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Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

U.S. Senate Approves Budget Deal, Sends It To White House

With Senate vote, Congress has approved compromise budget
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As expected, the U.S. Senate has approved the compromise budget deal and sent it on to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.

The final Senate vote was 64-36.  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.

Blunt earlier had said he had  objections to the compromise’s provisions, including cuts in some veterans’ pensions and reduced payments to Medicare providers, including physicians.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Illinois Representative Bill Enyart Discusses Budget Deal, Farm Bill, Scott AFB, More

Represenative Bill Enyart
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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 St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh yesterday by phone.

Here's what he had to say on a few subjects.

On his vote for the 2014 budget proposal, which passed in the House December 12.

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Politics & Issues
12:34 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Blunt To Oppose Final Passage Of Budget Deal

Sen. Roy Blunt will oppose the two-year budget deal.
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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.

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."

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Politics & Issues
10:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

U.S. House Passes Budget Deal Amid Calls From Blunt And Others To Ignore Opposition

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is asking the U.S. House GOP delegation from Missouri to ignore outside pressure in budget debate.
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Updated 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

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.

The Senate is expected to swiftly follow suit.

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."

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Politics & Issues
2:33 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

McCaskill Will Decline Federal Subsidy For Her Health Care Coverage

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will buy her health insurance on the federal exchange but will not use the federal employer subsidy.
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Updated at 1:43 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 12

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.

“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.  She added that her staff will take the subsidy, as most other federal employees will do.

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Sarah Steelman / Todd Akin
1:40 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Steelman criticizes Akin over federal budget bill

Sarah Steelman.
(File Photo/Originally from Steelman's website)

Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary is only one day old, and Sarah Steelman already is criticizing Todd Akin over federal spending decisions.

Steelman on Wednesday criticized Akin for voting for a "weak-kneed budget compromise" last month among House Republicans and President Barack Obama that cut $38 billion in spending.

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 "toothless dragons."

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Federal Budget
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Illinois' U.S. senators: party leaders trying to avoid government shutdown

Illinois' two U.S. Senators, Republican Mark Kirk (l) and Democrat Dick Durbin.
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Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold used in this report.

Illinois' 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.

Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, said budget negotiations with House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner are close to wrapping up.

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William Lacy Clay
6:04 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Lacy Clay opines on government shutdown, Libyan intervention

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.)
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Though he says a government shutdown would be "tragic," Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay says he doesn't expect Republicans and Democrats to be able to reach an agreement on a budget for this year before a temporary spending plan expires next Friday.

The extension is the sixth since the federal budget expired in September 2010. And Clay says the U.S. House is in "total disarray," with Congressional Republicans choosing to advance policies simply to hurt the Obama administration.

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Federal Budget / Roy Blunt
4:58 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Blunt blames fed. budget deadlock on last Congress

Then-U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt in 2010. Now-U.S. Sen. Blunt says the new Congress did not create the current environment regarding federal budget negotiations; the previous one, controlled by Democrats, did.
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is blaming the current federal budget deadlock on the last Congress.

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.

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