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Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 02/18/2011

After 90 hours of debate, House nears completion of government-funding measure

By Felicia Sonmez and Shailagh Murray

Updated: Saturday, 3:00 a.m.

The House early Saturday was on the verge of completing its consideration of a measure to keep the federal government funded, after four straight nights of post-midnight debate and more than 90 hours on the House floor.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced following the latest round of votes at 2:20 a.m. that the final stretch of debate would last for about another hour. Lawmakers throughout the chamber cheered Cantor's announcement. A final vote on the government-funding resolution appeared on track for shortly after 4 a.m.

The government funding measure is the only thing standing between lawmakers and a week-long recess. To help ensure that a vote on the spending bill could come by Saturday, Cantor and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) took to the floor late Friday evening to announce that they would limit debate on the remaining amendments to six minutes each, down from 10 minutes earlier.

Meanwhile, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced late Friday night that she and other House Democratic leaders were introducing a stop-gap measure that would extend government spending at current levels through March 31, in case both chambers aren't able to hash out a resolution by March 4, the date government funding is set to expire.

"In order to give Congress time to finish the legislation and avoid the calamitous effect of a government shutdown on the American people, I am hopeful Republican leaders will agree to a short-term extension of the freeze as we work to pass a bill the President can sign into law for the remainder of 2011," Pelosi said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded to Pelosi's announcement by charging that congressional Democrats "intend to join the President in resigning themselves to a future of higher unemployment and spiraling debt at a time when Americans are demanding smaller government instead."

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had previously announced that he would not accept a stop-gap measure, meaning the move does little to decrease the possibility of a government shutdown.

By early Saturday morning, the House had passed a total of 65 budget-cutting amendments out of 583 offered by lawmakers of both parties. Several dealt with the national health-care law; others dealt with gun sales and environmental regulations, and one would prohibit funding for renovations or rental of the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Shortly before 2 a.m., an amendment sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that would have blocked federal agencies from giving raises to employees who move to a higher pay grade was defeated on a 191-to-230 vote, with 46 Republicans joining 184 Democrats in voting "no."

Another defeat of a high-profile GOP bill came on Friday afternoon, when the House defeated a proposal by conservative Republicans that would have enacted a sweeping $22 billion cut across federal agencies. Republicans had publicly battled each other on the House floor on the amendment for 45 minutes, a rare moment of public discord over just how far Congress should go in reining in spending.

The passage of a Planned Parenthood defunding measure, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), came after the House debated the amendment for almost three hours Thursday night.

The approval of the amendments aiming to defund the national health-care law, sponsored by Republican Reps. Denny Rehberg (Mont.), Steve King (Iowa) and Jo Ann Emerson (Mo.), followed similarly heated debate on the House floor Friday.

The House debate over recent days has allowed both parties to draw battle lines. Democrats had offered controversial spending cuts of their own, including an amendment aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan by putting a $10 billion cap on military spending there and another measure that would seek to block the federal government from collecting Americans' library records under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Both of those amendments fell well short of passage Friday afternoon.

And then there were somewhat less sweeping amendments, such as one offered by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) that would have prevented the military from sponsoring NASCAR race cars. That measure failed on a 148 to 281 vote.

After hours upon hours of debating such amendments, the agreement between Cantor and Hoyer on speeding up the debate Friday night was met with cheers and applause from weary lawmakers, although one Democrat, Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.), rose to express his dissatisfaction.

"I just want to stress, we were told yesterday we were debating the whole government," said Frank, who also criticized the process Thursday evening on the House floor. "We were then going to debate important public policy questions for ten minutes. We're now going to get to debate important public policy questions for six minutes. If this is open government, I think I'd rather vote for something else, because I think it is, as I said yesterday, a travesty."

Cantor responded from the other side of the chamber: "I don't hear an objection from this side of the aisle," as lawmakers throughout the room cheered.

As the cheers subsided, Cantor continued his rejoinder. "Just for the record, Mr. Speaker, I think the gentleman from Massachusetts has something of a short memory, given that in December, we had a vote on a [funding resolution] for one hour under a closed rule," he said, referring to the closed amendment process in the House under Democratic leadership. "So, just a little reminder."

Frank quipped back: "Well, I didn't know how long it was going to take my Republican friends to going from talking about their superior virtue to saying they were just like us. It took less time than I thought."

