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Posted at 6:43 PM ET, 02/23/2011

House GOP stopgap bill would cut $4 billion over two weeks

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane

A stopgap government-funding measure being crafted by House Republicans would cut federal spending by $4 billion over two weeks in March, GOP aides said Wednesday.

Senate Democrats criticized the plan as a "hardening" of House Republicans' earlier-stated position that they will reject any stopgap measure that does not reduce federal spending. The measure currently keeping the government running is set to expire on March 4; if Congress doesn't act before then, a government shutdown could ensue.

Senate Democratic leadership staffers sat down earlier Wednesday with aides to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in their first formal meeting to discuss the way forward on funding the federal government.

"Republican staff told [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's] staff that we will move a short-term [resolution] that cuts spending, and that it's up to Senator Reid to tell Americans what -- if anything -- he's willing to cut," Boehner spokesperson Michael Steel said. "At this point, the House has done its work by passing a [spending resolution], and the Senate has done nothing."

The current House Republican plan would fund the government until March 18, giving the House and the Senate time to negotiate further on a broader deal for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The $4 billion pricetag is a rough proration of the cuts the House approved late last week. The measure shrank federal spending by $61 billion in cuts over seven months.

Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he would introduce a stopgap measure in the Senate to keep the federal government running for 30 days at current funding levels.

On Wednesday, a Reid spokesperson criticized House Republicans' $4 billion plan as "extreme" and said that both the two-week proposal and the longer-term plan would be "non-starters in the Senate."

"The Republicans' so-called compromise is nothing more than the same extreme package the House already handed the Senate, just with a different bow," Reid spokesperson Jon Summers said in a statement. "This isn't a compromise, it's a hardening of their original position. This bill would simply be a two-week version of the reckless measure the House passed last weekend. It would impose the same spending levels in the short term as their initial proposal does in the long term, and it isn't going to fool anyone."

Both chambers are in recess this week for the Presidents' Day holiday. That leaves Congress only a few days when it returns next week to come to an agreement in time to avert a government shutdown.

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane  | February 23, 2011; 6:43 PM ET
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America is gradually turning into a third world country, if labor laws are made like as in China and epa is defunded etc,etc. standards are been lowered, and regulations that made the world to insist that American standards and specifications are the best for every and all products are also been removed to get to that of China

Posted by: damsoks | February 27, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is another official that is being PUNKED (similar to gov Walker's phone call) by TEA BAGGERS (TB). TB folks do NOT understand the deep and long cutting they think they want and the negative affect it will have. Last week, House Republicans voted to defund health reform, eliminate money for reproductive care, slash nutrition for poor women and children and gut resources that keep our air and water clean, PELL grant and the list of middle class and low income family cuts go on and on. This is not cutting fat. These are bones – programs that keep our middle class and low income families standing. Americans you must consider emailing and/or calling (202-225-6205) Boehner and request that he show some leadership character and skills. We do NOT want to go back to the Bush/Cheney deficit time. President Obama and his administration have don all the heavy lifting for us to regain positive growth. Boehner was against the car industry being save as it is our American industry. Now look at how profitable that GM is and thanks to the president, there were thousands of jobs savaged. Middle class and low income families only have the Democrats to thank for saving the day. People if you did NOT vote this past November and/or NOT registered to vote, please do so and in 2012, we can stand together and reduce the Republicans voice. The Republicans only care about the wealthiest and rich companies that outsource our jobs. When you contact Boehner ask him why there are no deep long cuts for rich oil companies that continue to enjoy subsidies at our expense and how he want to continue to ensure tax cuts are there for the weathiest 2 %, whom have said they do NOT need it. Further, it maintaining these top 2% tax credits do NOT add jobs, if they did we would NOT be pulling ourselves out of such a disasterous position caused by Republicans. VOTE IN 2012, Republicans must be shown that we need a leader like our president, Nancy Pelosi and many other Democrats. GOd bless USA.

