Bipartisan Budget Deal Averts Gov't Shutdown

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In a rare act of bipartisanship, House Republicans and Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of a budget deal.

The agreement avoids a government shutdown and eases some of the automatic spending cuts, but some conservatives say it doesn't go far enough to cut out of control spending in Congress.
 
After a vote of 332 to 94 in the House, a bipartisan budget deal is on its way to the Senate. The measure puts more than $22 billion toward deficit reduction in the future and includes no new taxes.

It also eases some of the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and other domestic agencies next month. Some conservatives remain critical of the bill.

Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, told CBN News the deal is disappointing.

"That big fight we had in the summer of 2011 with sequestration was kind of the one accomplishment conservatives could point to in this administration, and those caps are going to be lucid now. Spending is going to be higher than the levels that were in the current law," Kerpen said. "So that's a tough pill to swallow."

Conservative defenders of the bill point out it protects most of sequester cuts and ends the extension of unemployment benefits.

"It would be mindless to reject a deal like this, which in fact isn't a bad one on the merits," Charles Krauthammer said on FOX News Thursday.

Controlling the budget and deficit spending has been a major battle between Republican leadership and the Tea Party, which wants to cut spending and address the country's soaring debt.

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh said, "It just seems that the Republican Party is absorbed, is consumed with, eliminating any conservative influence inside the party whatsoever."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, denounced efforts to derail the current deal.

"There just comes a point when some people step over the line," Boehner said. "You know when you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility."

The budget deal now heads to the Senate where Democrats say they'll need at least five Republicans to support the package to overcome a filibuster threat.

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