March 6th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Nancy, Nancy, Nancy!!

    Pelosi and Reid must go, go, go! Quit wasting our money on crap for your Greed!!

    March 6, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. California Revolutionary

    People like Obama, people detest Pelosi and Reid and Congress in general. Unless these two get some adult supervision Obama's plans will be derailed.

    March 6, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. arithmetic is liberal

    Rodney, why are conservatives whining about Pelosi's plane?

    Did you know that there are a few Republican congressmen who take the exact same flight as her side-by-side with her, and the only reason I know this is because one of those Congressmen is actually a friend of mine?

    Let's break it down here:

    $5,760,000 per year paid by 300 million taxpayers
    That comes out to 1.9 cents a year per person in this country to make sure that the Speaker of the House can travel back and forth between Washington DC, where she works, and San Francisco, CA where her constituents live.

    So Rodney, I'd hate to be your couch when it swallows a quarter. If you can get that outraged about 1.9 cents, then I'd hate to see what you do to your couch or the fifth pocket on your jeans when you misplace a couple pennies.

    See? Arithmetic IS liberal.

    March 6, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Matthew, Detroit

    By the way.

    Barack is a liar and a cheat.

    HE CLAIMS SAVINGS ON THE IRAQ WAR UP TOO 2019.

    Hey Barack. The war is over and we are cutting spending.

    How can you declare savings on something, NO ONE was planning

    on spending for the next 10 years.

    Just a trick and a lie.

    March 6, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. justiceforall

    Nazi P is a bigger joke than Barry O!

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Monroe

    This is why Democrates in Senate needed more then 60 seats also Reid needs to stand up to the Republicans, they seems to push the adgenda harder then the Democrates.

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Matthew, Detroit

    SAGG,

    READ THE NEWS.

    DEMOCRATIC SENATORS STOPPED THE BILLS , NOT HOUSE

    REPUBLICANS.

    READ THE TRUTH.

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. garry albrecht

    ummmmmmmmmmmmm
    only 50 members in the house voted against the bill meaning alot of Republicans voted for it. I think we need another Pelosi in the Senate.

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. dan

    You mean the honeymoon of when Harry met Nancy is over?

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    Obama 2.0 March 6th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

    I am an obama supporter, but Nancy pelosi has got to go, she is way to polerizing and devisive for the type of cooperation the admin needs.
    **************************************************

    BE REAL, OBAMA 2.0... YOU ARE NO MORE AN OBAMA SUPPORTER THAN RUSH LIMBAUGH! IN FACT, YOU MAY JUST BE LIMBAUGH! THAT IS JUST HOW STUPID YOU SOUND!

    PELOSI IS A STRONG WOMAN... DANG, YOU INSECURE MEN! YOU SIMPLY CANNOT STAND TO SEE A WOMAN HAVE ALL THIS POWER! JUST AS YOU WERE WITH HILLARY CLINTON! SOME MEN ARE JUST SO AFRAID OF A WOMAN IN ANY PLACE BESIDES THE HOUSE, BAREFOOT, AND PREGNANT! THE DAYS OF COLONIZATION OF WOMEN... IS SOOO OVER! GET USED TO IT! :)

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Ken

    Great. We have a Speaker of the House who wants a "scorched earth policy" when it comes to dealing with the GOP> Way to "reach across the aisle in the spirit of bi-partisanship. pelosi doesn't even know that natural gas is a fossil fuel. And the lib's say George Bush is dumb? Wait until Algore hears about this "scorched earth" thing. Maybe he'll get a Pulitzer next.

    March 6, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Noel

    Another Obama Dem here who seriously believes Pelosi is to the Dems what Limbaugh is to the GOP. A big fat joke, who thinks their **** never stinks.

    March 6, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Travis

    This sounds more like a 5 year old than one of the most important leaders of our country.

    March 6, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. ib

    Pelosi is so full of herself because she thinks she is the most pwerful woman in the world. She is trying to be president. Obama needs to wake up and put her in her place or better still send her on a one way ticket out of here.

    March 6, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. RAGE AGAINST THE MONARCHY

    Career congressmen and women are the greatest harm this world could face. Throw the bums out, starting with Nancy (the Bold Ego) Pelosi. Whoever is in office now, vote for the other candidate! Didn't Mark Twain say it, "Politicians and diapers need to be changed often, and frequently for the same reason". Making a career of being in congress is treason. Our founding fathers had no intention for thugs like these to be in office until they toddle up the steps on cains to keep feeding their greed.

    March 6, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Karen in Florida

    How dare they not let us waste the Public's money !! Who do they think they are !! Now, on your knees and kiss my ring (not the one on her finger).

    March 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Thomas Paine

    A heated meeting in which ideas were exchanged, points were made, and the process moved moved forward. This IS Representative Democracy. Somewhat slow and messy, but it does get the job done.

    March 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. lescroc

    To hell with Pelosi, let her get angry throw a fit, let her cry then tell her to SHUT UP and send per packing back to Calif. It is time to stop the few who think we need to worship them, it is time to send them packing and time to end OBAMAISM ! OBAMA socialism will kill our great COUNTRY.

    March 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Draeggo

    Typical Pelosi tactics and leadership. Lets just punish everyone if we don't get our way. Sounds more like a republican than a democrat. She needs to go.

    March 6, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. jim

    So this is how bi-partisanship works? The Obama-Pelosi experiment is failing!

    March 6, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. John

    Scorched earth, politics as usual. So much for change. Repubs and Dems, there ALL a bunch of self-serving, corrupt windbags. The next true patriot to walk the halls of the capital wil be the ONLY patriot walking the halls of the capital.

    March 6, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. LYNETTE IN CA

    I'm with Pelosi on this! The Dems have been far too complacent in the past and willing to try to play the let's wait and see if they come around.

    PLAY HARDBALL

    March 6, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. James

    Lets appoint her as Envoy to Iceland. I'm sure they could use some of the heat she generates without adding to environmental problems!

    March 6, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Rick

    Ahhhhh..... great! The DEMS begin to devour themselves. Perfect.

    March 6, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Bill

    Nancy Pelosi...once a idiot, always a idiot..plain and simple. But that is the mind set of California liberals, and that is why I left California. I am native from California, but the liberals have ruined California, and what kills me, they just keep on spending and taxing. Send her off to Norstrom's where she belongs!

    March 6, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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