Senate passes debt deal; House votes next
NBC News: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.
“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”
After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.
The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.
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Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)
With the President confirming he’d sign the deal as soon as he received it, the House will bear the full weight of this weeks-long political crisis when they vote on the Senate bill later tonight. We’ll update with any news on that vote as it occurs.
Among the Senators who voted no: Ron Johnson from Wisconsin
Ron Johnson voted against common sense gun legislation.
Call him: 202-224-5323
Followers in other states: you can find contact information for your Senator here. As President Obama said, “ you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.”
Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson: No Pair of Senators are Further Apart
If congressional voting records are any guide, no state has two U.S. senators who are further apart politically than Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin.
When discussing gun control on CNN this morning, Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin (who has an A+ rating from the NRA) “isn’t sure there’s going to be a solution that comes out of Washington D.C.”
Later on CNN, he said Wal-Mart was too busy “trying to grow the economy” and doesn’t have time for gun control.
Call him. 202-224-5323. Demand a plan.
From the New York Times:
Senator Ron Johnson, the Tea Party favorite from Wisconsin, spoke for the Republican Party (and many Democrats) when he said that limiting high-capacity magazines would infringe on a basic right. “When you try and do it, you restrict our freedom,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Freedom to do what, precisely? To fire off 100 rounds without reloading?
He’s an interesting case study of someone who has talked more than he has listened, lectured more than he has developed relationships with his colleagues, and now he’s having a tough time because of that behavior in advancing his policy goals. It’s kind of like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old in the middle of the grocery store.
--A "senior GOP aide," referring to Sen. Ron Johnson. Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is reportedly planning on firing most of his Washington D.C. staff.
Who’s going to trust a man who calls the program a criminal fraud and, in effect, called Americans a bunch of suckers for believing in it for these many decades?
It very well may be that someone who insists Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, despite all evidence to the contrary, is not electable on a national level. But it’s worth remembering that last year, a tea partier in Wisconsin ran against Senator Feingold using the exact same line…and won.