March 6th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
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Congressional Dems have 'heated' meeting over spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate and House Democratic leaders had what two sources describe as an extremely heated meeting Thursday night about the spending bill.

Once Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid figured out he did not have the votes to pass it, he and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to propose passing a five day resolution to keep the government running, and come back to the $410 billion spending bill next week.

The two Democratic sources say Pelosi reacted with “anger,” arguing that Democrats should instead adopt a “scorched earth” strategy and simply fund the government at last year’s levels through the end of the year. Her point, according to the sources, was that even though Republicans have been slamming the bill as wasteful spending, many of them really have an interest in seeing it passed. This would call their bluff.

One of the sources says Reid and Durbin pushed back, saying the bill increases funding for a lot of Democratic priorities slashed by President Bush, and that it was worth another try. At the end of the tense meeting, Senate Democrats prevailed.

This meeting was first reported by the Politico.


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  1. Alan

    Reid definitely needs more of a backbone. Pelosi should definitely exert pressure on Repubs to "shape up or ship out." Repubs never worked with Democrats during their 6 years of congressional dominance. Heck, Repubs even tried to pull the "nuclear option." And now Repubs are crying that their voice needs to be heard since their party is in shambles. Repubs are such sore losers...

    March 6, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Tom in Miami

    THe Republicans are getting KILLED in the polls! Whhhoooo-HHOOOOOOO! Next election the Dems will sweep BOTH HOUSES by a MILE, biatches!!!! We tried it your way you greedy thieves and now the WILL OF THE PEOPLE will prevail!! OOBBBAAAAAMMMMMMAAAAAA!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Chris from DC

    To all you one sided Democrats... You are the problem with this country!!! I didnt vote for Obama, but I am pleased with him trying to help our country! I am open minded! You my friends are all about yourself! You are the reason people want hand outs. I worked for every last penny! More wasteful spending is not needed and I hate to tell you, but my friends on the Hill agree that both sides are fighting within. However, the rebuffing comments are crap! You know it and I know it! You are just small minded and probably need a handout. The Democrats know their own party dont want to give you the check to go spend at Sizzler! It makes me sick that I cant get a check because I make too much, but you all want to play chess with other people's future! Wow, you really care about the Earth when you don't even care about our futures. Kinda contradicting don't you think liberals?

    March 6, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Rick

    I have been a devoted Dem my adult life. Pelosi is a true Republican. She has adopted their manner of thinking. ITS MAY WAY , OR NO WAY..
    She needs to step down and replaced with someone who will adopt Pres. Obama's "lets work together" platforms.

    March 6, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Frank, Las Vegas

    Meka........Congress has term limits, it's called elections.

    However, I agree with no retirement, serving your country in Congress was never meant to be a profession. There wasn't any retirement until the early 50's. It was enacted by a Republican Congress under a Republican President, Eisenhower. Funny how that works. The Republicans cry for less government except when it benefits them.

    March 6, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. marc

    We are in big, big trouble with this current admin., we need to stop giving things away, the only way to get the economy going is to get the American worker back to work and not tax him into the poor house. It seems that the only employees getting a lot of work is the irs, everyone this administration chooses is a thief when it comes to filing their taxes. Let one of the common man not pay taxes and owe the government 140k for years or 16k for years or 6k for years, you would be locked up, your first born would be jailed, your house would be padlocked, that is ofcourse unless you were a politician. Wake up America, we the tax payers are going to get a major stiffing. Pay attention, soon we will be owned by the Chinese.

    March 6, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Jimmy, AK

    Bush destroyed our country, but Obama's going to kill our country.

    March 6, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Chris from DC

    Pelosi uses her plane for her family! Oh and my last private visit to the Hill Nancy was throwing a party! I think others need to know this. But you all keep voting her in! This fighting will continue until she is gone! Who the heck likes her? I can't find anyone!!!

    March 6, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Lbear

    If Obama expects to accomplish very much then he needs better leadership than Tweedle Reid and Tweedle Pelosi who never saw a principle they couldn't bend or an opposition they couldn't cave into.

    Hissy fits and speeches, closed door meetings and deals cut. How about doing away with the 2/3rds rule for fillibusters and have actual democracy in the Senate like the House?

