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December 16, 2013

Budget more important than what's in it

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“I think they’re misleading their followers,” he said. “I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility by opposing legislation before the details are known.”

On Thursday, the House passed the budget bill by a vote of 332-94, with overwhelming support from Republicans and Democrats.

The bill’s fate in the Senate is more uncertain, with Democrats needing five GOP votes for passage. Potential GOP presidential candidates and incumbents facing tea party primaries are reluctant to vote for the compromise. If it doesn’t pass, real people will again be hurt.

We can only hope enough Republican senators can be swayed by the spirit of Everett Dirksen.

“The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion,” he said. “Constitutionality is no match with compassion.”

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