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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12 Republicans Vote to Advance Budget Deal

12 Republicans Vote to Advance Budget Deal That Boosts Spending 
And of course Sen. Rob Portman was one of them. Make sure he does not vote YES again. CNS News.com reports:

(Susan Jones at CNSNews.com) - The Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to advance the Ryan-Murray budget compromise that conservatives oppose as fiscally irresponsible.
Helping Democrats get the votes they needed, 12 Republicans voted with all 55 Democrats to begin debate on the measure.
Republicans joining Democrats to invoke cloture include Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.),  Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio). [emphasis added]
The two-year deal will ease the mandatory spending caps (sequester) imposed by Congress in 2011. This will allow a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget, but it does nothing to reform entitlement programs, which are the main drivers of growing deficits and debt, The Heritage Foundation reported.
The deal also raises certain "fees," or taxes.
A simple majority is needed for passage, which is expected to happen later this week.
Tea Party Patriots: Call / email / tweet Sen. Rob Portman’s office
Senator Portman
DC Office: (202)224-3353
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Portman's Chief of Staff
Rob Lehman 

Portman's N/E Ohio District Representative
George Brown
PH: (216)522-1095

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