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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Nancy Pelosi: 'I'd rather not speculate' on funding cuts

By Felicia Sonmez

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to say Thursday whether House Democrats might support a stop-gap government funding resolution that cuts spending below current levels.

"I'd rather not speculate," Pelosi said when asked whether House Democrats would back such a measure. "We want to work together to keep the government open and get us a continuing resolution that takes us through the end of the year."

Pelosi made the comments after a news conference with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Betty Sutton (Ohio) hailing the passage of legislation that would restore federal funding for local police officers and firefighters.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday morning rejected a short-term extension of the measure currently funding the federal government. The resolution expires on March 4, and the government could face a shutdown if lawmakers aren't able to agree on a funding compromise before then.

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did earlier Thursday, Pelosi accused Boehner of threatening to shut down the government.

"We've seen this happen before, and it is a failure," Pelosi said. "It's really a failure to say, 'We have taken the leadership of the Congress of the United States, and the first thing we're going to do is shut down the government to the detriment of our people, to our security and to our country's future.'"

Republicans countered that throughout the spending debate, Democrats have been the ones cheering on a government shutdown.

"Our goal is to cut spending - not to shut down the government," Boehner spokesperson Michael Steel said. "But Washington Democrats seem to be rooting for such a shutdown, hoping for to gain a partisan advantage."

Pelosi said that she, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) had a "very good meeting" in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon with President Obama, Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

The top agenda items at the luncheon meeting were Obama's 2012 budget as well as the recommendations of the president's fiscal reform commission, Pelosi said. She said that the message fromthe meeting "was that there's no doubt in anybody's mind that Democrats are committed to reducing the deficit, but to do so in a way that grows our economy, creates jobs, strengthens the middle class and helps us win the future."

She also argued that making deep spending cuts would be detrimental to the still-fragile economy.

"We're coming back from the deep recession that President Bush took us to with their reckless policies, the 'So be it' doctrine," Pelosi said, a reference to Boehner's "so be it" remark earlier this week on federal workers potentially losing their jobs due to spending cuts. "And coming out of that, even the fiscal reform commission said, when we go down this path of cutting spending, we have to be cautious in this first year or else we can reverse some of the economic growth that we need to have to grow our way out of the deficit."

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 17, 2011; 4:12 PM ET
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What's the wretched botox-lizard spending on these days - field mice? Booze? Plane rides for hundreds of "friends" or just another painting for her lavish office? I don't CARE what she says - I cant take her seriously - I just want her toiling her later years in oblivion and misery.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | February 17, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans and the right-wing Media must think Americans are brain dead. Because here is How to cut the budget deficit by $10Trillion AND create 10Mill high paying Jobs. And Republicans are not suggesting any of these steps, in fact they oppose them!!! Proving yet again what Lunatics, what enemy of American people.

1st, cancel the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthiest top 1%, this will save almost $1Trillion over 10 years.

2nd, end the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars. This will save us $2Trillion over the next 10 years, at least.

3rd, Cut the US Military budget to half of what it was during Reagan area. After all the Soviet Union DOES NOT Exist anymore And Taliban has ZERO Planes, ZERO Ships, ZERO Submarines, ZERO etc. real Weapons. So this means cutting the US Military budget to $200Bill per year. This will save us $5Trillion over the next 10 years, at least. And keep in mind that even after cutting US Military budget down to $200Bill, it will STILL be the largest Military budget in the World BY FAR. That is how crazy Gargantuan US Military budget is. FOR EXAMPLE close the US Military bases in Europe, this will SAVE the American Tax payer at least $100Bill per year. After all European Union is now MUCH RICHER than the American Union (aka USA) as you can see from Euro being much more valuable than US Dollar, all Europeans having Universal Nationalized health care, or simply as per the FACT that EU 27 nation economy is $16-Trillion vs US economy being $14-T, etc. And again given the FACT that EU is richer than USA and given the fact that EU has any and all technologies that USA has from Airbus selling more than Boeing to German Auto makers beating the US Auto makers into dust, then if EU wanted to spend more on defense it easily could.

4th, Provide American people with Universal nationalized health care as they have in all Developed countries, since in all countries that have real nationalized health care, health care is taking about 9% of the GDP whereas in US with for profit health care, health care is taking a DEFICIT BUSTING 18% of GDP.

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Posted by: USisNoDemocracy | February 17, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The opinion of the check out clerk at the local 7-11 carries more weight than what's-her-name's.

Posted by: logicprevails | February 17, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The opinion of the check out clerk at the local 7-11 carries more weight than what's-her-name

Posted by: logicprevails | February 17, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone care what she says?

Posted by: drowningpuppies | February 17, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the real problem is the middle class sees little adjustment in the size of the fed, state, and local governments and they just wish for the deficits to go away. I can understand their situation where they are worrying about their jobs, if they have one, and they see the big federal government arguing about billions of dollars this way or that, and they just say ... enough. Watch out or we may become the next Bahrain.

Posted by: bccb | February 17, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

That lush? Come on anyone who can drink $110,000 worth of booze on an airplane in two years isn't sober enough to run for POTUS. She's a definite AA candidate maybe Charlie Sheen can give her some advice on rehab facilities.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 17, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse


Whatever happened to the $700,000,000,000 (that's right, billions) T.Sec Paulson gave to the financial industry with no questions asked?

Posted by: epespinoza43 | February 17, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi. Remember the name. She might very well be the first woman President of these United States.

Well before Bonkers Bohener.

Posted by: bert8 | February 17, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Nancy who?

Posted by: oldno7 | February 17, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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