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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

House passes stopgap funding to avert federal shutdown

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 6:40 p.m.

The House on Tuesday approved a stopgap measure that would keep the federal government funded through March 18 and cut $4 billion in spending by targeting programs that President Obama has already marked for elimination.

The proposal, which passed the House on a 335-to-91 vote, now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass easily. The Senate has set a vote on the bill for 11 a.m. Wednesday; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Tuesday that Senate Democrats support the measure.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), addressing reporters in the Capitol shortly before Reid's news conference, said that Senate Republicans are also behind the House's short-term proposal.

If Congress does not pass a funding resolution by Friday, the federal government would be forced to shut down. But the apparent agreement between the two chambers makes that unlikely in the short term.

All but six Republican House members voted in favor. Among the Republicans opposing it was Rep. Steve King (Iowa). King tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he would vote no because it would not eliminate funding for the national health care law and would not include an amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that would bar federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

The other five Republicans opposing the measure were Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas), Justin Amash (Mich.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Ron Paul (Texas) and Walter Jones (N.C.).

House Democrats were divided on the measure: 104 Democrats backed it while 85 opposed it. Two members of Democratic leadership, Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), voted yes; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.) and Democratic Caucus Vice-Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) voted against it.

Ahead of the final vote, Democrats offered a motion that would have ended subsidies to oil companies. The measure failed on a 176-to-249 vote, with all but 13 Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting "no".

"Democrats are committed to fiscal responsibility and to ensuring that government lives within its means," said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill before the vote on the Democratic motion. "With Big Oil raking in record profits, this is a smart cut that lives up to that standard."

House Republicans hailed Tuesday's vote and urged the Senate to pass the measure; they also made the case that momentum for further cuts is on their side.

"I urge the Senate not to make any changes to this [resolution] and pass it in its current form to keep the government functioning as we work on a permanent measure to cut spending," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. "Furthermore, now that Congressional Democrats and the Administration have expressed an openness for spending cuts, the momentum is there for a long-term measure that starts to finally get our fiscal house in order."

A longer-term agreement is a more difficult challenge: The House last month passed a measure that would trim $61 billion over the seven months that remain in this fiscal year, while the Democrats who control the Senate reject that level of cuts as draconian.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 4:40 PM ET
 
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Now what are you going to do Dims? Sit on the budget bill? Hmm?

Dims, the party of No Show.

Posted by: screwjob25 | March 1, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Good news, bad news: the good news is that liberal Harry Reid has been reduced to the water boy for the House Republicans, rubber-stamping their bill to avert a shutdown. The bad news is that the House Republicans cut only $4 billion.

Posted by: 2012frank | March 1, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

At least they are talking to each other....

Posted by: SeniorVet | March 1, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse


85 loathsome Dims voted for government shutdown because they want more spending of your tax dollars, not less.

Posted by: screwjob25 | March 1, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Classic Republican priorities: no money for poor children, billions for oil companies.

Why do Republicans hate Americans?

Posted by: dpc2003 | March 1, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

2012 Frank, what color is the sky in your sad little world?

Posted by: richmond56 | March 1, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

GOP why can't we end the millions in taxpayer sudsidies given to the oil company's, they make millions off our back already with the gas and oil being so pricy. I am sure that would help cut a couple million(maybe even billion) dollars off the federal budget

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | March 1, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party's are for little girls with imaginary friends. Let's go cow tipping.

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand why Republicans support taxpayer money for welfare to the oil industry but insist that we must take away nutrition programs for poor unborn children and very young children. I think this stance makes it very clear who owns the Republicans and it isn't the American citizens. I also ask why do Republicans (and the Tea Party) hate the American working class?

Posted by: tahalver | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Ahead of the final vote, Democrats offered a motion that would have ended subsidies to oil companies. The measure failed on a 176-to-249 vote, with all but 13 Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting "no".
Soooo...WHY won't the GOP STOP paying oil companies 31 billion PER YEAR when they make $200 billion in profits and are doing a boffo business? Do those poor oil companies need the money to stay afloat? NO! It's because they are "in the tank" for their corporate benefactors. I DEFY any right-winger to justify those subsidies when our country has such a deficit from THEIR DAMN WARS.

Posted by: blosmurph | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse


Notice that leftist Nancy Pelosi voted for deliberate shutdown of the government.

These are the same feckless Dims who, even when they were in the majority, still refused to pass a budget last year.

Posted by: screwjob26 | March 1, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Is emergency funding in the Constitution? So much for citing Constitutional authority for their actions....

