federal budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org en U.S. Senate Approves Budget Deal, Sends It To White House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-senate-approves-budget-deal-sends-it-white-house <p>As expected, the U.S. Senate has approved the compromise budget deal and sent it on to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.</p><p>The final Senate vote was 64-36.&nbsp; U. S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was among only three Republicans who had voted on Tuesday in favor of allowing the final vote – but then voted against the budget deal.</p><p>Blunt earlier had said he had&nbsp; objections to the compromise’s provisions, including cuts in some veterans’ pensions and reduced payments to Medicare providers, including physicians.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:35:12 +0000 Jo Mannies 32388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Senate Approves Budget Deal, Sends It To White House Illinois Representative Bill Enyart Discusses Budget Deal, Farm Bill, Scott AFB, More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-representative-bill-enyart-discusses-budget-deal-farm-bill-scott-afb-more <p>In the wake of the U.S. House vote on the federal budget, and looking ahead to the delayed vote for the Farm Bill and the future defense budget, Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart (D - Belleville) spoke with <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> host Don Marsh yesterday by phone.</p><p>Here's what he had to say on a few subjects.</p><p><strong>On his vote for the 2014 budget proposal, which passed in the House December 12.</strong></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:10:17 +0000 Camille Phillips 32381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Representative Bill Enyart Discusses Budget Deal, Farm Bill, Scott AFB, More Blunt To Oppose Final Passage Of Budget Deal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-oppose-final-passage-budget-deal <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has announced that he’s voting against the compromise budget deal, despite his comments a few days ago in which he urged U.S. House members to ignore conservative groups’ calls to defeat the measure.</p><p>Blunt telegraphed his intentions Tuesday morning via Twitter: "There’s no reason to block an up or down vote on the budget agreement, but I will vote NO on final passage."</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:34:45 +0000 Jo Mannies 32334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt To Oppose Final Passage Of Budget Deal U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-house-passes-budget-deal-amid-calls-blunt-and-others-ignore-opposition <p><em>Updated 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12</em></p><p>By a vote of 332-94, the U.S. House overwhelmingly backed a compromise two-year budget deal Thursday night -- in effect, rejecting pressure from conservative groups staunchly opposed to the measure.</p><p>The Senate is expected to swiftly follow suit.</p><p>Those in the House backing the bill included U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who appeared on CNBC's "Kudlow Report" after the vote to laud the budget deal's provisions as "gifts that will keep on giving."</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:41:40 +0000 Jo Mannies 32191 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition McCaskill Will Decline Federal Subsidy For Her Health Care Coverage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-will-decline-federal-subsidy-her-health-care-coverage <p><em>Updated at 1:43 p.m.</em>, <em>Thurs., Dec. 12</em></p><p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she’ll go online within a week to sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange – but she won’t be taking the federal subsidy to help cover the cost.</p><p>“I’m not going to take the ‘employer contribution,’ “ McCaskill told Missouri reporters during a conference call Wednesday, referring to the federal government’s share of the health insurance premiums for all federal employees.&nbsp; She added that her staff will take the subsidy, as most other federal employees will do.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:33:46 +0000 Jo Mannies 32157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Will Decline Federal Subsidy For Her Health Care Coverage Steelman criticizes Akin over federal budget bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/steelman-criticizes-akin-over-federal-budget-bill <p>Missouri&#39;s Republican U.S. Senate primary is only one day old, and Sarah Steelman already is criticizing Todd Akin over federal spending decisions.</p><p>Steelman on Wednesday criticized Akin for voting for a &quot;weak-kneed budget compromise&quot; last month among House Republicans and President Barack Obama that cut $38 billion in spending.</p><p>Steelman says Akin should have held out for the full $100 billion in cuts originally sought by House Republicans. She called Akin and congressional Republicans &quot;toothless dragons.&quot;</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 18:40:08 +0000 The Associated Press 1260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Steelman criticizes Akin over federal budget bill Illinois' U.S. senators: party leaders trying to avoid government shutdown http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-us-senators-party-leaders-trying-avoid-government-shutdown <p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/illinois-senators-weigh-federal-budget-negotiations-84715">Reporting</a> from WBEZ&#39;s Tony Arnold used in this report.</em></p><div class="body"><p>Illinois&#39; two U.S. senators are saying party leaders are trying to avoid a government shut down. Lawmakers are facing a Friday deadline to finalize the federal budget.</p><p>Illinois&#39; senior U.S. senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, said budget negotiations with House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner are close to wrapping up.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:32:59 +0000 WBEZ 873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois' U.S. senators: party leaders trying to avoid government shutdown Lacy Clay opines on government shutdown, Libyan intervention http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lacy-clay-opines-government-shutdown-libyan-intervention <p>Though he says a government shutdown would be &quot;tragic,&quot; Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay says he doesn&#39;t expect Republicans and Democrats to be able to reach an agreement on a budget for this year before a <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lawmakers-face-another-budget-showdown-2011-03-28">temporary spending plan</a> expires next Friday.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:04:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 821 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lacy Clay opines on government shutdown, Libyan intervention Blunt blames fed. budget deadlock on last Congress http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-blames-fed-budget-deadlock-last-congress <p>U.S. Senator <a href="http://blunt.senate.gov/public/">Roy Blunt</a> of Missouri is blaming the current federal budget deadlock on the last Congress.</p><p>The Senate on Wednesday rejected a budget proposal approved by the Republican-controlled House, as well as an alternative favored by Democrats. Blunt, a Republican from Springfield, says the new Congress did not create this environment; the previous one, controlled by Democrats, did.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:58:33 +0000 Bill Raack 703 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt blames fed. budget deadlock on last Congress