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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Reid pushes for stop-gap plan to keep government funded at current level

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Tuesday that he will introduce a measure next week to keep the federal government running for 30 days at current funding levels.

The move sets the stage for a showdown with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who late last week announced that House Republicans will oppose any short-term funding measure that does not include additional budget cuts.

On Wednesday, Republican aides confirmed that House GOP leaders planned to introduce a two-week measure that would keep the government running through March 18 at reduced levels.

"To avoid a shutdown and give us time to negotiate a responsible path forward, I have asked Sen. [Daniel] Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to prepare a clean Continuing Resolution that I can bring to the floor next week," Reid said in a statement Tuesday. "Since this bill is intended to fund vital services like Social Security, our military and border security, it should have no legislation or riders tied to it. This bill will include the $41 billion in budget cuts that Democrats and Republicans agreed to in December, and will keep the government running for 30 days while both sides can negotiate a common-sense, long-term solution."

The $41 billion in cuts mentioned by Reid is based on President Obama's proposed 2011 budget, which was never enacted. The short-term resolution would actually keep the government funded at current levels.

The measure currently funding the federal government is set to expire March 4. The House early Saturday morning passed its version of a longer-term funding measure that would cut more than $61 billion across federal agencies over the next seven months. But Senate Democrats are opposed to those cuts, which they argue are too deep, and both chambers are likely to need several more weeks to hash out a compromise.

That means that both chambers must agree to a stop-gap measure to keep the government funded, likely for several weeks, or else a government shutdown will ensue.

Boehner said in a statement Tuesday that if Reid does not bring the House-passed legislation up for a vote, "then the House will pass a short-term bill to keep the government running -- one that also cuts spending."

"Senate Democratic leaders are insisting on a status quo that has left us with a mountain of debt and a stalled economy with unemployment near 10 percent," Boehner said. "That is not a credible position. Republicans' goal is to cut spending and reduce the size of government, not to shut it down. Senator Reid and the Democrats who run Washington should stop creating more uncertainty by spreading fears of a government shutdown and start telling the American people what -- if anything -- they are willing to cut."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also criticized Reid's announcement in a statement, arguing that "keeping bloated spending levels in place and, predictably, proposing even more tax increases, is simply unacceptable."

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined to say whether Senate Democrats would agree to a stop-gap measure that would cut funding below current levels. Schumer said that Reid had "offered an olive branch to House Republicans, and they flatly rejected it."

While congressional leaders from both parties insist that their goal is not to shutter the federal government, both Democrats and Republicans have been accusing each other of rooting for a shutdown.

"Speaker Boehner is a smart, reasonable man, and I have a great deal of personal respect for him," Schumer said. "He remembers what happened in 1995 when Newt Gingrich pursued a similar policy and forced a shutdown. I take Speaker Boehner at his word that he doesn't want to repeat that mistake, but he is under intense pressure from the right wing, both outside Washington and inside his caucus. And he's being misled and pushed around by his conservative freshmen who don't remember what happened in 1995 and not only don't fear a government shutdown, but they actually say they welcome one."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) reiterated in a statement earlier Tuesday that Republicans don't want a shutdown.

"As I said this morning, a government shutdown is not an acceptable outcome, and I again call upon Leader Reid to commit take that threat off the table and find areas to actually cut spending from the levels we are currently operating at," Cantor said. He added that Reid's "smoke-in-mirrors version of spending cuts doesn't pass the smell test and it won't get us any closer to living within our means just like every business and family throughout the country is doing."

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 22, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
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Nevada...... thank you ever so much for allowing us the pleasure of watching your Senator for another 6 years. Yeah.... thanks alot.

Posted by: nosuchluck | February 23, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Ryan and budget slashers like you, if you cut or eliminate the few remaining federal programs that I benefit from LOCALLY, what am I really getting for all the tax dollars that I send to Washington every month? Can I expect a reduction in my taxes if you eliminate such local programs? Mr. Bush, a member of your Party, wasted my tax dollars on a stupid war with Iraq, and for what? Do you think I care if Iraq is democratic, if that even happens? No, I don’t. Why should anyone care? My request is that your Party quit trying to rip me off. And maybe you should vote to lower your hefty salaries and enviable perks.

