P.L. 113-67, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (11 comments ↓ | 17 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.J. Res. 59 would amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, establish a congressional budget, and increase payments to physicians in the Medicare program.

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    and decreases their $177,384.01 share of the national debt by $637.35.
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September 17, 2013, 10:35pm (report abuse)

If our government (House and Senate) cannot pass a budget they are not doing their job. I hope that all of the people who are monitoring bills like this one will write their representatives and let them know that they are not happy with the job they are doing,

Clyde William

September 23, 2013, 12:21am (report abuse)

I am in favor of defunding Obamacare now. This travesty should be thrown in the trash and forgotten.

cw currier

September 23, 2013, 2:36pm (report abuse)

The basic functions of government need to be funded, so pass the bill that does that and without "Obamacare" (a misnomer since it was 100% the product of the then Democrat-controlled Congress), if the polls can be believed, the wide majority of taxpayers who have to pay for it do not want it. The members of the House are listening to their constituents, as they should, but the Senate Democrats seem to be deaf. They seem, rather, to be driven by a combination of personal ideaology and the politial need to support the party champion at all costs and pander to the something-for-nothing crowd. The need for medical reform is obvious, but not via the potpouri of patchquilt, ill-conceived, counterproductive and disconnected ideas comprising this thing called "Obamacare."


(logged-in user) September 25, 2013, 8:56pm (report abuse)

The government cannot be run this way! The 40% of ONE Chamber of Congress cannot FORCE their ideology on the entire country! Especially when the majority of the people seem to want to try Obamacare.

It really doesn't matter what the subject under blockade is, however, It's the tactic itself that is intolerable and is certainly not "democracy!" It's insanity.


September 26, 2013, 9:27am (report abuse)

One house can stop a process...that's the beauty of our system...it's the failsafe's that override one branch having total control over a process giving a voice to the other side. ObamaCare is a train wreck. The ball's is now in the Senate's court. Let's see who's a fighter in that arena....


(logged-in user) September 27, 2013, 12:26pm (report abuse)

If these few fools were blocking something you liked, you'd be singing another tune! It doesn't matter WHAT the item is - this TACTIC cannot be used to run a representative government.

Open your eyes.

Tim Wenzel

September 30, 2013, 10:49am (report abuse)

It doesn't appear to the general public that Congress is doing its job. This popular view uses the perspective of alleged news media outlet "reports". Facts don't lie, and what the house is partly trying to do is protect the overwhelming minority of Americans who will quite simply pay more for health insurance. An example which has all but disappeared from the public's view: disabled and/or homeless veterans. The Affordable Healthcare Act was partially intended to provide an easy means for this group to get the healthcare they "deserve" and "earned". I got my flyer (IB 10-532) from the Veterans Administration in the mail which ultimately states that if a veteran doesn't register, simply register, that there are possible fines of up to $695 or 2.5% (in 2016) of taxable income just for not registering ahead. How the Hell is a homeless vet going to even get this mailer? When and if they arrive at the VA to get healthcare under these new rules, they will be socked with fines!


October 6, 2013, 12:34pm (report abuse)

DO not enact ObamaCare into law or I will do whatever I can within legality to make sure everyone I know makes sure you who were responsible for this damage in the aftermath of ObamaCare will not serve in any office or part of the government after your term expires.

The government of the United States as written in the constitution of the United States is the most amazing document ever conceived of, please remember that you serve the american people not control us, I have never in my life been so involved in the government because I am a new father and I don't want her generation paying the price of all the mistakes of a runaway government. Do your jobs and remember your job is to serve the american people, not yourselves. The Government shutdown shows you that your arrogance as president of a country you openly admittedly to not even being qualified to serve as president will go down in history as the worst administration ever to illegally take office.


October 7, 2013, 12:11pm (report abuse)

This shut down is ridiculous all because Obama needs to

"put on his big-boy pants" and give American individuals

the same one year extension he has given to the "select"

few" on Obamacare. Do something right for a change

that the American people do want. Pure arrogance and

stupidity as far as I am concerned. Grow up POTUS

and this will all be over and done.


(logged-in user) December 16, 2013, 10:31am (report abuse)

The comments above refer to the bill when it was a continuing resolution and before it became the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

Jack Lancellotta

January 7, 2014, 3:50pm (report abuse)

In the ongoing Budget procedural negotiations, we wanted to continue to bring forth the very need and necessity to implement more modern , fair-minded and actual quality of life issues with our country's SSI Recipients - especially avoiding very archaic and disheartening penalties to so many that are punished way too needlessly... in their crises of ill heath, life-long dependency and personal isolation .

Please do consider our support from the federal agency that advises the President & Congress on such issues - The National Council on Disability, which advocates the immediate raising of the minimum asset-testing standard ~ that have been extraordinary latent in over twenty-five(25) years ~ for all SSI Recipients.

The then-pending SSI SAVERS ACT and A.B.L.E. Act and together such measures can be fully realized to assure the protection, stability fortification of our most vulnerable population of young/youth Disabled and elderly poor.

Blessed NEW YEAR!

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