Dozens Of Trade-Offs In $1.1 Trillion Budget Bill
|By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press|
Veteran Republicans said the generally positive response to the all-encompassing spending bill reflected the desire of the rank and file to avoid a repeat of the politically damaging budget standoffs with the
"The shutdown educated — particularly our younger members who weren't here during our earlier shutdown — about how futile that practice is," said House Appropriations Chairman
The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget deal that
Western Republicans from timber country were anxious about a cutoff of funding of federal payments in lieu of taxes to towns surrounded by federal lands but were reassured that the payments would be extended though separate legislation.
Democrats pleased with new money to educate preschoolers and build high-priority highway projects are likely to make up the difference even as Republican social conservatives fret about losing familiar battles over abortion policy.
The bill would avert spending cuts that threatened construction of new aircraft carriers and next-generation Joint Strike Fighters. It maintains rent subsidies for the poor, awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise and beefs up security at U.S. embassies across the globe. The Obama administration would be denied money to meet its full commitments to the
"This agreement shows the American people that we can compromise, and that we can govern," said
The House vote is expected less than 48 hours after the measure became public, even though Republicans promised a 72-hour review period for legislation during their campaign to take over the House in 2010.
On Tuesday, the House is slated to approve a short-term funding bill to extend the
The measure doesn't contain in-your face victories for either side. The primary achievement was that there was an agreement in the first place after the collapse of the budget process last year, followed by a 16-day government shutdown and another brush with a disastrous default on U.S. obligations. After the shutdown and debt crisis last fall,
To be sure, there is plenty for both parties to oppose in the legislation. Conservatives face a vote to finance implementation of President
Democrats must accept new money for abstinence education programs they often ridicule, and conservatives can take heart that overall spending for daily agency operations has been cut by
Democrats are more likely to climb aboard than tea party Republicans, but only after voting to give Obama about
At the same time, the bill is laced with sweeteners. One is a provision exempting disabled veterans and war widows from a pension cut enacted last month. The bill contains increases for veterans' medical care backed by both sides and fully funds the
The spending bill would spare the
Consistent with recent defense measures, the bill largely fulfills the
It also contains a longstanding provision blocking the
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