Posted by: MikeK3 | February 23, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

balance the budget here you go:
cut defense spending by 10 percent. that is like $100 billion. repeat the Bush tax cuts on everyone.

Posted by: isometruman1 | February 23, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

balance the budget here you go:
cut defense spending by 10 percent. that is like $100 billion. repeat the Bush tax cuts on everyone.

Posted by: isometruman1 | February 23, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

What is it going to take for the White House and Harry Reid to "get the message?" A shut down, with the constituents who voted for Reid all calling him to tell him to "listen to us." We have to cut spending. If it takes a shut down because Reid and the White House are not listening to the voters. . then that is what it is going to be.

Posted by: lou4747A | February 23, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of Harry Reid explaining how Social Security is fine when it's $45 Billion in the red this year. I'm tired of trying to talk math to liberals who only speak "social justice".

If Democrats can't hear what the voters and auditors are saying...

SHUT IT DOWN!

...and leave it shut, until Reid & Co. feel the pain we have for the past two years. I'll take care of my parents and
my kids if neccessary (we are country folks), but I'm sick and tired of taking care of able bodied folks asking:
"Where's my check?"

Posted by: BluePelican | February 23, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

He still has no sensitivity to the fact that we are completely bankrupt.

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | February 23, 2011 6:37 AM | Report abuse

I wish the Democrats would stop the lies on how their counter parts - Republicans - are honest and trustworthy. Americans know that is NOT true, only the Democrats being polite. It is time to stop this rhetoric becuase Republicans are haters of middle class, low income families and our president. Democrats must tell the facts on Republicans' goal to stop our economic progress. Republicans are cutting deep and long on their budget for programs that ONLY affect middle and low income families. They are NOT touching their wealthy associates and corporations. Democrats need to stand in front of the media and have them ask Republicans why are they so concerned about giving tax payer subsidies to oil companies, tax credits to the wealthiest, including companies that outsource. We are in this economic downfall only because of Republicans and their relationship with Wall Street big wigs that are still getting big big bonuses and giving the Republicans a nice share. Then we have the SUpreme courts so called justices like Clarence Thomas and Scalia that are NOT trustworthy which is why their is no longer a limit on contributions to campaigns. We loose democracy and the middle class and low income families have to cover the budget deficits. Republicans must be voted out in 2012 so folks you have a voice, please come out in 2012.We need to get Republican governors out as well as the Republicans in our House of Representatives and Senate. Please let's NOT be pulled backwards again by Republicans - they do NOT care about working class people. Walker of WI is trying to shut out collective bargaining and telling a lie to do it. He has concessions from the union to help contribute to healthcare and pensions but Walker is like Boehner, he will NOT compromise. So this proves we must vote in 2012. God bless the USA.

Posted by: netstoy | February 22, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Simple mathematics: When you have 5 apples and give them to John, nothing happens.

How could anyone pretend to reduce the dificit and lay off people at the same time?

John Boehner said: "so be it." Easy to say when you have millions.

Posted by: selenepe | February 22, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Perplexingly, the Republican House of Representatives, in conspiracy with all GOP Governors, is actively pushing for “active layoffs.” (What ever happened to their promise of “jobs, jobs, jobs," that worked so well for them back in November?)

After the GOP took over the House of Representatives, Majority Leader John Boehner said, "The message from the electorate wasn't clear. In exit polls, 37 percent said the highest priority of Congress should be “spending to create jobs.” The nearly equal priority was reducing the deficit, which 37 percent said was their No. l goal." Now that they got the "car keys back", Republicans chose to ignore half of the electorate who expressed job creation as a priority.

The Republican agenda is, thus, clear: raising the unemployment rate at all costs so that Democrats may be blamed for the debacle when election time comes in 2012.