Posted by: bucinka8 | March 1, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The article says: Ahead of the final vote, Democrats offered a motion that would have ended subsidies to oil companies. The measure failed on a 176-to-249 vote, with all but 13 Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting "no".

How can we not love the deficit hawk Republicans for demanding to make permanent Bush tax breaks to the wealthy and continuing federal subsidies to the oil companies that make obscene profits on the backs of the working and non-working poor!

As long as the US of A has enough voting people who can't think by themselves, the Republicans don't have to worry about getting elected!

Posted by: samrtalec | March 1, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Just what you would expect from Peelosi and the party of NO, more obstructionism!!! No to cutting the deficit, no to cutting our dependency on foreign oil, no to adding more jobs, no to reducing govt regulation, no to securing out borders. But Yes to new taxes, yes to more waste, yes to funding abortions, yes to welfare for illegals

Posted by: mandinka2 | March 1, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

And so - just in the nick of time - the traditional annual pantomime show reached the usual expected happy ending...

...allowing the politicians to resume their lunches with lobbyists and the journalists to search new teapots for a fresh tempest.

Posted by: hanley12 | March 1, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Any reason why you Republicants haven't created JOB ONE yet?

...

500,000 US jobs for US citizens each month - promised.

less than 200,000 total so far

but you should have DELIVERED
500,000 US jobs in November
500,000 US jobs in December
500,000 US jobs in January
500,000 US jobs in February

... it's March 2011

stop making EXCUSES and stop creating H1-B jobs for foreigners to work in the US and hiring illegal workers at Big Business

only US jobs for US citizens count

PERIOD!

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 1, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

madinka2 wrote....
Just what you would expect from Peelosi and the party of NO, more obstructionism!!! No to cutting the deficit, no to cutting our dependency on foreign oil, no to adding more jobs, no to reducing govt regulation, no to securing out borders. But Yes to new taxes, yes to more waste, yes to funding abortions, yes to welfare for illegals

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All of which had nothing to do with the vote today, or the story here. And a characterization that is largely incorrect.

Posted by: RGee1 | March 1, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse


After the assault on the uions, if the House allows the government to shutsown, they can forget about winning in 2012...

Posted by: demtse | March 1, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely nothing about this vote that should please any Republican or Democrat.

Engaging in a protracted discussion of whether to fund the continued operation of the federal government is a tremendous waste of time and money and a distraction from the real work that the 535 elected Senators and Representatives should be doing.

In case or beloved elected officials haven't heard, the jobless rate in the US is still hovering near 10%, every day that goes by brings people who can't find jobs one day closer to the end of their unemployment benefits, nearly a quarter us have lost the flexibility to move in pursuit of better employment opportunities because our homes are worth less than we owe, and many of us live in states/cities that can no longer afford to provide basic services. Rather than grappling with these serious problems, our legislators are playing chicken with the federal employees' paychecks.

Posted by: exco | March 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, like I really want my tax dollars supporting those poor deprived souls in the oil industry that hasen't operated at a loss since I can remember - probably during the oil embargo when Carter was in office. Jeezus. What is WRONG with those people?

How the HELL can they call themselves fiscal conservatives? That is really complete BS. They'll cut payment to anyone who isn't filling their pockets with campaign funds. What a bunch of working class heroes. They can KMA.

Posted by: st50taw | March 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

And we'll have the fun of doing it all over again on March 18. Stopgap measures from a stopgap Congress. Heaven help us.

Posted by: sober1 | March 1, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the members who voted for and against, as well as some of the proposals in this initial bill to keep the country running, gives a very clear look at what the GOP is about. It's always money. Money for those who have lots of it - like the oil companies. And judging from some of the comments by ordinary Americans here, the Republicans continue to succeed at getting some voters to cheer against their own best interests. Interesting, because it borders on a sort of masochism to degrade and inhibit one's opportunity to improve one's station in life, and instead boost others, who hardly need it. Perhaps these people lack the wits to figure it out - it is surely not altruism! - and if so, a sad commentary on a lazy/uninformed electorate so prevalent in our society.

Posted by: robinx | March 1, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

GOP view:

Students doing so well in school...let's make cuts

Oil companies suffering ...lets subsidize

Posted by: xdougwhite | March 1, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

A Teabagger, a Union Member and a CEO are sitting at a table with a dozen cookies.

The CEO immediately takes 11 cookies for himself.

