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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/28/2011

White House warns of relying on stopgap measures

By Perry Bacon Jr.

White House officials warned Monday against dragging out the budget fight into a series of continuing resolutions instead of reaching a long-term agreement.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the administration was "pleased" with progress on Capitol Hill toward a stopgap measure that would fund the government through March 18, but did not want that to become a precedent for more temporary measures.

"If we keep returning to this process every couple of weeks, that will be bad for the economy because of the uncertainty it creates and the tension around that," Carney said in a briefing with reporters.

His comments were the latest by the administration to suggest a government shutdown would be perilous to the economy. Both parties are painting apocalyptic scenarios if they don't win the budget fight; Democrats warning of an economic collapse if the two sides can't reach
an agreement; the GOP raising the specter of a Greece-style meltdown if America cannot reduce its debt.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 28, 2011; 10:46 AM ET
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Comments

Why didn't the Democrats pass a budget last year when they controlled both houses?

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

WAKE UP PEOPLE!! The government wants more and more of YOUR MONEY!!. They can then give Your Money, to grease their political machines; give it to MegaBanks,Wall Street/Treasury Insiders; to more people on welfare that don't work for a living, to ever more military and federal"contractors" and fed employees, -who get COLA "raises" every year,'FREE HEALTHCARE"-personal leave days, -no limits sick days,-a pension "guaranteed" "by taxpayers"(that you may not have),and... "may be working" (if you can find them).

Posted by: stormpost | March 1, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

WELL! IT SURE DID NOT BOTHER HIM THE FIRST TWO YEARS HE WAS IN OFFICE!! HE JACKED UP BUSH'S LAST BUDGET IN JAN '09! SINCE THEN, WHAT BUDGET HAVE THE DEMOCRATS PASSED????

OBAMA DOES BEST WHEN HE IS EITHER ON VACATION, OR HE IS KEEPING HIS MOUTH SHUT!

WHAT AN INCOMPETENT INDIVIDUAL!

Posted by: wheeljc | February 28, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Democrats had no budget? No problem.
Democrats used a CR? No problem.
Democrats used another CR? No problem.
Republicans use a CR? PROBLEM!

I think Obama's credibility on the budget is gone. He can be ignored now.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 28, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What I am dreaming about is a budget impass where the Democrat's all flee to Canada or Mexico so as to avoid a vote. THAT aloe would make shuting down the govenrment worthwhile.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 28, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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