Leahy, Sanders vote yes on budget bill; House battle looms

Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted to avoid a government shutdown Friday.

The Senate voted 54-44 for a continuing resolution to keep the federal government in business past Tuesday’s scheduled shutdown. The battle now shifts to the House, which is working on its own version. The two versions will then need to be reconciled.

The resolution passed after the Senate stripped out a provision that had been inserted by the House to defund the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release from Sanders.

“People can disagree about the Affordable Care Act, but it is wrong for right-wing Republicans to ignore the results of the last election and hold the American people hostage by threatening to shut down the government because they can’t get their way,” Sanders said.

A partial government shutdown would directly affect thousands of federal workers in Vermont, Sanders said.


  1. Keith Stern :

    Leahy, Sanders, and Welch are holding our children’s future hostage by repeatedly voting to put them deeper into debt.

  2. Let’s face it..for the right wing that now controls the GOP, it’s all about losing the last two elections to the Democrats. The ACA is the excuse to shut down the Government for political purposes.. The same opposition was their in the the 60’s with Medicare. The other reason is that the they are afraid that the American people might actually like the ACA which would make them weaker than they already are.

    • Keith Stern :

      The right wing doesn’t control the GOP, in fact far from it. If it did they would have forced real spending cuts at the last debt ceiling “crisis.” The problem is that the party is too moderate and too willing to compromise with Democrats even to the country’s detriment.
      If you followed legitimate news you would know that the ACA is destined to fail as it currently stands.

      • John Greenberg :

        “legitimate news” What news is that?

        • Keith Stern :

          That is a good question. It definitely isn’t MSNBC,ABC, or CBS. Straight news reporting it would be FOX or CNN in my opinion. I’m not talking commentary as well because they’re all are biased. My opinion of course.



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