While House approval of the broader government-funding legislation is not in doubt, the next stage of the spending debate is anyone's guess. Senate Democrats have conceded that some cuts to current spending levels are a given, but they are not willing to go anywhere near as far as the reductions sought by the GOP-led House.

-- Staff writer Paul Kane contributed to this report.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Felicia Sonmez and Shailagh Murray  | February 18, 2011; 11:30 PM ET
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Posted by: old1 | February 20, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Fiscal conservatives who want to see meaningful budget cuts need to be concerned with not only the Liberals in the Senate but all those Republicans that have contributed to the debt and deficit. Will the Republican RINO’s like Murkowski band with the Conservatives. What backroom deals have already taken place?

It would make more sense to me if the House and the Senate first did a review of programs and agencies to identify those which duplicated one another or were ineffective of their purpose and did not prove to have the results that were worthy of their cost. If this process had been carried out first it would have made budget cutting a lot more effective and more difficult for the president to veto.

Could it be possible that President Obama is deliberately doing everything in his power to stop any worthwhile attempts to reduce the debt and deficit? Is this part of the Progressive’s plan to further enact his Socialistic agenda? America cannot afford two more years of President Obama. It is a sad day in America when the president of the U.S. and those who support him in Congress are a threat to our National Security because of their fiscal irresponsibility.

Posted by: takebackamerica1 | February 19, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Richie5 | February 19, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Wonder home many jobs this is going to create??

We need revenue??

How about rescinding all these special tax incentives for large business, some of which even reward them for taking American jobs overseas.

You think our elected career politicians would ever do that??
Or maybe I should say, would the lobbyists allow them to do that??

Companies, like GE, have not paid taxes in years .......
and they are not the only one.

What about the subsidies given to these poor oil companies .....
many of whom have not paid taxes either.

Get the idea for cutting the deficit??


But the government by the people for the people has vanished.
We are now a Cashrarocy, and no longer a Democracy!!

Posted by: bkarpus | February 19, 2011 5:11 AM | Report abuse

So Rep. Issa's really thought it would be a good idea to block federal agencies from giving raises to employees who move to a higher pay grade? Great idea, Darrell! Let's dumb down government!

Please do us a favor Darrell and stick to your very important mission of finding and removing the "Funded by the Recovery Act" signs posted at construction projects across the country. (It's tricky to follow Darrell's logic, but he thinks tax payers will be pleased that we paid to put the signs up when the Democrats held the House and will now pay to take them down because Republicans won the House.) That idea, while costly and stupid, won't do any real harm to the country.

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Posted by: zhenge335 | February 19, 2011 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Hmm really? The Nascar budget for the military didn't get cut? How do I take you seriously when you can't even cut something like that? Your using taxpayer money to sponsor a fricken NASCAR?!?

Oh and what no talks on cutting military spending? I mean a cap is nice, but we can do better than that. But wait even that didn't pass, great.

And wait, it would save money to prevent the govt from accessing library records, and yet that didn't even pass? WTF! Grandma better watch out, check out a boo from the library about green eggs and ham for your kids, and they'll get suspicious over biochemical weapons.

I understand crucial things needs to be cut, but why the obvious isn't being cut is just ridiculous to me. I bet you all the cuts I mentioned above would save from cutting from Planned Parenthood, a program that has actually shown to work in this country.

Well people, you voted these republican clowns in. See your own demise right before your eyes. Thanks you sorry punks in advance if the government does get shut down, my grandma won't get her Social Security checks.

Posted by: coldfusion1787 | February 19, 2011 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DrainYou | February 19, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

I want to thank you Lord for this opportunity. God does ANSWER prayers. We have to believe that this will go through.

1.) We shouldn't kill our own children, in the name of woman's rights. It's not a woman's right to KILL anythign especially her own child.

2.) Please God take away everything that corrupts, perverts, and corodes our society!!!!!

This is the first step of making a BIG difference and thank God if we defend Planned Parenthood we will SAVE babies from being murdered.

Babies deserve to live and I'm thankful that God is listening in Heaven to us because we need to STOP this mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: december1990
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Sure let those Babies be Born so Republicans Can KILL Them! Surely that's the plan starve them to death of let them die for lack of Medical Attention.

Republicans are not Against Abortion and you are another sucker who believes they are.

