WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a Republican-drafted bill to trim $4 billion from the budget, completing hastily processed legislation aimed at keeping partisan budget divisions from causing a government shutdown.
Moments later, Obama called on congressional leader to meet with top administration figures including Vice President Joe Biden to discuss a longer-term measure to fund the government through Sept. 30.
"We can find common ground on a budget that makes sure we are living within our means," Obama said. "This agreement should be bipartisan, it should be free of any party's social or political agenda, and it should be reached without delay."
The Senate cleared the temporary measure by an overwhelming 91-9 vote that gives the GOP an early but modest victory in its drive to rein in government. Obama has until Friday to sign the measure and keep federal offices open and operations intact. The House passed the legislation on Tuesday.
The measure buys time for Obama, the GOP-dominated House and the Democratic-led Senate to start talks on legislation to fund the government through the end of September.
House Republicans last month muscled through a measure cutting this year's budget by more than $60 billion, while trying to block implementation of Obama's health care law and a host of environmental regulations. The White House has promised a veto and it will take weeks or months to negotiate a compromise funding measure that Obama would sign.
Answer by tinamatt at 5:49 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
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Answer by lovinangels at 7:35 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Since this is last years budget, I say it is about time they passed something. Seems like PBO, Pelosi, and Reid would have had an easy time getting a budget passed with their golden super majority they enjoyed. Now, they have to finish is in two weeks. This is going to be like Rambo Part 9,000. At least they actually cut $400 billion this year. Now, go do it again!!!
Answer by jesse123456 at 8:43 PM on Mar. 2, 2011