Senate Democrats

The Hill: McConnell Sides With White House With His Vote On Spending Bills

The Hill:

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sided with the White House on Thursday when he voted to advance next year’s budget bills based on last August’s debt-ceiling deal.  His vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee puts the GOP leader on the opposite side of the issue from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his conference.  The committee met to divide up the $1.047 trillion allocated to discretionary spending under the debt deal — $19 billion more than allowed under the House-passed budget that Boehner supported.  House and Senate appropriators had warned that by that by tampering with August’s Budget Control Act and insisting on deeper cuts next year, House conservatives were risking a government shutdown confrontation with the White House.”

“He was joined by most of the Republicans on the committee and all Democrats in advancing the spending levels to be used to construct the 12 annual appropriations bills.”