Republicans want to prevent Health Care Deductions for abortion from Income Taxes; It's a ploy to Raise income Taxes on Middle income Women!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | February 19, 2011 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: knjincvc | February 19, 2011 1:17 AM
Cantor will return to the country where he has a birth certificate when he's out of congress.

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Obama passed a top secret security background check, so the burden of proof is on you to prove he wasn't born in this country.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 19, 2011 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I forgot.

Hey Repugs:


QUIT D^CKING AROUND TRYING TO APPEASE THE WHACK-A-DOODLE FRINGE RIGHT WING TALIBAN MEMBERS OF YOUR PARTY (ABORTION) AND GET TO WORK CREATING JOBS!!


You work for me now House Repugs and if don't create some jobs by 2012 you're going to get sh^t canned just as fast as you came in in 2011.


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 19, 2011 1:41 AM | Report abuse

USSRepublicant's won't give up their own socialist healthcare (government paid for), yet they don't want Americans to have the same thing they do.

Republicans are sleazeballs.

And I'm waiting for Republicans to prove Obama wasn't born in the U.S.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 19, 2011 1:39 AM | Report abuse

USSRepublicant's won't give up their own socialist healthcare (government paid for), yet they don't want Americans to have the same thing they do.

Republicans are sleazeballs.

And I'm waiting for Republicans to prove Obama wasn't born in the U.S.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 19, 2011 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Wingnuts!


Here in America, ABORTION IS LEGAL!!!!


IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT GET THE LAW CHANGED, BUT UNTIL THEN, Shut The F^ck Up!


Quit trying to use big gov't as a way to dicatate to women what they can and cannot do with their own vag^na's, you right wing religious Taliban sociopaths!


Todays Right Wing Wing Lunatic Fringe = Always Trying To Drag America BACK To The 19th Century.


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 19, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Read my lips, this was about cutting spending. They are lawmakers not governors even though they may act like it.

Posted by: JudiBug | February 19, 2011 1:31 AM | Report abuse

It would have gone faster but Elmer Fudd tried to take over those who he thought were ignorant wabbitts. Pelosi is so upset she's no longer speaker, I think she's been drinking heavy at a one news conference almost upchucked and had this silly grin on her face which was only more impressive than her heavy lidded eyes which kept almost shutting on her. Yes, nearly all the Demos are very upset that they aren't running things and have fought furiously to make people they still did. It's been very entertaining though terribly tacky.

Posted by: JudiBug | February 19, 2011 1:20 AM | Report abuse

ExConservative posts Feb. 19, 2011 1:03 AM
Eric Cantor is a smarmy little snit. When he's jobless once his term's up, I'll hire him to clean my barn.
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Cantor will return to the country where he has a birth certificate when he's out of congress.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 19, 2011 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't there just an election? Didn't the Extreme right-wing anti-government ideologues win some seats that gave them control of the House? Didn't they get an mandate from the voters to ..... Shut Down The Government?? I don't remember banners saying ...... "Shut Down The Government!!!" I don't remember any "Shut Down The Government" rallies? I'm confused??

What are these dangerous nutjobs doing??? They sure aren't governing.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 19, 2011 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor is a smarmy little snit. When he's jobless once his term's up, I'll hire him to clean my barn.

Posted by: ExConservative | February 19, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Sooo ... did congress vote to take a pay cut?

Did congress vote to eliminate their lifetime health and pension benefits?

Did congress vote to start working "at least five days a week, eight hours a day"?

Did congress vote to have a jobs program like Boehner and McConnell promised?

WTF Did congress vote to do except take another vacation?

Posted by: knjincvc | February 19, 2011 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Ah, those holy roller republicans. Love to keep 'em bare foot and pregnant don't they! Self righteousness has an odor all it's own. Just why the heck do these bronze age dimwits get to tell me how I can spend my health care money! I sure don't need them to tell me right from wrong, and I can deal with God on my own thank you very much! I resent the heck out of their telling everyone it's their money, it's not! You pay your taxes and then it's not, it's governments and so by the constitution religion should absolutely be left out of any health decision, period, and your say in how those dollars are used should end there. They always seem to think the constitution was designed for their beliefs alone. What sanctimonious nonsense! Pious frauds love fetuses more than living adults and children. Once the baby is born it's to heck with you, your on your own kiddo!

