BY JORDAIN CARNEY
The Senate passed a two-year budget deal early Friday morning that raises the debt ceiling, sending the agreement to President Obama’s desk.
The deal was approved after 3 a.m. in a 64-35 vote after a late speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who criticized the legislation as a blank check for President Obama to add to the nation’s debt.
“Both sides of the aisle have what I would call sacred cows. On the right, they have the sacred cow of military contracts. … The left wants more welfare,” he said, adding, “Should we give Congress more money? Hell no.”
Few other senators seemed interested in Paul’s speech, as the presiding officer repeatedly had to ask senators to keep their conversations down so that Paul could speak.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) tweeted her dissatisfaction, arguing the GOP presidential candidate was simply seeking attention for his campaign.
“Senate &staff all here at 1:55 am so that Pres candidate Rand Paul can send tweet out telling fans to watch him,” she said in a tweet.
Thirty-five Republicans opposed the deal, including Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who are facing tough reelection battles in blue-leaning states next year.
The legislation clears the calendar of major fiscal fights, including funding the government, until after the 2016 elections that will see Republicans defending 24 Senate seats.
The bill also drew strong pushback from conservative senators, who suggested leadership caved on the debt ceiling, negotiated in secret and tried to push the legislation through Congress on an expedited schedule.
“The bill is the product of an unfair, dysfunctional and undemocratic process — a process that is virtually indistinguishable from what we promised the American people a GOP-controlled Congress would bring to an end,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said from the Senate floor.
He added that the legislation “represents the last gasping breath of a disgraced bipartisan beltway establishment on the verge of collapse.”
Lee and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) circulated a letter ahead of the vote asking that their colleagues join them in rejecting the deal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was the only GOP presidential contender to vote for the package. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) all voted against it.
The Senate’s action on the agreement comes after House lawmakers passed the deal 266-167, including the support of 79 Republicans.
The package was a final legislative victory for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who officially submitted his resignation on Thursday.
It also gives new Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) breathing room as he settles in to the House’s top spot, allowing him to avoid what had been a looming Nov. 3 deadline to pass a debt bill and mid-December deadline to fund the government.
The deal suspends the limit on borrowing until March 16, 2017, leaving the next fight for Obama’s successor. It also raises spending levels above the 2011 Budget Control Act, increasing funding by $80 billion through September 2017.
It also includes changes to entitlement programs, including avoiding a premium hike for many Medicare enrollees and bolstering funding for Social Security’s disability trust fund.
With the deal headed to Obama’s desk — where he’s expected to sign it — lawmakers will now turn their attention to passing either 12 individual spending bills or one large omnibus bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to move spending bills earlier this year, but he was blocked by Democrats who wanted a larger budget deal.
Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged that his party would cooperate going forward, as long as Republicans don’t “mess up” the appropriations process.
“We’ll be happy to support next year individual appropriations bills coming to the floor. We don’t need motions to proceed,” he said from the Senate floor.
“We’ll be happy to move the bill as long as we get rid of those vexatious riders that have nothing to do with the bill brought before us.”
The entitlement culture has spiraled out of control during Obama’s time in office.
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Muslims want an independent, Shari’a compliant Muslim state in Oslo
by KURT NIMMO
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), a domestic intelligence agency, warns that Islamists are recruiting recently arrived illegal migrants at refugee centers.
“We have seen signs that extreme Islamists have approached the reception centers and asylum seekers. They have been there to get contacts. Aside from that, it’s difficult to say what their specific purpose is,” Jørn Presterudstuen of the PST told local media in Norway.
“We are of course worried about recruitment into radical circles: of course we are worried about every single person that may be recruited by extreme Islamists and their cause.”
The manager of a refugee center in Oslo cited one example where “an Islamist who has been in Norway for some years” tried to recruit Muslims.
“His message was that the West had helped to destroy his homeland and they had to stand together within Islam. It was very important that they continued to go to the mosque and followed the rules, particularly with regard to women,” Hugo Limkjær said.
In August, 2014, police in Norway received alert warning that the Scandinavian nation faced imminent attack by Ansar al-Sunna if it did not designate part of the country as an independent, Shari’a compliant Muslim state.
“We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society,” an earlier communique by the ISIS-affiliated group stated. “And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland become ours.”
“We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.”
Grønland is a district in Oslo, the nation’s capital, and it is reportedly patrolled by Shari’a enforcement gangs.
“It’s not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected. The police have largely given up,” a blogger wrote in 2011.
The same year police statistics showed that in Oslo 100 percent of rapes between strangers were committed by immigrant, non-Western males. Nine out of 10 of the victims were native Norwegian women.
“These men they do not attack their own,” noted a Norwegian rape therapist, Kristin Spitznogle. “They attack Norwegian women and a liberal culture they will not accept.”
In March the new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, began a program to deport radical Muslims. The effort resulted in a 31% reduction in violent crimes.
In October, 2014, the National Police Immigration Service of Norway deported 824 people. The previous month, 763 people were deported.
Most of the deportees, however, had not committed crimes and were deported because their asylum requests were denied.
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