Posted by: netstoy | February 25, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

" Harry Reid , an American Success Story " Since the Twenties when it seemed fashionable to revere Murderers and Gangsters like " Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger , America has seen little the likes of Harry " prune Face " Reid . Accept of course , Cris, " the Artful Dodger " Dodd, or Bahwney Fwank ,too sneaky to warrant a " nick-name ".
Reid shows up in Washington without one nickel to rub against another , and learns right off how to elbow his way to the front of the Public Troth . He learned long before Slick Willie the art of Triangulation and it's quick path to success for the crooked Politician . His latest foray was to snatch victory from defeat in his latest election. Teetering on the brink of that dreaded fate of having to learn to earn an honest living, he grasped the last straw. He ran to the Mexican border and to every Jail House in America and promised every Mexican within the sound of his voice that a Free College Education was theirs if they would only vote for him. And he assured them that he would work tirelessly for Amnesty for every on of them and to change every law in America if he could to give them even more giveaways . Then he rushed to his old pals in the S.E.I.U. Union and grabbed off another Election and only lately has his hands stopped sweating. The ultimate hypocrisy was his statement not long ago, that he left a lucrative Law Practice to come to Washington to champion the rights of the Little People. At the time we all thought he meant American Citizens. After all, we all know how much height those Sombreros add to a Mexican's stature. Harry Reid , not to be outdone by any other circus in our land has proven he has to look up to see the underside of a Snake . And I"m not sure that he doesn't shed his skin as well.

Posted by: puck-101 | February 24, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

A plague on both of their houses.

As much as I dislike Dick Durbin, we Dems would have been better off if Reid lost and Dick replaced him.

Reid wants to play chicken. If the House and Senate don't want to play well together then a prorated recision seems the only alternative.

Posted by: JuanValdezz | February 24, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A plague on both of their houses.

As much as I dislike Dick Durbin, we Dems would have been better off if Reid lost and Dick replaced him.

Reid wants to play chicken. If the House and Senate don't want to play well together then a prorated recision seems the only alternative.

Posted by: JuanValdezz | February 24, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"WHERE ARE THE JOBS, TEAPUBLICAN GOONS ?!?!"

Indeed, the Repulsive Republican Plans are to eliminate thousands of US jobs. The economy will just get worse. It's sad that many low income and middle class morons continue to vote for "Do Nothing Party" jerks who do take away from everyone except the rich fat-cats they solely represent.

Posted by: MikeK3 | February 24, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Kids Of America LA Bears, deserve the Best.
http://baby-in-pink.com/koala-baby/
I need to scamper off now. Have Fun Kids.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Will work for food------Slaves did that years ago. When unions represented employees back in the 50's & 1960's Businesses made millions and billions but greed caused them to invent the independent contractor to lower labor cost. Now, instead of giving independent contractors benefits equal to union labor, they gave them more money up front—LESS union benefits, which made it look like the independents were making more than the union workers, but they weren’t and in reality they were getting the same money as union workers but were now stuck with business expenses which came back to brake them farther down the road and they were not educated enough to realize this. Passing the expenses off on another person is businesses’ best practice and it works most of the time. Many independent contractors quit paying into social security which financially killed them when many retired. This eventually put bigger stain of welfare. Independent contractors are a sorry lot so business is now looking at cheap labor from foreign countries and trying to make American Labor Compete with Foreign Labor by instigating and promoting bad economic conditions by running the economy into the ground, setting the stage to attack Labor, blaming them for the problem industry created, hoping to set labor back about 30 years, making it easier to compete with labor from foreign destitute countries. If American businesses, who are now International Business are allowed to succeed, everyone in America will have his living conditions reduced to that of a 3rd World Country. If that is what The Tea Party, The Republican Honest People, The Many Misguided Democrats and The Honest Democrats are ready to accept for the remainder of their life plus leaving the future children of America with a live of despair, go for it, naive people, but THINK FIRST.

Posted by: budshi | February 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Watergate had plumbers. Fluid situation with cloggate, use Draino. Don't let kids drink it.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Republican mob dead set in attack on women, the poor and middle class. Will have to wait until next year to correct the mistakes we made in putting GOP in control.

Posted by: tmd678 | February 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

They made billions and all they have now is a blood bath economy. None for US.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Time is water. Save both and double up in the tub. Buy biggest tub that you can find. Start bubble bath economy.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Treasury office in China building pyramid. Out of money and it looks like self destruction. Costly printing and stained glass beats stained printing and costly glass. Free drink anybody? More frau and less d.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Treasury office in China building pyramid. Out of money and it looks like self destruction. Costly printing and stained glass beats stained printing and costly glass. Free drink anybody?

