The Hill, December 17, 2013
"To offset the restored sequester cuts, the bill would reduce federal employee retirement benefits by $6 billion. Military retiree benefits are also cut by $6 billion."
The Senate on Tuesday advanced a two-year budget deal in a 67-33 vote, setting the measure up for final passage.
Twelve Senate Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and Independents on Tuesday to advance the bipartisan budget deal approved in a landslide House vote last week. President Obama also supports the measure.
The bill sets top-line spending levels for 2014 and 2015 and reduces the sequester spending cuts by $63 billion over the next two years.
Despite opposition from conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, GOP Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Lamar Alexander (
Tenn.), Rob Portman ( Ohio), Roy Blunt ( Mo.),
John McCain ( Ariz.), Johnny Isakson ( Ga.), Orrin Hatch ( Utah),
Susan Collins ( Maine), Jeff Flake ( Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski ( Alaska)
and Ron Johnson ( Wis.)
voted to end debate on the measure.
The rest of the GOP conference, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ken.), who faces a tough reelection race next year, voted against it.
Sens. Marco Rubio (
Ted Cruz ( Texas)
and Rand Paul (Ken.) all voted no.