Nightly News | April 14, 2011
>>> to washington today, on capitol hill . no frommy like last friday night when the possible government shutdown was looming, hanging over everyone pftsz head. today, just a vote to pass there budget. now we transition nicely into the next fight, even bigger, over the national debt . kelly o'donnell has the story from the hill. good evening.
>> reporter: hi, there, brian. the house and senate wrote the check to get the government going this year, but john boehner had to sell hard to try to keep conservatives who want bigger cuts on board.
>> the house will be in order.
>> reporter: defending the knujt deal that kept the government open, pespeake eer boehner knew dozens of problems would bolt, and they did.
>> is it perfect, no? but welcome to divided government .
>> most democrats rejected the plan, but without enough republicans to pass it, democrat support made the difference.
>> the yeas are 260. the nays are 267.
>> it eliminates more than $38 billion over the next six months. that includes money that would not have been spent skna. budgeted for things like earmarks.
>> these are real spending cuts.
>> a charge boehner took on himself.
>> every dime in this bill that is cut is a dime that washington will spend if we leave it on the table wrarb.
>> the budget deal came with strings. congress had agreed to take separate votes on two hot-button issues that republicans demanding. defunding the president's law, and funding for planned parenthood .
>> it would have a devastating impact on women pfts health across the country.
>> an even bigger fight issoever here over raising the country's borrowing limit and how to get control over the $14 trillion deficit.
>> the debate ahead of us is more than spending levels. it's about the role of government itself.
>> looking inside the house vote, unusual agreement from two indz of the spectrum. nancy pelosi and michelle bachman voted no on the deal, suggesting both parties got some and gave some to get the government going.
>> kelly, thanks.