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

A two-week extension? That's laughable. What do the Republicans plan to do--keep passing short term resolutions for two weeks at a time so they can talk about government spending and don't have to talk about jobs? What should we expect to happen if the two-week extension passes? I guess Congress will use that time to debate a new two-week resolution.

Boehner and McConnell just don't get it. They are an affront to the voters who elected them.

Posted by: jlhare1 | February 24, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Libyan dynasty failed. Again. Busy digging graves to create new jobs. Sears has shovels on sale.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

More JOBS? Easy, ban chainsaws and go back to broad ax. Saves oil too!

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Today on Huck Finn's Catfish, Huck tries knewspaperin' kitchen, Becky dresses pretty for dinner and drowns in river and Jim searches town dump for cans to build telegraph with string.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

So far the Republicans:
1. Extended the Bush sale on tax rates, which only makes the deficit worse (heck, we got into a depression with them in effect);
2. Ran on a platform that they will cut spending by $100 billion this year, and have not delivered anything on that;
3. Said they have the ACA replacement on the shelf ready to submit, and they have not mentioned anything on that;
4. Said over and over and over that JOBS are #1 priority, and have not yet even made a proposal on that (other than Boehner's 'so be it' response to losing jobs thanks to his budget).

So, Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Partiers: Where are the JOBS, and where is the deficit reduction?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | February 24, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Reid and/or Obama will REALLY shutdown the government?

Any guesses?

Yes?
No?

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 24, 2011 8:13 AM
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No, but Boner and his teabagger friends seem determined to do so.

Posted by: luridone | February 24, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

200 million guns loaded, better run through...Kids want new Jungle Gym...Stopping at Gap for new outfits if Gap isn't closed. Lunching at Food Court.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 8:31 AM | Report abuse

To AnnsThoughts: I believe the IRS is exempt from a government shutdown.

Posted by: davestwocents | February 24, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Reid and/or Obama will REALLY shutdown the government?

Any guesses?

Yes?
No?

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 24, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Library closing here, nobody can afford books. Sent publisher note, it said are we winning?

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Dems must reject Repubs job-killing budget bill.

Posted by: luridone | February 24, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Wife left note on 2X4, read "Drop Dead".

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Wife ran off to Mexico with gun runner. Eye doctor went blind, dentist trying to repo gold filling and shrink shrunk kids here. You have your own troubles though.

Posted by: jobandon | February 24, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

It appears the the Republicans have made a very reasonable offer.

Its disgusting that the Dems have refused to sit down with the Republicans until yesterday, it only took them FIVE MONTHS!!!!!!!!!

Now that there is a reasonable offer in place they have rejected it out right. The Dems wnat the government shutdown for their personal political motivations. DISGUSTING!!!!

Posted by: davidholt123@comcast.net | February 24, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

A bill to abolish career politicians would be more receptive ........ti me at lest.

The people who created the deficit are going to fix it?? RIGHT....... maybe the tooth fairy will come too!!

TERM LIMITS could just save our country!!

This country is no longer, a Democracy but a Cashrarocy!!

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Posted by: janetnmoyle | February 24, 2011 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Shutting down the government during tax filing season is going to make millions of Americans very angry. If the IRS Service Centers are closed, who will receive the timely filed returns? Will they be returned as undeliverable?

Posted by: AnnsThought | February 24, 2011 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Shutting down the government during tax filing season is going to make millions of Americans very angry. If the IRS Service Centers are closed, who will receive the timely filed returns? Will they be returned as undeliverable?

Posted by: AnnsThought | February 24, 2011 4:06 AM | Report abuse

Give'em hell, Harry and, "Damn the Tea-peed-oes, full speed ahead."

If government has to shut down then shut it down but pu these Republicans in their place.

Posted by: glenglish | February 24, 2011 2:08 AM | Report abuse

When did the Washington Post turn into the Washington Times? Same owners throwing good money after bad?

Posted by: gjcomm | February 24, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

If Republicans were serious about avoiding a government shutdown, they'd agree to Harry Reid's proposal to keep government open through the end of March with a continuing resolution at current funding levels. That would give both sides time to sit down and forge a compromise solution and it would prevent a government shutdown.