In the meantime, as they get away with their unconscionable actions, the middle class and the poor are profusely bleeding.

Posted by: selenepe | February 22, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Our politicians know that the current spending levels are not sustainable, but they are not willing to try to solve the problem. What's next? When the sanae get control of the corrupt senate, are the democrats going to leave the country. Our government has failed. It is dysfunctional, and no one (including the president) is willing to face up to the problem. They are all corrupt cowards!

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | February 22, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: budshi
You do know that most people in the private sector work for small business? Did you know that the majority of growth in the last two years has been in the government sector?

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:38 PM


You guys forget that little thing called a recession. You know where business stop hiring and lay people off. Bet ya that prior to the recession small business were hiring like crazy out pacing the government.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | February 22, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse
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Now if only that was true....but it is not now nor has it ever been. Either you are disingenuous or just stupid.

Posted by: steelers01 | February 22, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me why we should extend tax breaks to people who make BILLIONS and cut spending for those who are retired, on SSI or are poor? As I understand it, many if not most of those at the top income levels did not pay ANY tax in 2010.

If Republicans shut down the government, we need to shut down this party of special interests and the one with no interest for the majority of Americans

Posted by: jgmayne | February 22, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me why we should extend tax breaks to people who make BILLIONS and cut spending for those who are retired, on SSI or are poor? As I understand it, many if not most of those at the top income levels did not pay ANY tax in 2010.

If Republicans shut down the government, we need to shut down this party of special interests and the one with no interest for the majority of Americans

Posted by: jgmayne | February 22, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Does Harry Reid have a clue that "We the People" are out of money and congress has previously run up charges on our credit card to the point of being maxed out?
Is Harry Reid aware of this or is he really that ignorant?

Posted by: rteske | February 22, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Republicans refuse to negotiate or even consider a compromise. But, they claim it's all Dems who want the shutdown. Their side: We'll compromise as long as you do it our way. How many times do they get to stomp their feet and hold their breath before we just let them pass out? Offer cuts with the budget extension, and they'll claim it's not enough (in fact, already have). Cutting the budget isn't about saving money, it's about getting rid of the programs they don't like! There's no cut on subsidies for oil companies who don't need it. No cuts on tax breaks for millionaires. Only cuts on gov't agencies overseeing the oil companies, giant corporations and Wall Street, funding for unemployment, students who can't afford to pay all of their own tuition, education, WIC, food stamps, funding for community programs, etc. But, if the Dems won't approve the cuts they want, it's their fault gov't shuts down. Of course, if they approve them, then the average American shuts down. Oh well, of course it's not the Republicans fault. Then, if the cuts lead to more homeless, starving Americans,they will blame it on a Dem controlled Senate. Republicans never take the blame for their actions - look at Bush!

Posted by: Indy60 | February 22, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: budshi
You do know that most people in the private sector work for small business? Did you know that the majority of growth in the last two years has been in the government sector?

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:38 PM


You guys forget that little thing called a recession. You know where business stop hiring and lay people off. Bet ya that prior to the recession small business were hiring like crazy out pacing the government.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | February 22, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have a majority in the House.
They have long claimed that spending bills should start there.
Where is the budget?
Forget about backroom deals.
You already have a reputation.
Any budgets can be made in public.
Other than that, the full faith and credit of the Republican party is not worth a Continental!
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | February 22, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Reid should offer this super, duper cost cutting idea to Boehner; rescind the tax cuts the Repubs screamed and held their breath for in December!Oh, and raise capital gains and estate taxes while your at it. I wish Reid had the brains and the ba--s to suggest that!

