U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said he will oppose a two-year budget agreement that cleared a key Senate hurdle on Tuesday and is expected to keep the government open through 2015.
The bill passed the Republican-controlled HouseÂ of Representatives on Thursday in a 332-94 vote. It’s now being considered in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, andÂ could win congressional approvalÂ this week.
â€œI will vote against the budget agreement because it avoids the federal governmentâ€™s most urgent need: reducing the growth of runaway entitlement spending,” said Alexander, a Tennessee Republican. “Instead, it spends savings that should be used to strengthen Medicare, pensions, and the air transportation system.”
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican whose district includes Oak Ridge, supported the legislation last week.
Passage of the bill is likely toÂ offer relief to federal employees and government contractors in Oak Ridgeâ€”and to the businesses that support them. Many reported impacts during the last partial government shutdown in October. [Read more…]