Instead, they're offering a two-week long version of the very same crap spending bill that they passed over the weekend. That's not a move designed to prevent a government shutdown: it's a move designed to force it.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 24, 2011 1:51 AM | Report abuse

If Republicans were serious about avoiding a government shutdown, they'd agree to Harry Reid's proposal to keep government open through the end of March with a continuing resolution at current funding levels. That would give both sides time to sit down and forge a compromise solution and it would prevent a government shutdown.


Instead, they're offering a two-week long version of the very same crap spending bill that they passed over the weekend. That's not a move designed to prevent a government shutdown: it's a move designed to force it.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 24, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

WaPo- TF? Love the headlines that completely ignore that the real story is the tea-bagger republicans are intractable uckers.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | February 24, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

It's Been A Bad 2011 for the Teapublicans So Far:


Walker and Repuppies get caught on the side of Evil State Govt against the little people in Wisconsin.......again. Bush-Dolt " Concience Clause " for Health Care workers junked by Executive Order - no legislation necessary.
The Great "CONSERVATIVE" hero Hosni Mubarak just eliminated, other conservative dictators are doomed.


Reading Constitution Aloud Skit Bombs.
John "Orange" Boner loses his Jet Engine.
Pin-Down on Tax-Cuts for Uber Rich-RePiggies.
Sarah Palin slapped down like a Monkey.
Jared the Tea-Party Assassin in Arizona.


Health Care Repeal Fails (unless the activist Right Wingers on the Supreme Court decide to overturn hundreds of years of case law, again, for their right wing corporate overlords (Koch Brothers)
Texas going Bankrupt.
Abortion Repeal Fails.
Egypt & Obama dominates news & blows Repuppy focus off track.
Chump-Change Boehner Budget Cuts not going anywhere.


Craigslist Pervert Republican Resigns.
John Kyl Resigns.
Republican Oil Spill.
Gay Republicans causing fits in GOP.
Tea-Baggers causing internal Trouble for Standard GOP Corporate Piggies.
No interesting or credible Presidential Candidates.


Not good days for the Teahadists.


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 24, 2011 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Defense, Medicare/medicaid and Soc Sec are the 800 lb gorillas --not the gerbils the GOP wants to stomp.

Posted by: sojourner2

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I'm right there with you. The more they debate, the more I'm convinced this deficit reduction babble is all for show.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | February 24, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Will the last bureaucrat out the door turn off the lights?

Posted by: jy151310 | February 23, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I thought the platform the Republicans were running on was all about job creation. This seems like a job killing bill.

Posted by: fiveinchtaint | February 23, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS, TEAPUBLICAN GOONS ?!?!


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 23, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope Reid stands firm and does not let the House destroy the US.

I also like the suggestion that defense, (Including) Farm and Business subsidies in Red States be cut. Maybe he could counter with those making >$250,000 give up their ill gotten tax cut.

Posted by: SCVoter | February 23, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The President and Democrats aren't playing hardball; just like not holding out for restoring taxes on the >$500K crowd. They should advance a budget to cut spending by $10 Billion --all from Defense contractors in Red states. That would call the GOP bluff. Defense, Medicare/medicaid and Soc Sec are the 800 lb gorillas --not the gerbils the GOP wants to stomp.

Posted by: sojourner2 | February 23, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The President and Democrats aren't playing hardball; just like not holding out for restoring taxes on the >$500K crowd. They should advance a budget to cut spending by $10 Billion --all from Defense contractors in Red states. Defense, Medicare/medicaid and Soc Sec are the 800 lb gorillas --not the gerbils the elite want to stomp.

Posted by: sojourner2 | February 23, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republican bill is pure demagoguery at its worst. How do you cut spending $4 billion over one month? Fire people for a month? Discontinue grants that states and cities count on for one month?

This is pure dishonest politics at which, sadly, the Republicans are so very good. And they've done such a good job of selling their impractical, economy-busting budget cutting demagoguery to the American public. No wonder this nation is going to hell in a hand basket. After 8 years of the Bush administration doing everything it could to cripple the federal government and two years of Republican obstructionism, we now face two years of Republican demagoguery as they try again to destroy our nation's government and derail so many programs essential to the national economy and stability of the nation.

Posted by: dl49 | February 23, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr Weeper may not realize it yet, but he blinked. As they well-realized it was, the House budget proposal is DOA.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 23, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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