Most people don't know that the Senate passed a bill to spend 600 billion on Sept 23rd to avoid the debt limit which was reached in Oct. They wanted to avoid problems that would exist before the elections. The debt limit is now set to be reached in March of 2013. This also avoided the automatic 8% cuts on Gov. accross the board on Jan 1st 2013 which was passed by the gang of 12 who couldn't cut anything back in June. Google it! The dems and Repubs are very partisan when it comes to spending your money!