The Budget Control Act of 2011 has just passed the House 269–161. In the end, Republicans provided about two-thirds of the yes votes, along with 66 of the nays, while the Democratic caucus split right down the middle, 95–95. The Senate will vote tomorrow.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) marked her return to the House with the vote — she voted yes — and received a number of standing ovations. I’m hearing some suggestion that Giffords’ inspirational presence pushed several lawmakers to vote yes who might not have otherwise.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American ...

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