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LIVE: Senate vote on budget bill (Update – passes both Houses)(Peter King declares war on Ted Cruz)

LIVE: Senate vote on budget bill (Update – passes both Houses)(Peter King declares war on Ted Cruz)

The Senate is expected to vote this evening on a short-term bill to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

You can watch it live below.

The full text of the plan can be found here.

Updates (by waj): Passed both Houses of Congress.

Via Twitchy, Peter King declares war on Ted Cruz:

And a fitting end:

Near the end of the [House] vote, members and staff were startled when someone who appeared to be a House stenographer suddenly went to the microphone and started to yell. She was quickly escorted out, but House floor staff looked visibly shaken.

The woman made references to God and Freemasons having written the Constitution.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said the stenographer is a well-known and liked figure in the House.

“I think there’s a lot of sympathy, because something clearly happened there,” Connolly said.


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Who really cares what the Senate does? We all know they’re going to rubber stamp everything Obama wants. The only open question is what will the House do? Reports are that Boehner has already caved, but he doesn’t control everybody in the House. Boehner burned a lot of bridges when he purged conservatives from powerful committees. Paybacks may be hell, you know?

    Uncle Samuel in reply to snopercod. | October 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

    These peoples’ actions and ideology are written on their faces and expressions.

    Obama’s face and eyes, even smiling, show his over-weening pride and ill-will toward America every day. Peter King’s visage reveals his ugly, lying heart. Pelosi’s and Hillary’s plastic surgeons and make-up artists can’t work fast enough to erase their heart’s effects on their faces. Boehner’s tanning bed and spray-on bronzer only emphasizes the effect of alcohol and his duplicitous, sleazy character upon his face.

Mark Levin conveys that Mitch McConnell has a nice little carve out for a Kentucky project in there.

I am done with the GOP. We Tea Party people gave them one last shot with the house; they have shown themselves to be the enemy of the Republic.

Scum sucking pigs, feeding at the trough we provide.

Every one of them.

I’d rather watch paint dry.

Or this. Footage from dashcams on cars in Russia.

The House needs to strip out the 2 billion dollar earmark for Kentucky. McConnell doesn’t need to be rewarded for this.

“The House needs to strip out the 2 billion dollar earmark for Kentucky. McConnell doesn’t need to be rewarded for this.”

The House is not a friend of Liberty or the Constitution.

Right on schedule and as predicted, the GOP did what it does best. It CAVED! Thanks for all the drama and the posturing, GOP. Hand the gov to the dems and go home.

Section 1002 needs to be stripped out much more than the earmark.

SEC. 1002. (a) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the ‘‘Default Prevention Act of 2013’’.

blah blah blah

(A) disapproving the President’s exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit

blah blah blah

So Section 1002 essentially removes the debt limit.

huskers-for-palin | October 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I would love to play poker with McConnell….he folds every time!!!! Mitch has a royal flush, I have a pair of duces….I WIN!!!!

Why on earth would anybody want to watch this “live”? (in fact, can we even call our death-in-life politics “live” anymore?). It is not something really live, i.e., happening in real time with a potential of spontaneity or surprise. No, it’s like watching the 700th syndicated repeat of a bad TV show.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to raven. | October 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Watching Washington DC in action is like watching World Wrestling. It’s not real, but a play, actors on a stage, saying the lines they think will appease the people and allow them to continue their charade/farce/follies at our expense.

“No, it’s like watching the 700th syndicated repeat of a bad TV show.”

The ones with the very annoying laugh-tracks.

I’ve heard that there is a provision in the Senate bill that takes the approval function for raising the borrowing limit from the Congress and cedes it to the president.

If true and if no regime change is forthcoming, we are screwed!

Turned it on approx 9:38. Heard the last 90 seconds of cliches and blather from someone I didn’t recognize who is clueless. Three or four minutes was all I could stand; don’t know how you do it, Professor.

Most annoying is the facade. They are truly a revolting lot.

The only thing I may find solace in over the next several months is to see Obamacare continue to fail and hear the left start screeching as they finally realize what “distributing the wealth” really means.

    Andy in reply to gasper. | October 17, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Because the government has shuttered so many other failed ideas that gave free shit out to people who pay nothing into it.

