Thursday, December 12, 2013
(Washington, DC) -- Final debate is underway in the House on a bipartisan budget deal. If approved by the House and Senate, the two year plan will avoid another spending showdown in January. Supporters call the deal a compromise which does not raise taxes, lowers the deficit and raises spending above levels set in the so-called sequester. Conservative Republicans are unhappy that the deal does not do more to reduce debt. Many Democrats are angry that the deal does not include an extension of longterm unemployment benefits. About one-point-three million people will lose their jobless benefits December 28th unless Congress acts.