    March 6, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. skatesailor

    Pelosi's response "arguing that Democrats should instead adopt a “scorched earth” strategy " shows the true Pelosi. She doesn't give a crap about the country. For her its a major ego trip. If this country is to go forward she needs to be replaced.

    March 6, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Rob in Ark

    There are no political solutions to these economical problems ! Throwing more money, will only make things worse ! Tempers flair only because the "DIMS" have no answers.

    March 6, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. WDM

    It is laughable how the republicans after years of being the kings of earmarks are now going to save us from their own medicine. 8 years of Republican economic policy has put us in this mess, and now their only hope is to cry socialism, and hope that Obamas policies fail, and that our economy will be in ruins. The Republicans have nothing to offer but unrestrained anger, fear, and negativity.

    March 6, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Dr. T

    REpublicans are REtarded and won't get REelected. Bush spent the surplus in Iraq killing his daddy's enemy. Don't blame us for the mucked up economy. YOU REPUBLICAN JERKOFFS MESSED UP AMERICA AND THE WORLD AND OBAMA IS GOING TO PUT THINGS BACK IN PLACE.

    March 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. ds, USA

    I think the democrats are are being rash. They should just wait for Rush to tell them what to so they don't have to apologize later.

    March 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Tom Dawson

    If they can't even agree on how to keep their own paychecks coming, how can we expect them to save he country in these bad times, let alone solve the problems in our international relations – all of these residuals of the Bush years......

    March 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Tom Dawson

    If they can't even agree on how to keep their own paychecks coming, how can we expect them to save he country in these bad times, let alone solve the problems in our international relations – all of these residuals of the Bush years......

    March 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Tom Dawson

    If they can't even agree on how to keep their own paychecks coming, how can we expect them to save he country in these bad times, let alone solve the problems in our international relations – all of these residuals of the Bush years......

    March 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Mike L

    I think Obama is actually a moderate, but he is going to increasingly have problems with arch-lefties Reid and Pelosi. The sooner he can arrange to replace them with moderate Democrat replacements, the better. If he wants to do business with the Republicans and possibly keep a majority in Congress in 2010, that would be a good start.

    March 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Bob

    This is the first positive news on the economy and budget I have read this year! If Ms Pelosi is serious, perhaps we can avoid this disastrous budget busting fiasco and return to fiscal sanity. If we eliminated all taxes this year for everyone, it would cost less than this crazy "stimulus" budget, encourage investment, create jobs and it wouldn't saddle our kids and grandkids with long-term deficits that they will have to pay with higher taxes well into the future.

    It also would avoid government control of our healthcare and our lives. Long live Nancy Pelosi and her crazy tantrums!

    March 6, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. EnoughAlready

    They should put Pelosi,Reid and big mouth Barney on Pelosi's plane and send it west............

    March 6, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Marie R

    People just stop fighting on both sides and do what is RIGHT for the american people.We are sick and tired of what you think is right for the american people when you've had years to have a plan to fall back on but went ahead with everyday politics and ignored hard working americans.Right now people are losing their homes ,jobs ,retirements,and future savings and it's politics as usual.To H*LL with this and just do the right thing and do what we as taxpayers are paying you for and make us proud that we have you as our representatives because we sure as H*LL are not happy with you now!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Bill

    What a queen bee. I live in Cali. she is the laughing stock of my state
    which i love

    March 6, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. DNC must be changed.

    STEP DOWN NANCY PELOSI !!!! TAKE CARE OF YOUR GRAND CHILDREN YOU LOVE AT HOME. DON'T MESS AMERICA AND AMERICAN ANY MORE.

    March 6, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Cheney

    So.Nancy,if they dont like it all the better.Let them eat mud for four long years.They didnt want to hear a thing you said for eight years.Paybacks are sweet.

    March 6, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. lisa

    I didn't vote for Obama, but I have to give him credit for trying to be bi-partisan. It is less the Republicans opposing him than Reid and Pelosi with all their verbal mooning of anything Republican that is creating the environment that is keeping the two sides from being able to work as the our US Government instead of as Democrat vs Republican.

    March 6, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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