Posted by: USblues2 | February 19, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I love it when the right wing nut pro lifers don't have a clue what PPH does, but want to refund it. News flash, abortions will continue(just at a higher rate). For the ones that think every one loves the baby that is in them sorry wrong again. Some are conceived by rape and incest. the mother will not love nore take care of the baby from conception to birth. If every parent loved their child DHS and adoption agencies would not be needed. With out PPH more children will be born to children, since they also do birth control. Fact is some kids are going to have sex weather any one talks to them about it or not. Lets face it sex feels good, and if it doesn't then get a different partner. If the house would stop wasting time on things it knows wont get signed then they could actually do some good for the country not just the corporations.

Posted by: sandman839 | February 19, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I love it when the right wing nut pro lifers don't have a clue what PPH does, but want to refund it. News flash, abortions will continue(just at a higher rate). For the ones that think every one loves the baby that is in them sorry wrong again. Some are conceived by rape and incest. the mother will not love nore take care of the baby from conception to birth. If every parent loved their child DHS and adoption agencies would not be needed. With out PPH more children will be born to children, since they also do birth control. Fact is some kids are going to have sex weather any one talks to them about it or not. Lets face it sex feels good, and if it doesn't then get a different partner. If the house would stop wasting time on things it knows wont get signed then they could actually do some good for the country not just the corporations.

Posted by: sandman839 | February 19, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that people are this ignorant. People posting here believe that federal funding for planned parenthood went to terminations of pregnancy? Not one penny went for abortions. There's a federal law that federal funds cannot support abortion services. This is what makes what the House did today so tragic. Planned Parenthood provides medical services to women -- mostly low income women. You know those controversial things that improve health like preventive care, cancer screening, and mammography. And oh yeah, birth control. The House and the wingnuts who put the teabaggers there should be ashamed.

Posted by: commentator3 | February 19, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

"WHERE ARE THE JOBS, REPUGS ?!?!"

I don't think you understand the newspeak of radical right wingnuttery. Every job eliminated is a 'new' job. So be it.

Posted by: Martel1 | February 18, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS, REPUGS ?!?!


I CAN'T WAIT FOR 2012 SO WE CAN TOSS THESE USELESS TEABAGGING WINGNUTS TO THE CURB AND START GETTING SOMETHING DONE IN THE PEOPLES HOUSE !!!


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 18, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood will cause the abortion rate in this country to go up, because 95% of Planned Parenthood's effort is for preventing unplanned pregnancies and overall reproductive healthcare."

Extreme obsessive ideologues are not impressed by rational thought or anything resembling reality. They BELIEVE. WHAT they believe is irrelevant. If enough mentally defective preachers tell them to believe that the earth has the shape of a bowling pin and that if they will only BELIEVE that it's so, they will go to heaven, then they will BELIEVE. Truth, as it relates to what happens in the real world, cannot penetrate their fossilized little minds.

Posted by: Martel1 | February 18, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"About 2,000,000 abortions are performed in the US each year (compared with 3,000,000 live births). Over 90% are as a means of birth control, often to mothers who have had previous abortions."

Both of those statements are false. There are fewer than 800,000 abortions in the U.S. annually. There are more than 4,000,000 live births in the U.S. annually. The 90% figure you cite is the product of a delusional mind.

Posted by: Martel1 | February 18, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Women mostly won't get an abortion if she sees her baby on TV i forget what it's called.. and she sees her baby as a LIVING tiny human with a heart beat...
she will WANT to keep her baby, but then she's told by people "if you don't want the baby, think about yourself, and abort IT." but people don't see that's HER child. That could be her son or her daughter who shes meant to raise. That child has a LIFE, that child would bring happiness and joy in her life.

I've heard people say "Oh well the baby would be unwanted so the mother should abort it." .... I'm sorry but no mother would see her child as "unwanted" no matter how financially hard it is. I'm not a mother but I hear mothers talk about how much they LOVE their children and how that love would never end.

Our peoples hearts are growing cold in America. I am ashamed to be called an American, when we don't have ANY values in this country.

We must have values. To say that killing a baby is a woman's right is INSANITY. And a atrocity.


LET GOD SAY WHEN A PERSONS TIME TO DIE IS NOT US. WE ARE ONLY HUMANS AND WE ARE ACTING AS GOD, REVISING WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IN OUR OWN EYES TO SUIT OUR OWN DEVICES.

