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Frankel breaks with other local House members and votes against budget deal

by George Bennett | December 13th, 2013

Concerns about Medicare, military pensions and unemployment insurance led Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, to vote no on budget deal.,

A bipartisan budget deal passed the House by a lopsided 332-to-94 margin on Thursday with three members of Palm Beach County’s delegation — Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar; and Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter — joining the majority. Former Palm Beach County delegation member Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, also supported the deal.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, voted no, joining a coalition of liberals (including Democratic Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Jan Schakowsky of Illiniois) and tea party conservatives (including Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Raul Labrador of Idaho) in opposition.

Said Frankel: “This budget deal is better than the status quo and it’s good to see bipartisan cooperation. With that said, because of the cuts to Medicare, reduction to military retirement payments and leaving millions of Americans desperate without any source of income because of failure to renew unemployment insurance, I voted no.”

23 Responses to “Frankel breaks with other local House members and votes against budget deal”

  1. BustedUpGrunt Says:

    This bipartisan budget agreement reduces annual cost-of-living pension increases for all military retirees under age 62, but NOT for annual cost-of-living pension increases of former members of Congress under 62, nor any other Civilian Federal, State, and Local Civil Service Government retirees under 62.
    The reduction is only for military retirees.

  2. Connie Says:

    It is amazing how an individual with such a dark past of leadership in the City of West Palm Beach can advance even higher, physically, to serve as a US Member of Congress. Ms. Frankel should be ashamed of herself serving in such a capacity. Not only Washington DC but city’s and states all over this country are under the leadership of vile individuals, mainly because of voter apathy and corrupt support bases.

  3. Nothing's Forever Says:

    Hardly surprising that Frankel wouldn’t vote for a bill that tried to slow down over spending.
    Fortunately the vast majority of the House understands that we can’t keep borrowing and printing to fund our massive government.

  4. wxman Says:

    Lois Frankel is an idiot. The Democrats are going to “give to everyone according to their need…. from everyone else according to their ability” …. KNOW WHAT THATS’S CALLED? COMMUNISISM!

  5. wxman Says:

    Lois Frankel is an idiot. The Democrats are going to “give to everyone according to their need…. from everyone else according to their ability” …. KNOW WHAT THAT’S CALLED? COMMUNISISM!

  6. wxman Says:

    COMMUNISM! Jesus…So angry I couldn’t even spell it right! LOL! Well gotta go to work so I can pay for more Obamacare, Foodstamps, WIC, Section 8 housing, unemployment checks, Government jobs, Government subsidies, earned income tax credits for low income workers… etc…. GRRRRRR!

  7. OBIWAN Says:

    Pure Political Theater…
    … the House burned by the rabid progressive liberal loon media for ‘shutting GOVT down’…
    … most of us loving it as the safest we have been in years…
    … the White House ‘selecting’ max pain / suffering / persecution is keeping over 90% of GOVT “open, with backpay”.. closing only fee for services Nat’l Parks and other things their Genrational Poverty Welfare Entitlementors won’t miss…
    …and the Senate Republicans so far considering a ‘filibuster’ to prevent no real budget reforms – except cutting those Military pensions and restoring $65 Billion in ‘sekestor’ 2% budget cuts??

    How about eliminating the GOA summarized $125 BN in welfare programs overlapping, redundant or duplicating each other… hey, ain’t no natural death for anything ‘welfare’??

    Yoa! Can we eliminate the GOA $125 BN in dept summarized Waste, Fraud and Abuse… hey, ain’t no way those pinheads will volunteer to ferret it out??

    VOILA! $250 BN annual budget cuts…
    … versus the palty $2.7 BN – they loaded in the 8th year and out??

    Meantime… Lois Frankel is every bit as productive as her mentor Hateful Harry Reid and our Pretender IN Chief… who have failed to submit a real budget for five years??

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  12. PGE Says:

    Cheers for Congresswoman Frankel. Those who voted for this bill to reduce veterans benefits should be ashamed of themselves. People are watching a taking names…don’t be surprised when the voters remember.

  13. Dave Says:

    Kudos to her for being one of the only ones to vote against slashing military retirement!

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