Schumer: Bipartisan budget bill is ‘breakthrough’

  • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:11 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:07 a.m.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves the chamber Thursday evening Dec. 12, 2013, as the House holds final votes before leaving for the holiday recess, at the Capitol in Washington. Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves the chamber Thursday evening Dec. 12, 2013, as the House holds final votes before leaving for the holiday recess, at the Capitol in Washington. Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bipartisan budget bill is ‘breakthrough’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — A leading Senate Democrat says its “safe to say” a compromise budget bill avoiding a government shutdown will pass the Senate this week.

New York’s Chuck Schumer said he believes most members of his party will back the $85 billion legislation and at least four Republicans will join them on passage. Supporters say they want to get it to President Barack Obama’s desk before lawmakers break for the holidays.

Schumer tells MSNBC Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won’t let the legislation “go down.”

Schumer acknowledges Democrats are disappointed there’s no extension of unemployment benefits, but says that will likely be taken up in a separate bill. He calls the House bill “a breakthrough” in the gridlock that has limited much of Congress’s legislative acumen in recent years.

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