Its an atrocity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: december1990 | February 18, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to thank you Lord for this opportunity. God does ANSWER prayers. We have to believe that this will go through.

1.) We shouldn't kill our own children, in the name of woman's rights. It's not a woman's right to KILL anythign especially her own child.

2.) Please God take away everything that corrupts, perverts, and corodes our society!!!!!

This is the first step of making a BIG difference and thank God if we defend Planned Parenthood we will SAVE babies from being murdered.

Babies deserve to live and I'm thankful that God is listening in Heaven to us because we need to STOP this mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: december1990 | February 18, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are we giving BILLIONS to Planned Parenthood when we are running TRILLION dollar deficits??? Let the feminists support them. As a taxpayer, I'm sick of giving away money to every left wing group in America who has their hand out to the Government.

DEFUND THEM ALL.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | February 18, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Make no mistake, this is an all out assault by the right wing on women's rights, workers and the American people. If they want to cross the line, it's anyone's guess what comes next; but they will not get away with this pitiful attempt to divert attention away from their corporate agenda and war on the environment, America's workers, and women's issues.

Posted by: skolniks | February 18, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood will cause the abortion rate in this country to go up, because 95% of Planned Parenthood's effort is for preventing unplanned pregnancies and overall reproductive healthcare. Bottom line Planned Parenthood's policies lower the abortion rate. The tactics of the holly republican church only pander to religious zealots.

Posted by: colowww | February 18, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you House for finally defunding this baby killing machine under the guise of Planned Parenthood.

Posted by: thejames1225 | February 18, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Number of firearm homicides 2009 - 12,632
Number of aborted babies 2009 - 1.3 million

Posted by: 2012frank | February 18, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Number of firearm homicides 2009 - 12,632.
Number of aborted babies 2009 - 1.3 million.

Posted by: 2012frank | February 18, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Abortion is murder and should NOT be funded with taxpayer money.

Just ban it altogether!

Posted by: Rubiconski | February 18, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

About 2,000,000 abortions are performed in the US each year (compared with 3,000,000 live births). Over 90% are as a means of birth control, often to mothers who have had previous abortions. Roe v Wade interpreted abortion as legal, but in no way mandated that tax payer money need fund it. There are many people who pay taxes who do not want their money going to pay for abortions, especially since resources are limited and the money used to fund abortion takes away from other useful programs. Both men and women have the right to choose not to have sex in the first place - and that right can be exercised for free.

Posted by: dcolema7 | February 18, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

In the 2010 Midterm Elections, the Republican Party gained 63 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and six seats in the U.S. Senate from the Democratic Party. Republicans also gained six governorships, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Republicans gained 680 seats in state legislatures, the most in the modern era.

Democratic loses could be attributed to public rejection of the socialistic policies of the Obama administration. The public disapproved of President Obama's economic policies. In the days leading up to the election, a majority of voters supported repealing/replacing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sixty-five percent of voters said that the economic stimulus package either hurt the economy or did no good, and fifty-four percent of those voting said they were dissatisfied with the performance of Barack Obama.

Posted by: 2012frank | February 18, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

GOP are talking about shutting the Gov't down. Go ahead GOP Shut it down and destroy the economy like you did when you were in power. You have no clue how to run a gov't...
The country is on the road to recovery and you want it to go back to road to ruin. You are shameless hypocrites........

Posted by: johnnyk1 | February 18, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

In their typical reactionary manner the GOP Congress has violated Federal laws that legalized abortion and has demonstrated a complete disregard for those who use Planned Parenthood services, not only for abortion, but to educate youth to prevent the spread of STD's and HIV-Aids, prevent unwanted pregnancies, etc. This is pathetic legislation that does not solve real social problems in this society. Let us hope the Senate will trounce this legislation, and if they don't the President will do the right thing and veto it.

Posted by: kerryberger | February 18, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

One thing we learned Weeper Speaker Boehner doesn't know how the Government works. We'll see more and more stupid bills pushed by stupid Law Makers for two years. Remember these are the idiots the people voted in office. The World gets to now watch how the House/Congress circus clowns work and perform. Until the next Rep. Chris Lee gets caught the show will go on.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 18, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope the Senate will trounce this bill and if they don't we must get President Obama to veto this legislation as this hurts not only the poor and lower income people, it is a complete violation of the law that legalized abortion and abortion providers in this nation.

