest Americans.”

“Today, in order to reduce deficits that Republicans helped create, they now are slashing programs of enormous importance to working families, the elderly, the sick and children,” Sanders said. “At a time when the gap between the very rich and everybody else is growing wider, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from struggling working families and gives to multi-millionaires. This is obscene.”

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Budget Deal Details Emerge

Specifics of a budget agreement to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year emerged today. Below are some links if you wish to immerse yourself in the details.

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