Jewish leaders react with mixed feelings to passage of U.S. budget bill

Jewish leaders reacted with mixed feelings to the passage of a U.S. bill on Tuesday that will allow the U.S. government to continue borrowing money – so long as it makes certain budget cuts. The bill was passed in both houses on Congress following several weeks of nerve-wracking negotiations between U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration.

The House of Representatives supported the plan, voting on Monday 269 against 161. The leading Democrats voted for it, however they criticized its focus on cuts with no revenues, while the Republicans insisted that taxes not be raised.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords cast her vote for the first time since sustaining a gunshot wound to the head seven-months-ago in Tuscon, Arizona, making the event even more dramatic and significant.


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