Posted by: kerryberger | February 18, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I said most union workers are public employees, not most public employees are union workers. In fact, I pointed out that only about 10% of the total workforce is unionized. Any comments?

Posted by: dcolema7 | February 18, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

To all the Tea-Bag Know Nothings..., less then 20% of the Federal workforce belongs to a union. In fact more most if not all of the white collar federal work force are exempt employees. So stop with the rants and get your facts straight.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | February 18, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Why the "union busting" hysteria? Union workers (most of whom are public employees) make 20% more than equivalent non-union employees, but have lower productivity. Why should the 90% of workers who are not in unions subsidize union employees through the taxes that fund the public sector? If every worker was unionized pay would be much lower across the board because there would be no other people to take money from. The days in which unions were necessary has long since passed (decades ago) - now they are just an abusive parasite that is killing the host.

Posted by: dcolema7 | February 18, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Why the "union busting" hysteria? Public employees make 20% more than equivalent private sector employees (who are subsidizing the public employees), but with lower productivity. Why should the 90% of workers who are not in unions subsidize union employees? And if every worker was unionized pay would be much lower across the board because there would be no other people to take money from. The days in which unions were necessary has long since passed (decades ago) - now they are just an abusive parasite which is killing the host.

Posted by: dcolema7 | February 18, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Finally, some common sense! Yes! Thank you for voting to defund this socialistic mess! The People have no interest in Post Office Health-care.

And let us not forget Planned Parenthood and their abortion mills:

Number of firearm homicides 2009 - 12,632

Number of aborted babies 2009 - 1.3 million

Posted by: 2012frank | February 18, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Mitch Daniels stopped collective bargaining as soon as he became Gov. of Indiana 6 years ago. The State now has the lowest property taxes and the lowest public worker per capita in the Nation. Wake up America.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | February 18, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Unions are spoiled brats.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 18, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The way you people are ranting you would think they have just made BIRTH CONTROL illegal?

Posted by: wxyz6200 | February 18, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

RIGHTIST THUG GOVERNOR WALKER CREATED THE BUDGET CRISIS IN WISCONSIN OUT OF THIN AIR !!!


Walker and the new Republican-controlled state legislature in Wisconsin largely created the deficit problem they claim must be solved on the backs of public servants.


Walker claims that the state is broke. However, the Wisconsin Fiscal Bureau, a sort of in-state CBO, disagrees with Walker and projects a net positive balance of 56 million for the state by the end of June, 2011. Further, the Bureau argues that the state would have had an additional $139.7 $202.8 million to work with over the next two years if not for the tax cuts already passed during Walker’s brief administration. Yet further, as recently as February 1st, Walker did not announce his plans on how to pay for those cuts:


The measure joins three others Walker has signed in his first month in office that he said will send a message that Wisconsin is more business friendly. Walker, a Republican, has seen his legislative agenda speed through the Republican-controlled Legislature even though he has yet to explain how he'll pay for everything in light of the state's projected $3 billion budget shortfall.


WALKER IS EXAGGERATING AND FUELING WISCONSIN'S FISCAL CRISIS AS AN EXCUSE TO BUST UNIONS !!!


http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/wisconsin-gov-walker-ginned-up-budget-shortfall-to-undercut-worker-rights.php


The top salaries for gov't workers in Wisconsin would include Walker and his Republican pals, who are currently taking a sh^t on their lower wage counter parts.


Why isn't anyone demanding that Walker and Co take a severe pay cut and give up their benefits?


There is no budget crisis in Wisconsin, that's why.


Walker created this "crisis" out of thin air just for the opportunity to bust Wisconsin unions.


PASS IT ON, DEMOCRATS !


LET'S TAKE BACK OUR FREEDOM FROM THE DICTATOR RIGHTIST GOONS !!!


IMPEACH MULLAH WALKER AND THE RIGHTIST TEABAGGER THUG GOV'T IN WISCONSIN !!!


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 18, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANS, cut as much of Obams's give aways as you can.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 18, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Everyone wants a balanced budget but no one is will to take the heat. I hope the repugs get this passed. If for no other reason to help off set all the welfare programs the Dems have forced through since they took control of congress followed by the boy blunder in the white house.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | February 18, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Everyone wants a balanced budget but no one is will to take the heat. I hope the repugs get this passed. If for no other reason to help off set all the welfare programs the Dems have forced through since they took control of congress followed by the boy blunder in the white house.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | February 18, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

all of this is why the people voted the republicans to take control of congress...
the people want this fight...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 18, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The best thing for this country would be for Washington to shut down, and half of the federal workers there to be laid off.

