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March 22, 2013

Congress: How they voted: GOP budget, Democratic budget, White House tours



James Lankford, R-Okla., said: "Jobs do not come from additional federal spending....If you want real jobs, it has to be in the private sector. That is the only thing that can be sustained; otherwise, you are dependent year after year after year with additional taxes and additional spending."

A yes vote backed the progressive budget.

Voting yes: McCollum, Ellison, Nolan 

Voting no:  Walz, Kline, Paulsen, Bachmann, Peterson

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET: Voting 105 for and 305 against, the House on March 20 defeated a fiscal blueprint authored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

This budget increased revenue by $2.7 trillion over ten years by steps such as closing corporate tax loopholes and ending preferential tax rates for capital gains and dividends.

While not reaching  balance, it achieved more deficit reduction over 10 years than recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission.

The CBC budget canceled the sequester, launched a $500 billion jobs bill, blocked changes sought by Republicans in Medicare and Medicaid and averted the GOP's planned cuts in domestic programs.

Robert Scott, D-Va., said the CBC budget "shows that we can create jobs, invest in education, transportation and research and avoid devastating health-care cuts and achieve the 10-year Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction goal."

Tom Price, R-Ga., said this budget "never gets to balance, which means it continues to spend more money than the government takes in....We can't continue going down this road over and over and over and over."

A yes vote backed the Congressional Black Caucus budget.

Voting yes: McCollum, Ellison, Nolan 

Voting no:  Walz, Kline, Paulsen, Bachmann, Peterson



WHITE HOUSE TOURS: Voting 45 for and 54 against, the Senate on March 19 refused to fund a resumption of public tours of the White House and visitor services at national parks that have been suspended because of spending cuts in the sequester.

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