The CEO then turns to the teabagger and says, "Watch out for that union guy, he wants part of your cookie."

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 1, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Smart thinking from the Republican leadership.

Posted by: moebius22 | March 1, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"WAKE-UP" - You Ignorant 2-Party Suckers! - Criminal 'OIL' , and FOOD $Prices UP AN AVVERAGE OF 6-7% in the last 2-months,-- and then guess what America?-- The THUG CONGRESS-- "FUNNY-MONEY-PUSHERS" - say that Inflation is up 1/2% !! -- DA,- what a Criminal JOKE AMERICA!! -- Yet- YOU IGNORANT SHEEP- keep Voting either RED or BLUE!! -- - STUPIDITY TO THE MAX AMERICA!! -- - Yet YOU CONTINUE TO VOTE DEMOCRAT- or REPUBLICAN!? -- And continue to Support the THUG $BANKster "FED"- Economic RAPISTS!! -- "ENOUGH of this Criminal USURY $DEBT ""CRAP""!!!- - ABOLISH the so-called FEDERAL RESERVE-- privately $owned Bank of Globalist Cartel MAFIA THUGS!!! -- STOP Voting for this 2-Party "CRAP" ELITIST THUG GANGSTERS!!! -- -- ""ENOUGH"" of this Economic $DEBT RAPE of Our' Great REPUBLIC!!! -- WE need a new People's Patriot Party NOW AMERICA!!!

Posted by: jward52 | March 1, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

WE NEED ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN THE USA After watching the peaceful, purposeful and mindful revolution of Tunisia, Egypt and very soon in Libya and many other middle-east countries by their youth and masses, I am of the opinion that we Americans also need an another more democratic revolution where we all citizen can have our says rathe...r than few billionaires and their surrogates and puppets. Obama was elected by the majority of the poor and middle class Americans but soon he became a stooge of the hard core right wing goons who have already pocketed more than 780 billion dollar tax cuts from the coward Obama and now asking him to cut almost all the programs of poor and middle class Americans. Obama and his goons have no bones to ask them to place that 780 billion dollar on table but will surrender timidly looking for the prospects of 2012 election rather than the sufferings of the poor people. We need a revolution to change our Constitution to have one vote for each Americans and no special interest goons can enter any government building, no business or corporation or labor union can donate a single penny to the politicians. Hope, Americans will unite and start marching to their capitals and start voicing their demands otherwise we will have to plead to these Arabs masses to provide us moral help and courage to change our freedom and democracy.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | March 1, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Attention: the user "Screwjob25" is a known pedophile. It's advised you don't read any of his comments. Thanks.

Posted by: fartknocker99 | March 1, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

By cutting $4 Billion every 2 weeks,
it takes 16 years to eliminate our FY2011 $1.650 Billion Deficit
and our debt doubles to $28 Trillion

Posted by: Warof2010 | March 1, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

With gasoline poised to hit $5 to $7 per gallon this Spring we need another tax cut now!


Posted by: Maddogg | March 1, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The states are going bankrupt because wall street invented creative ways to package junk with triple AAA ratings, that ultimately were worthless. States invested money in this junk and are now paying for wall street. And instead of turning the blame on wall street you want to pin it on public workers. Talk about stupid and anti-American. If the richest Americans would pay their fair share, and would have been over the last decade, states and the Feds would be in fine standing. Instead all that money has been stolen from the bottom 90% of the population and given to the richest people on earth (the top 1%). Where are the taxes on dividends, high incomes, capital gains, and estates? They have sharply declined thanks to 30 years of tax cutting starting with Reagan and proceeded by Bush, Clinton and W. Stop thinking in such black and white terms. It's not Republicans vs. Democrats, it's the wealthy taking aim at the middle class.

Posted by: tylerdurden1 | March 1, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of bankers stealing $100,000,000,000,000 from taxpayers and get off free, while

teachers making $50,000 a year take the hit.

Major dysfunction in USA.


Posted by: Maddogg | March 1, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

So two weeks from now the GOP prances around again and threatens to shut down the government. And then two weeks from then . . . And then two weeks from then . . .

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 1, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

How is allowing an oil company to deduct expenses a subsidy? Only in the land of Washington, where the lack of an increase is a cut.

Posted by: overtaxedindc | March 1, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

overtaxedindc wrote at | March 1, 2011 5:40 PM:
How is allowing an oil company to deduct expenses a subsidy? Only in the land of Washington, where the lack of an increase is a cut.
------------------------------
Googling "oil subsidies" gave the link below as one of the results:
http://cleantech.com/news/node/554


Posted by: samrtalec | March 1, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

John Boener now favors BIG GOVERNMENT crushing the little unions.