Posted by: bywb1949 | February 22, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I’ve got your budget cuts right here so you do not have to cut education, child nutrition, NPR, public safety, infrastructure investment and jobs:

PORK - PORK - PORK - PORK - PORK - PORK - PORK - PORK

I want my babyback..babyback..babyback, I want my babyback..babyback..babyback….Billions

End the jobs killing Tens of Billions of taxpayer subsidies ($16,349,000,000 in 2009) going to already Rich Cattle, Feedstock, Cotton, Corn and Sugar farming conglomerates. These subsidies raised obesity rates and health care costs and lowered worker productivity. Stop killing jobs and Americans by subsidizing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. End that $160~$200 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates waste of taxpayer dollars first before touching anything else.

Farm Subsidy Database:
http://farm.ewg.org/region?fips=00000®name=UnitedStatesFarmSubsidySummary

Recipients of Total USDA Subsidies to farms in United States totaled $16,349,000,000 in 2009;
http://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=00000&progcode=total&page=0&yr=2009

End the Tens of Billions in tax subsidies going to Oil and Coal companies. Make Coal and Gas drilling companies pay for their pollution and environmental damage. End the tax breaks that allow them to pay the lowest percentage of taxes since the 1950’s while the industry is raking in record hundreds of billions in profits.

A recent Harvard study “Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal” found that the lifecycle of coal coast Americans $300~500 Billion a year (17.8cents/KWh).

http://www.energyboom.com/yes/harvard-study-estimates-coal-power-has-300-500-billion-hidden-costs

Massey Energy, paid an average of 5.6 percent of its profits in federal income taxes over the last three years, despite large profits (1/6th of federal 35% rate).

http://www.wvpolicy.org/downloads/news_releases/NR041510.pdf

$4 to $6 Trillion is the cost for the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

The solution in Afghanistan: Get out

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021705822.html

“the costs of Iraq and Afghanistan, including interest payments on the money borrowed for these wars and care for our wounded soldiers and veterans, is likely to total $4 trillion to $6 trillion”

Posted by: Airborne82 | February 22, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The negativity of the GOP is appalling. Senator Reid has proposed a 30 day extension so cuts and problems can be worked out without shutting down the government. He has suggested working with the current budget plan initiated by the president, but the House is still working on their version of the budget that should have been proposed last year. Got that?

The House leaders say they don't want to shut the government down, but they keep proposing unintelligible roadblocks to keep that from happening. They need lessons in simple logic, but even that I fear would not enable them to see beyond being obstructionists and egotists. A severe case of incompetence. It's so easy to see now how they gummed things up for 8 years and left this mess to Obama.

Posted by: robinx | February 22, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The negativity of the GOP is appalling. Senator Reid has proposed a 30 day extension so cuts and problems can be worked out without shutting down the government. He has suggested working with the current budget plan initiated by the president, but the House is still working on their version of the budget that should have been proposed last year. Got that?

The House leaders say they don't want to shut the government down, but they keep proposing unintelligible roadblocks to keep that from happening. They need lessons in simple logic, but even that I fear would not enable them to see beyond being obstructionists and egotists. A severe case of incompetence. It's so easy to see now how they gummed things up for 8 years and left this mess to Obama.

Posted by: robinx | February 22, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

SORRY TO BREAK ANY OF THE SELF IMPOSED BUBBLES SO MANY OF THESE POSTS EMPLOY. WE ALL SEEM TO FORGET THAT THIS IS AMERICA........ONE NATION AND NOT "I GOT MINE AND TO HELL WITH YOURS."
I'M AN OLD MAN..ACCUSTOMED TO BI-PARTISAN POLITICS OVER 50+ YEARS OF ADULT LIFE BUT THE TONE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS HAS CHANGED TO HATRED OF THE OTHER SIDES-OPINION. "IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY."
I'M REALLY SORRY FOR YOU POOR BASTARDS SERVING IN CONGRESS TODAY BUT I AM NOT SURPRISED WHEN I SEE CONGRESSIONAL NAMES APPEARING IN THE NEWS SAYING "I WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION - I'M DONE AND WANT NO MORE"
TO ALL IN CONGRESS...............
YOU ARE A SORRY LOT AND AS THE SENIOR ACCOUNTANT SAID..."NOT NET BUT GROSS".

