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HUFFPOST HILL – Congress Passes Budget, Catastrophe Postponed

What a beautiful day! Did you pay any attention at work? Yeah, neither did we. The Universe conspired in 1993 to have Sarah Palin and Ivana Trump meet. Ray LaHood is TIRED of telling people that he will not SLEEP until those narcoleptic air …

What a beautiful day! Did you pay any attention at work? Yeah, neither did we. The Universe conspired in 1993 to have Sarah Palin and Ivana Trump meet. Ray LaHood is TIRED of telling people that he will not SLEEP until those narcoleptic air traffic controllers are caught. And Congress passed a bill that will avert a fiscal catastrophe for about a month, at which point Jim DeMint will derail the debt ceiling vote and America will turn into an annex of Guangdong province. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, April 14th, 2011:

CONGRESS PASSES BUDGET, CATASTROPHE POSTPONED – Both chambers of Congress today approved the agreement reached last Friday to fund the government for the rest of 2011. The House passed the measure 260-167 with 59 Republicans breaking rank, meaning the GOP needed Democratic support to pass the measure. Thirty-eight Democrats were needed to pass the measure, one for each billion of the bill’s $38 billion worth of cuts. The House chamber being a place where natural-born leaders gather, fewer than 150 members had voted yes when the vote time expired, with scores waiting to see where their colleagues would fall before taking the plunge. While Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi voted “no,” Minority Whip Steny Hoyer voted for the bill. The two are scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Eleanor Holmes Norton tonight. That’ll be weird. [HuffPost’s Liveblog]

The Senate passed the bill 81-19. On the Republican side, Tea Party favorites Jim DeMint, Rand Paul and Mike Lee were among those voting against the bill while Carl Levin, Ron Wyden and Bernie Sanders voting against it from the left. The upper chamber also voted down proposals to de-fund health care and Planned Parenthood. [HuffPost’s Liveblog]

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