Posted by: kenpasadena | February 18, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Soapm, what they are doing is allowing an open process which means any and all can offer amendments. If this seems unusual to you it is because an open process has not been followed for sometime. Republicans pledged they would have an open process where all can participate not just a few determine what happens."
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Gerry: I've heard that 600 amendments were proposed, so far 130 were adopted and that "dozens" more must be dealt with in the next day or so. This Open Process, while certainly democratic (note the small "d"), IMO seems both casual and ultimately self-defeating.

Posted by: shadowmagician | February 18, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This sets a whole new level for OBSCENITY!!! Forget about porn - this is the new obscenity.

Posted by: aandd | February 18, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS, BONER ?!?!

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Posted by: DrainYou | February 18, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Waiting patiently for the Republicans to start delivering on those J O B S.

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 18, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

every scumbag republican and bluedog democrat who votes to defund the healthcare law needs to turn in their healthcare cards/prescription cards/dental&eyecare cards ... NOW. they and their staffs can provide the sterling example of the power of the 'free' market by purchasing their own personal coverage.

walk the talk you gutless, hypocritical pukes.

Posted by: mycomment | February 18, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | February 18, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The GOP, acting like our own version of the Taliban, are seeking to take away women's reproductive rights. This is just the beginning. Women, wake up, rise up! The GOP's righteous and radical right will strip you of every choice you have.

Ironically, at the same time the GOP also seek to deny social services to the most vulnerable -- the unwanted children, the children born with birth defects..... They won't want to feed, clothe, shelter or provide medical care to them.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | February 18, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

we have, what has become, with decades of irresponsible lawmakers in power, an immediate national crisis in our spending. we can't afford it.

and this bickering is what the 'leaders' on the hill are doing?

oh ... this ship's going down, hope you got your life jacket.

Posted by: Waffle1 | February 18, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy prevails in the GOP. They claim to be voted in on the basis of JOBS! Instead they center on religious righteous pet projects to defund anything on a woman's right to choose and the help needed. The GOP does NOTHING for the people of the USofA; only for the rich and corporations. They want to deregulate because we are all to trust the corporations ( Read British Petroleum under Bush) and give tax breaks to the very wealthy. Hey, republicans, if you want to balance the budget it goes both ways; Income vs expenditure. But, balancing with income via tax breaks from your fat cat benefactors is not allowed.
When are YOU Clowns of the Congress going to listen to the people?

Posted by: sd-mouth1 | February 18, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy prevails in the GOP. They claim to be voted in on the basis of JOBS! Instead they center on religious righteous pet projects to defund anything on a woman's right to choose and the help needed. The GOP does NOTHING for the people of the USofA; only for the rich and corporations. They want to deregulate because we are all to trust the corporations ( Read British Petroleum under Bush) and give tax breaks to the very wealthy. Hey, republicans, if you want to balance the budget it goes both ways; Income vs expenditure. But, balancing with income via tax breaks from your fat cat benefactors is not allowed.
When are YOU Clowns of the Congress going to listen to the people?

Posted by: sd-mouth1 | February 18, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy prevails in the GOP. They claim to be voted in on the basis of JOBS! Instead they center on religious righteous pet projects to defund anything on a woman's right to choose and the help needed. The GOP does NOTHING for the people of the USofA; only for the rich and corporations. They want to deregulate because we are all to trust the corporations ( Read British Petroleum under Bush) and give tax breaks to the very wealthy. Hey, republicans, if you want to balance the budget it goes both ways; Income vs expenditure. But, balancing with income via tax breaks from your fat cat benefactors is not allowed.
When are YOU Clowns of the Congress going to listen to the people?

Posted by: sd-mouth1 | February 18, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Another right-wing attack on the American working class.

This is the Reagan Legacy - class warfare.

Why do right-wingers hate Americans so much?

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | February 18, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I fear for my country, I really do. When you look at the postings from the right it's clear that education hasn't been a priority for them.

I don't want to pay for someone else's kids because they didn't have access to birth control. Birth control is a hell of lot cheaper than welfare.