Posted by: ISWEDE | February 22, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Reid will cave, He will turn into a door mat and a giant tongue and after Boehner wipes his shoes Reid will begin to lick the shoes and slobber, "we can't,we can,t and after that Reid will slither off, because he lacks a backbone to stand.Down the yellow brick road saying if I only had a Backbone.

Posted by: OLYVEOIL | February 22, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I defy anyone to show me where a 100 billion cut, spread proportionally across all budget holders, would cause even a ripple of trouble. Budget holders KNOW exactly how to manage it. I know...I have been in the budget holder position at that level.

Posted by: Justlistening | February 22, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It is the small business that are holding on to their money, waiting to see what is going to happen. With this HC bill hanging over their heads no one in the small sector want to spend, because they know that if implemented it will cost them more in operating costs they just don't know how much. The reason for this is even those who pass it didn't no what they were passing.

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day.


You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs!


Tou've got two years!


Time's a wastin'!


.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 22, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: budshi
You do know that most people in the private sector work for small business? Did you know that the majority of growth in the last two years has been in the government sector?

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Big business along with the Republican Party owned by big business has a master plan, it has been in operation for longer than the Democratic Defendants realize and is updated periodically. It entails bringing business and the economy to a slow down or near stop so as they can rearrange legislation to fit their business improvements and to maintain the wealth and gain benefits they feel have been losing over the years. They don't expect to win everything they are going for; they just think a giant war with even a minimum gain is worth it. It gives their business a rest; it keeps others from entering the business world as competitors during a time of instability. In other words businesses are ruthless and proud of it. Money is their God even though they give the preacher plenty annually for the votes he produces. All business now belong to a CARTEL with prevents competition. The only sure way of correcting these types of problems is to find a way to start up numerous new businesses owned by a different source and not belonging to their CARTEL.

Posted by: budshi | February 22, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Less we forget the reason they have to do this first is because, the dems neglected their duty last year and did not pass a budget for the fiscal year. I love it when the dems go where are the jobs. the repubs have only been in for less then two month and only control 1/3 of the government. While the dems have been in control of two 2/3 of the government since 2006 and the whole government with wide majorities in both chambers since 2009. What did they do in 5yrs or if you like last 2 yrs? Spent more they any congress in history on a stimulus that the GAO could not track.

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Shutting the government isn't really an option for those of you advocating such. It will ruin the economy if hundreds of thousands of government workers aren't paid. I think most of the Tea Party and Republicans forget that it is actual people with families that keep the government working and functioning, not the puppets up on the hill that only look out for the rich--- no matter what they promise.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | February 22, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Until there is an honest discussion about both revenues and spending and how to utilize both sides of the ledger then this is all nonsense. At this point the Republicans are trying to ring the spending bell (so they can try to stop President Obama's agenda) but want to ignore the impact that such cuts would have on the economy. Of course, Republicans would love for unemployment to actually rise so they could use that to score political points.

Dems, on the other hand are just incoherent and weak...what a joke...

Posted by: scott032 | February 22, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THE JOBS, REPUBLICAN GOONS ?!?!

Posted by: DrainYou | February 22, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Cut the spending!

That way the unemployment line will increase, some families will have a tougher time making the ends meet and the Government will collect less taxes!

But that's something the Haves and "I Got Mine" types don't have to worry about. Actually they do not.

Posted by: kishorgala
-------------------------------------------

I really don't "have mine" yet - not that you bothered to ask - but pray tell, how will cutting government spending on say, road signs announcing "stimulus" projects, increase the unemployment lines? I can tell you how continuing to borrow the amount of money this administration is doing will negatively impact every single American by forcing interest rates up, tightening the credit market, causing inflation, and destroying consumer and business confidence levels, all apart from adding to the 40% of that deficit that will have to be repaid to foreign creditors, the largest of which is China (which already steals how many American jobs?).

You better bring more than slogans to the discussion, my friend.

