Senate Democrats give up bid to pass $1.1 trillion spending bill
December 16th, 2010
07:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats give up bid to pass $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a dramatic twist played out on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded Thursday night he lacked the votes to bring up a nearly $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

Reid, D-Nevada, accused Republicans of withdrawing previously pledged support for the bill, and said he would work with the Senate Republican leader to draft a short-term spending measure that would keep the government running beyond Saturday, when the current spending authorization resolution expires.

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  1. Mike

    Absolutely amazing this guy got re-elected.

    Oh, that's right, I remember now. They shipped in thousands of illegals who were "vouched" for to cast ballots.
    Like I always say, if you can't win then cheat.

    December 16, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Harry, good decision to pull the Omnibus bill. The Continuing Resolution should fund the government into Feb to give the new Congress time to cut the pork and slim down our bloated government.

    December 16, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Greg in Cabot, AR

    " will work with Republicans on a short-term alternative.".....that we know the GOP will vote against anyway....
    Someone tell the GOP that the election is over, time to get to work.........

    December 16, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Right

    About time.
    Quit spending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    December 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. libnausea

    Nice try Harry. You don't rule anymore.

    December 16, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. ronalde

    nice move harry just get this year over and hand things over to the republicans and lets see what they come up with.

    December 16, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Notarichboy

    Thats the smartest thing I have ever heard Harry Reid do!

    December 16, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    I'd like to know how many of the earmarks were from Republicans.

    December 16, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Komlan

    You know what? These two parties are the same. What a bunch weaks.

    December 16, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Sean

    This guy is completely clueless!!!

    December 16, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Dave

    Seriously??????? After all the news and debate on this in the press, THIS is the story they have?!????!???!?? Really?

    How about pointing out the fact that 1.3 TRILLION was earmarked into this, the vast majority by Dems? They tried to ram another stimulus/bailout BS bill down our throats to the toon of another 1.3 TRILLION!! This Democratic lead Congress is absolutely unbelievable.

    They just got destroyed by the voters and they do not care. They do not care one bit about you or what you want. They do not hold themselves accountable for anything. They do not care about the deficti or the debt. It is ALL about power and control by pushing their agenda. It is disgusting.

    I hope this country remembers all this craaap in 2 years and absolutely destroys the Democrats and the old school republicans that went along with some of this stuff.

    Wake up people, vote every single incumbant out!

    December 16, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. mike a , lakewood

    congress: "whaaaaaaaaaaa, I can't have my way and now I have to work until Christmas, Whaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" who cares to the lazy foot dragging bureaucrats...get to work and actually do something constructive.

    December 16, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Sherri W.W.

    I am really surprised that Sen.Reid is dropping the yearly spending bill,in favor of a temporary one>ut I`m sure he has a good reason.I would liked to have had them get that done before all those Tea Party people get in there,in Jan,but maybe thats the idea~let the Repubs&Tea Party figure it out~and who would like to bet me THAT will be one of the BIGGEST MESSES we`ve EVER seen in Washington~eventhough there has been some "dillies"before??~Oh well~if those folks end up fighting&shutting down the Govt.from all the services we need,that may be the best way to get the ones who can`t function an ACTUALLY run anything ,when it comes down to it,OUT ASAP!~Because WE ARE NOT PAYING ANY OF THEM TO GO TO WASH.D.C.,TO FIGHT AN FUSS~WE ARE PAYING THEM TO ACT LIKE SENSIBLE GROWNUPS AND GET SOME THINGS DONE THAT BENEFIT THE MIDDLE CLASS~NOT THE RICH! we will see.

    December 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. James

    Reid should force the vote and let the government shut down. Make the Republicans hear from their constituents.

    December 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Veronica Dance

    If the country need the money we need the money.No need to have americans suffer because previous presidents messed up the spending and its just so now falling on obama.

    December 16, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Chuckie

    Obama-Worst President Ever!

    December 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Ant

    keep up doing your job Reid n let them know holiday is a day as every day in the year. For earmark every body has earmark in its budget n remember let them know if they can vote for the 2% Americans they can vote on the fiscal year too.

    December 16, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Robert.P.

    What if the musicians had argued about what song to play as the Titanic sunk ? Can we all just sing a song please?

    December 16, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. terry Boehm

    Perfect – exactly what needed to happen. Weren't the Dems paying attention on 11-2?

    December 16, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. titan

    Good. The gov shoudnt spend the money it doesn't have.

    December 16, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Joe Schmoe

    We need at least a 50% cut in spending. Do it across the boards evenly with everything. Military, social programs, SS, Medicare, Federal and state employees, Pensions. Everything. If we dont cut back drastically, soon there will be nothing. Isnt half better then nothing?

    December 16, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Triple A

    Do away with Earmarks!!! Don't make us flush Washington again in 2012...

    December 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Joe

    Of course the Republicans would go back on their pledges. They now know all they need to do is create a stalemate for another month and they will have the majority in the house and move much closer in the Senate. They are also somehow able to convince people that saying, "we will block every single thing this white house or congress wants to do," means they are working together and care about people's interests. Of course, they care only about their re-election. Reid is going to have a very very tough job for at least 2 more years.

    December 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Karen

    The New Congress can't get here soon enough.

    December 16, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Evan

    So the Republicans say, "If we don't pass the bill to extend the bush tax cuts, then we as a party will fight the democrats and president Obama every step of the way in passing ant legislation." Which I think is preposterous in the first place! The people voted you into office to help us regardless of your party affiliation, not based on our political affiliation. I can understand Obama rational for wanting to extend the bush tax cuts, but at the cost of 544 BILLION! What I am getting at with all this in all be it an indirect way, is that, the Republicans are not going to help you anymore now than if you wouldn't have passed the extension of the Bush tax cuts. There will always be the same old partisan bickering and infighting! When will our country learn that this path isn't working, and it is half to blame on the media, for shaping there opinions into new that should be unbiased. Even CNN is starting to become like Fox and Msnbc. When will the media wake up, and report reality?

    December 16, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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