Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) praised the Ryan-Murray budget on Sunday while cautioning that the Senate does not yet have the votes to pass it.
Lawmakers expressed confidence Sunday that a budget deal will be reached before Dec. 13, when the House of Representatives is expected to adjourn.
The top Republicans on the House and Senate budget committees said they were “disappointed” with President Barack Obama’s budget plan during a conference call Wednesday, arguing it will add $8.2 trillion to the deficit while increasing taxes by $1.1 trillion.
House lawmakers voted Wednesday afternoon to avoid a government shutdown, approving a bill that would keep agencies afloat through Sept. 30.
Some see a danger of political cronyism and corruption arising from the back room deal underway as Congress negotiates with the White House to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Politico has compiled a list, with commentary, of 10 statements made by President Barack Obama or his 2008 campaign that highlight the contrast between Obama’s expectations coming into office and his accomplishments while occupying the White House.