Posted by: INTJ | February 22, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The dems need to get in touch with the American people. The people want a stop to this excessive spending. As I have posted before and probably will need to again, at this rate of spending we would need growth of more then 6%, even if we were to return to pre 2002 tax rates. The reality of the situation is we need cut across the board and everything should be on the table. There is no economist that see 6% growth, and most only see 3% at best for the next several year. The President has pie in the sky 5.5% in his budget. It's time that adults start acting like adults and make the hard choices.

Posted by: tateofpa | February 22, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"The current level" meaning, of course, "at the largest federal deficit in history." WTF, Harry!

Posted by: INTJ | February 22, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Cut the spending!

That way the unemployment line will increase, some families will have a tougher time making the ends meet and the Government will collect less taxes!

But that's something the Haves and "I Got Mine" types don't have to worry about. Actually they do not.

Posted by: kishorgala | February 22, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The house of irresponsibles has put together a preposterous collection of political taxes on everyday Americans. Slash and burn, cut funding for important services that everyone needs and uses, all to provide tax give-aways to the wealthy.

The GOP strategy is simple. Lie constantly, lie as fast as you can, and change the lies frequently. First its jobs, then its a laundry list of ideological paybacks to the rabid fringes of the GOP, god-nuts, hawk-nuts, deficit-nuts, tea party-nuts, gun-nuts. The nope party of screwballs and wealthy swells that thieve. Anything of substance in there? Nope, they aren't called the party of no for nothing.

Pandering, slandering and the big lie, over and over and over ...

Posted by: right_as_rain | February 22, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Now now, let's all calm down. Ya'll know we have to pay for those Bush tax cut extensions. I just bought that yaught I was putting off until I was assured I'd keep getting my tax breaks. So, let's see, we can cut education - sounds fine to me - my kids graduated from their Ivy League colleges years ago and went on to Wall Street - no harm to me. Cut pre-natal care - shucks - we know whose having them babies don't we - cut 'em off. Now one thing I can't agree to is cutting the military budget - I have quite a portfolio in Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman stock you see. Yes sir, I don't see spending a dime on anything that I don't need or that helps those folks I don't like. For me, I'm doing just fine - might even buy my 3rd vacation home overseas when my GOP partners win again and make those Bush tax cuts permanent. You whining liberals better watch out - we're going to get rid of those unions too. Why when we roll back those ridiculous worker benefits and put wages back to $1 a day where they belong, my dividends will really soar.

Posted by: bobwhite1 | February 22, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

we should double everyone's salary, and that way the government workers can pay for 2nd homes. That will get the economy going again. How dare anyone be against increase spending.

Posted by: Bosoxfan | February 22, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How about the real budget bloat--$860,000 for bottled water?!
New stats about last year's spending: http://gigabiting.com/?p=8111/

Posted by: Gigabiting | February 22, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Let the Republicans continue in their pointless theatrics, but let us also keep the government running while they play their games.
Sen Reid is correct, Sen McConnell remains a fraud.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 22, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Shut the Government down - simple. Enough is enough - stop feeding the beast. A 25% increase in Federal spending since 2008 - a 1.6 trillion dollar deficit for 2012 - an added 7-9 trillion dollar deficit for the next ten years - and what did the house dems do - they punted on creating a 2011 budget in October - 2010, Why - because had they - it would have reported an additional 1.5 trillion deficit for 2011 - instead of losing 63 seats - they would have lost 163 seats..and countless more senate seats. Ah 101 of the house - complete the budget - but Nancy skipped out on her job - just like the Dems in Wisconsin.

Posted by: short1 | February 22, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"While House Republicans are hard at work passing measures to cut spending, grow the economy, and keep the government operating, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid has yet to offer a plan and instead almost seems as though he's hoping for a government shutdown to occur for political gain," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said earlier Tuesday.

Really Eric? I can't remember one single jobs bill you clowns have proposed yet, as you are so busy with your culture wars agenda.

Posted by: daweeni | February 22, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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