The budget bill the U.S. House passed overwhelmingly on Thursday will need at least a little Republican support in order to win Senate approval, according to a Democratic leader. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said yesterday that least five GOP Senators will have to back the budget in order to overcome the threat of a filibuster. All three local congressmen supported it.
The two-year spending plan breezed through the House on a 332-94 vote Thursday, with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats voting for it. Local U.S. Congressmen Republicans Rodney Davis of Taylorville, John Shimkus of Collinsville, and Democrat Bill Enyart of Belleville all supported the measure with varying opinions on what it means for their districts. Enyart praised the measure that would return some defense funding, protecting civilian jobs at Scott Air Force Base. In a statement, Congressman Davis said it wasn't the best bill because it didn't go far enough to address deficit spending on the national debt, but was a small step in the right direction. So far, five Republican Senators have said they'll vote against the bipartisan budget. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell hasn't said yet what he intends to do when the measure comes up for a vote next week.