John needs to get off the booze and stay off.


Posted by: Maddogg | March 1, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Attention: the user "Screwjob25" is a known pedophile. It's advised you don't read any of his comments. Thanks.

Posted by: fartknocker99
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So Screwjob25 is the pedophile and Screwjob26 is the necrophiliac? I have such a hard time separating Screwjob's multiple personalities.

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 1, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Today Speaker Boehner upgraded himself to Red from Orange.

He got the budget cut of $4,000,000,000 (count, full nine zeroes)!

The fact that Obama had already proposed the same cut does not matter.

The fact the Red on his face is due to the Slap does not matter.

And Tea Party Bites Dust. One more time. And that is Good.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 1, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

dems are

desperate

to prevent a govt shutdown

lest americans realize

almost all of

dc

is

redundant

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

govt shutdowns

are essential

to identify

and

name

"non essential" govt workers

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

So, the Democrats are kinda' split down the middle ~ just like they've been gutted and dressed ~ probably by that last election.

Now we know who's in favor of shutting down the government and who isn't.

I don't think the Democrat coalition will last through this session of Congress!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 1, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

From the day the demos blew the mid-term election, they've sat on their collective butts and DID NOTHING! It was THEIR responsibility to fund the government with a NEW budget.....but NOOOOO! they opted to TAKE the paycheck that WE THE TAXPAYERS provided and GIVE US NOTHING!! Not only did they lose the mid-terms, they should have been jailed for NOT DOING THE WORK WE PAID THEM TO DO!

Posted by: erodrik | March 1, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

All house republicans also voted down an amendment that would strip the top 5 oil companies of the federal subsidies worth tens of billions of dollars. This is great news. They are raking in massive profits, true, but I still don't mind giving them some of my tax money, just in case. These are great deserving great americans. CATO believes in it and therefor so do I. Without it who knows what would happen? You want to take that risk? These companies pay zero or close to in taxes... and it is not enough. Open your wallets and give generously. Any debt reductions need to be shouldered on the poor first and foremost. These are useless people.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | March 1, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The states are going bankrupt because wall street invented creative ways to package junk with triple AAA ratings, that ultimately were worthless.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gosh tyler....if you BUY "JUNK" do you really believe it to be "GOLD"? The term is CAVEAT EMPTOR! Or did you want the GIVERnment to tell you what to buy?? ;o)

Posted by: erodrik | March 1, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope you fools didn't hurt your brains. A puny 4 billion bucks. Boy, are you guys a bunch of pikers

Posted by: nomobarry | March 1, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

What's YOUR tax rate?
Wal-Mart? 34.2% on 401 billion in sales
Exxon? Paid NO TAXES last year
Chevron?$200M on $172 BILLION in sales.
Hewlett-Packard? 115M and has a 18.6% tax rate

You get the idea. Now add the GOP tax cuts for the 1% and up that earn from $1M-$270M for the KOCH Brothers and you've got the GOP's base and their favored tax bracket. But oh, yeah...let'd get those good fer nuthin' teachers and firemen! What is WRONG with you people that don't get this?

Posted by: blosmurph | March 1, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone checked with Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh on this ?
The Repubs better get all their hacks in agreement before they vote.

Posted by: wek41 | March 1, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

SACRED COW ALERT!!
ATTENTION ALL TEAPARTYERS!!
REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO SAVE BILLIONS BY CUTTING SUBSIDIES (WELFARE) TO OILS COMPANYS.
GO GET 'UM!! (OR ARE YOU TOO JUST FULL OF SACRED BULL S__T?

Posted by: dpichney | March 1, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

House Leader Boehner is showing himslef to be a truly great leader as he garners full bi-partisan support for this bill.....something Pelsoi refused to do. In the future the massive spending cuts will also gather this level of support to slam shut the overspending of the Obama socialist movement.

Posted by: Realist201 | March 1, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Any serious effort to reduce spending would entail a cut of at least $400 Billion. Anything short is just frosting.

Wanna really play the game?