    No, this parasite is the one that will end us.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to gasper. | October 17, 2013 at 6:34 am

    That’s RE-distributing the wealth – from earners to leeches and cronies.

    There is much, Much, MUCH to gain for Obama’s corrupt cronies in Health Care, Benefits and Food Stamps.

    We have seen hints of this in the 4.5 million dollars worth of Food Stamps one sleazy Islamist had in his possession. The wonder of it all is that he was caught and exposed.

    Both Romney and Rick Scott have explored the prodigious profits available in Health Care (and were investigated and hand-slapped for their efforts).

    Fraud and corruption are Obama’s strong suits…as we have seen. Making weak, ineffectual protests in response is the Republican party’s specialty.

DINORightMarie | October 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Time to declare war on Peter Kin!! Get Peter King OUT of office!!!!

The tumbrils are rolling.

The GOP has hereby handed Hussein carte blanche on ACA and his spending addiction, and virtually sealed their fate in 2014 and maybe 2016. Who wants to vote for a bunch of “moderates” who waste time with Kabuki theatre yet vote Democrat in the end? Why elect a Boehner? A McConnell? It’s a vote for the status quo.

Ted Cruz is to be commended. He went to the wall, but was assassinated by his own party. I hope he’s not as demoralized as I am right now.

    platypus in reply to JerryB. | October 17, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Not to worry. Cruz is worse than the Terminator. He was on Levin and gave every impression of not understanding the meaning of quit or slow. He doesn’t appear to know how to stop.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to platypus. | October 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Cruz seems to be fueled by principle and conviction – a holy boldness that cannot deny truth at any cost.

      What I love most is his lack of sensitivity to the barbs and blasts of his opponents in the Democrat, Republican and media.

      Time will tell if he stands strong, weathers the storm and holds fast to conservative principles.

      Rand Paul seems more conservative than his father.

      Bruce Hayden in reply to platypus. | October 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Which is what a lot of Americans want right now. Cruz is moving to a be the front runner in 2016 for the Presidential nomination. The problem that a lot saw with McCain and Romney is that the didn’t fight, or when they did, backed off much too quickly. No one to carry the flag into the heart of enemy territory. Looking back, esp at McCain, I still wonder what came over the Republican Party to nominate an old, wounded, Washington DC insider in 2008.

      I fully expect that many of those Republicans who voted in favor of capitulation to be primaried next time they run, and an significant number to lose. Probably not King, but he pretty much guaranteed that he wouldn’t have a high leadership post in the near future. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Boehner and Cantor lose their posts in the next session.

The Republican party needs someone other than Obama as its leader.

So what did this farce accomplish exactly? Other than a humiliating 11th hour capitulation. Instead of just letting Obamacare roll out, flop and say “I told you so” Republicans just invited themselves to be blamed for every national malady from now until kingdom come. Bad economy? Republican shutdown
Obamacare not all it’s cracked up to be? Republican shutdown
No jobs? Republican shutdown etc etc etc

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Quint. | October 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

    They were already getting blamed for everything, anyway.

    gasper in reply to Quint. | October 17, 2013 at 7:02 am

    You really believe the press wouldn’t have found a way to blame the Republicans, regardless of the situation? They didn’t need these to manufacture their lies. It was just a convenient avenue. Next to the press was other Republicans destroying their own. Democrats are united in socialism; Republicans have diversity of thought and the press played that to the hilt. You want the GOP to roll over in the first round and not fight? That’s sad.

Is it still not time to start warming up the tar and getting the feathers ready yet?

Is it still not time to start warming up the tar and getting the feathers ready yet?

    platypus in reply to TB. | October 17, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I doubt there’s enough to do the job. We are talking about a lot of tar and a lot of chickens.

BannedbytheGuardian | October 17, 2013 at 1:18 am

So now the park Stasi will unbolt the barricades & everyone will go back to normal. They will be oooohhh aaaahing over grand words in stone & a man that himself suspended the bill of rights.

At least the English managed to put up an occasional fight & chop off their heads. The French guillotined them & the Russians shot them till the bullets ricocheted off their jewelled corsets – then they shot hem in the head.

Weak guys just weak.