Funny thing about the "right to lifer" or actually the "forced pregancy brigade", they don't give two sh**s about the kid after he's born as they want to cut pre-school, nutrition programs,children's healthcare and so on.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican. Stupidity, thy name is Tea Bagger.

Posted by: affable100 | February 18, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

All you can see from the GOP is pure, unadultered meanness. Pure and simple. This is some vendetta they're on, and it's really disgusting.

Posted by: fmamstyle | February 18, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

And while they're at it, they can defund some of their pet coporate welfare programs like farm subsidies and oil & gas subsidies. Why are tax payers having to give our money to millionaire farmers and billionaire oil companies? Republicans need to stop pimping for these people and companies.

Posted by: lyndee1 | February 18, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't even imagine what must go on in the mind of people who think this empty political theater is positive.

Until this stupidity ends, they won't have time to actually work on something that will make it all the way.

Posted by: RichRable | February 18, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

One of these days the Greedy Old Party will figure out that they American people care about jobs. They way it sets now they don't have the same money to work with that they had last year. The more people with out jobs the less you get in tax revenue. We do need to curb our spending, but with out jobs there will be no one but the top two percent paying taxes. That is the ones who don't get robed.

Posted by: sandman839 | February 18, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we teach responsibility to the younger generation as opposed to bailing them out. Why do we tax payers have to pay for their mimistakes. If people don't mind paying, than stand out in front of your local planned parenthood clinic and offer your own cash. I'm not against abortion, but I am for responsibility and less entitlement.

Posted by: dunnigan70 | February 18, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we teach responsibility to the younger generation as opposed to bailing them out. Why do we tax payers have to pay for their mimistakes. If people don't mind paying, than stand out in front of your local planned parenthood clinic and offer your own cash. I'm not against abortion, but I am for responsibility and less entitlement.

Posted by: dunnigan70 | February 18, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hi. We the people here. Can you guys stop devoting so much time to fighting each other and go back to fixing the country? I think the only message that was sent in November was that America thought there should be a few more Rebublicans helping to clean up the mess they made.

Posted by: matt10301 | February 18, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are now the party of no.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 18, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@jkhamlin: "This is EXACTLY what We The People sent Republicans to Washington to do... Good job Republicans! Keep up the good work!"


See, this is why we can't have nice things. Partisan morons cheering their side on no matter what they do, even when it's the EXACT OPPOSITE of what they promised.

Posted by: BigTunaTim | February 18, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the Republicans didn't propose a 3rd war...invade Iran.....and parallel tax cuts for the rich to fix the Bush deficit. After all, that's how they handed Obama an insolvent government to begin with.

Posted by: go2goal | February 18, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Finally, some sanity creeping into the cuckoo's nest.

Posted by: Gypsy1 | February 18, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

This is EXACTLY what We The People sent Republicans to Washington to do in the November 2 Great Shellacking. Good job Republicans! Keep up the good work!

Posted by: jkhamlin | February 18, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, lets defund planned parenthood and let young girls do their own abortions with coat hangers! Now that is a GOP brainstorm! Let's defund Health Care and delay 50 million Americans obtaining health insurance....let's allow them to eat cake. THIS IS WHAT THE REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS ARE TELLING ALL AMERICANS TODAY. How stupid and unconscious Americans were to elect republicans to the Congress. Americans put the very crooks that completely destroyed this country from 1994-2008 in office! Now that is stupid. Green Day was right about not wanting to be an American IDIOT.

Posted by: vintel7 | February 18, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

House, meet Mr. Veto Stamp.
Choke on it.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | February 18, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Soapm, what they are doing is allowing an open process which means any and all can offer amendments. If this seems unusual to you it is because an open process has not been followed for sometime. Republicans pledged they would have an open process where all can participate not just a few determine what happens.

Posted by: gerryg43 | February 18, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

House, meet Mr. Veto Stamp.
Choke on it.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | February 18, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

44 has become one more place to pimp Republican activities in Washington. Thanks that is just what the Washington Post was missing....

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 18, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand what their leaders are doing by allowing all this stuff in the bill. It is all a non-starter in the Senate so it's like they aren't serious about trying to pass funding for the government. Now that it's in there, there will be hurt feelings when its all stripped out in conference so why allow it in the first place??? He must know what he's doing or he is trying too hard to please just his base... Which is the same partisanship he himself accused the Democrats of...

Posted by: soapm | February 18, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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