Posted by: Maddogg | March 1, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

It's been known in Canada for a while and Europe is catching up. Many Americans are just plain dumb. They don't read, they're high on weight and sugar, and they listen to the constant lying of Fox news. That's why their beloved Republicans can give tax breaks to the super wealthy and starve poor kids. Wake up America. You are losing it.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | March 1, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm a federal employee and quite honestly, after reading the bill, I'd prefer for the government to SHUT DOWN. I hope that president Obama vetoes the bill because it essentially destroys the American economy and everything that he vowed to protect. I'm sick of sitting at my desk wondering what is going to happen. The Republicans are playing games with peoples lives and it seems as if they could care less. Please VETO the CR and work out a viable and sustainable solution to our budget crisis.

Posted by: DVine | March 1, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Additionally, what good will it do to pass a CR for 2 weeks. It only creates more uncertainty. Many federal agencies and offices are canceling meetings because we don't know what is going to happen after March 4th or March 18th. The Dems are showing that they are weak. The news media is not reporting what average American citizens want--trust me, the Dems will win in 2012...only if the demonstrate that they can stand up for what the voters want...We want jobs and economic stability. The CR eliminates thousands of jobs. Why on earth would anyone agree to pass such a useless bill?

Posted by: DVine | March 1, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

@cougartonyusa-You speak the truth!

Posted by: DVine | March 1, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

These little cuts are nothing more than cuts Obama already approved.

Congress needs to get serious and talk $400 Billion in cuts.

Posted by: Maddogg | March 1, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Upon reading some of these posts, it's obvious who is running this country. I'm quite sure more than 80% of the posters are paid by either the GOP or the DEMS. The real voice of America is not being heard and I'm sick of the facade. CNN, WP, FOX, Reuters, NYTimes, it's time to really represent the people, lest we have an uprising similar to Muslim countries.

Posted by: DVine | March 1, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If the CR passes; I'm finished with this so-called democracy. I will not vote! What's the purpose, my vote doesn't count. The GOP claims that the won in 2010, but I'm wondering how much of that was rigged and due to the fact that many young people have lost hope in the so-called "democratic" process. It's bogus. The polls are bogus too! As a social scientist I'm amazed at how many of these polls are biased and misconstrued. I have a PhD and live in a predominately black neighborhood, nevertheless, I've never been polled. The polls that congressman and senators use to base their decisions are bogus!

I think I'm in the wrong profession; perhaps I need to become a lobbyist for the people....the "real" people.

Posted by: DVine | March 1, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Who does Nancy Pelosi think she is talking to when she says that Democrats are committed to fiscal responsibility? The blind and deaf! Does she know that this nation is 14 trillion dollars in debt and she has the audacity to say the Democratic party is committed to fiscal responsibility! For such statements they all should be committed to institutions where there are bars on all the windows. Congress has completely failed the task of being fiscally responsible dating all the way back to 2001 and has now accrued a national debt that can never be paid off. One step however in the right directon would be to have the majority of our elected representatives resign tomorrow and be replaced by recent college graduates with degrees in business management. No previous political experience would be a requirement of each one of the new representatives.

Posted by: joe100821 | March 1, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

THE TIME IS FOR JOBS

NOT THE TIME FOR POLITICS

THANK YOU REPUBLICANS FOR STEPPING BACK

LETS WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE THE DEBT

WARS AND BANKS MORTGAGE,BUT WE ARE MKING PROGRESS

PAY FIRST THEN STOP SPENDING

Posted by: theoldmansays | March 1, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutely horrible - a compromise between Republicans and Democrats. Nothing will ever get done in a divided government if the two parties agree on legislation. More importantly, how can left wing and right wing nut jobs insult total strangers on Post message boards if the two parties start agreeing on things. This is horrible!

Posted by: Proudleftist | March 1, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Classic Republican priorities: no money for poor children, billions for oil companies.

Why do Republicans hate Americans?

Posted by: dpc2003 | March 1, 2011 4:48 PM

I totally agree. Wish we could "vote" for these comments. The Republicans are showing their true colors - they support the rich and big oil corporations, and do not support education, jobs, or health.

I am looking forward to 2012

Posted by: Whazzis | March 1, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the real problem the entitlements?

Posted by: bccb | March 1, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

LOL Republicans would threaten to kill a bill to keep the government going if the government subsidies to the oil companies would not be there

Ya, oil companies need our money! Stupid selfish Republicans.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | March 1, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

So, now that we've established $4B in cuts is the going rate for 2 weeks of operation, and there seems to be 30 weeks left in the FY, then $60B should be easy to reach. Except we're looking for $100B. Maybe somebody should read the GAO report.

d(^_^)b
http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Posted by: joefigliola1 | March 2, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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