NC Mountain Girl | October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

In 1990 a young Republican Congressman drew the ire of his Republican elders, Democrats and the media for opposing a crucial bi-partisan budget deal that broke George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips” promise. Some pundits opined his career was over. He had the last laugh when in 1995 he became the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years.

Every Democrat and every member of the GOP in my state voted to end this country.

I mean that.

That which cannot go on forever, will end.

A smart CEO you all know by name and is retiring this year has another phrase that fits… “that’s not a business plan… that is your going out of business plan.”

I’ve never been more certain that I need to ensure I have 6 months supply of everything. This does not end well.

Despite what idiots like Michael Medved say- it doesn’t matter what polling means… if you poll drug addicts, they will say it’s unpopular to put drug dealers in jail. When so many people’s lives can be turned upside down because the government shuts down, that’d be a pretty good indicator government is too big and controls too much of our lives.

With Obamacare, 1984 has arrived. It was a nice run, but this is the end.

TrooperJohnSmith | October 17, 2013 at 3:37 am

Recall that when they asked Harry Morant if he had any last requests, he told the Padre to put Matthew 10:36 on his tombstone: And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Indeed, they are.

And the moral of the story is: never pick a fight you can’t win and have no idea of how to win or plan to win.

    ThomasD in reply to Estragon. | October 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Just to be perfectly clear on what this all means, Congress has just eliminated any reason to pass an actual budget ever again.

    There will be no hope accountability under this regime for as long as it persists.

    ‘A Republic, if you can keep it’ indeed.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | October 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Your premise is worthless without psychic powers.

The Republicans could have stopped the no-budget-CR’s-and-debt-hikes-forever shenanigans. Instead, through this ‘deal’ they have eliminated any hope – barring veto proof majorities in BOTH houses – of doing anything about ever expanding debt again.

Because that is the way they wanted it. They all just voted to take responsibility off their plates.

That was the entire point of all this drama, leading up to a last minute ‘deal’ that nobody had any time to analyze.

They wanted a fait accompli, they wanted to be railroaded.

Call it the McConnell Sellout. He wanted this all along and he made sure it got done.

The Constitution specifically gave the power of the purse to Congress. The McConnell sellout just gave that power away.

There is nothing ‘conservative’ about giving away a Constitutional obligation. It is Un-American and it is an insult to the historic legacy of the Republican Party.

It is all Kabuki.

There may be fighters in the Party, but there is no fight in the Party.

This is the last straw, I’m done with the Party.

Here are the traitors who switched sides and voted with Nancy Pelosi:

Brooks (IN)
Davis, Rodney
Griffin (AR)
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Herrera Beutler
Kelly (PA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
McCarthy (CA)
McMorris Rodgers
Miller, Gary
Murphy (PA)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Thompson (PA)
Webster (FL)
Young (AK)
Young (IN)

What we have here is a failure to communicate… but perfect clarity has taken place.

Henry Hawkins | October 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

One more cave-in by the GOP and the gravitational forces will make a black hole of Washington.

America… there is hope yet.

My only solace in all of this is that one historical will continue to prevail.

The rich will get richer.

It has been true through out history, so even our commie government will not change that. The rest of society is screwed.

More private piggy tax bank stuffing by Congress. Why should they get salaries and pensions when they leave. They are in an elected position; not job. If it was good enough for our founding fathers; it should be good enough for them.

Bear in mind that although they got zilch on Obamacare, the sequester remains in place at 2008-level spending. I had truly expected a GOP establishment ‘compromise’ to include eliminating some or all of the sequester cuts.

2014: GOP establishment is horrified to learn it has extended its majority in the House due to TP-supported conservative victories. OMG! What’ll we do!?!

I left the DNC back in the late 80’s after voting for President Reagan twice. I left them because there was no place for a conservative democrat in that nest of snakes taking over! As a Independant and the election of 2010 I was encouraged and thought maybe the GOP is the place where I belong. I guess I was wrong why do I keep insisting that republicans or democrats will do the right thing? Greed, and coruption are rampant……..I guess its my turn to put my fragile faith into the hands of the Tea Party Movement……until they screw me! I don’t expect anyone in politics to do the “right thing” any more. Mr. Cruz do you ever feel lonely? There is one party in this country with two wings………..the dark side has taken over! Jews in europe must have felt this way in the mid 1930’s.