Republicans step up pressure on Democrats over government shutdown
February 25th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
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Republicans step up pressure on Democrats over government shutdown

Washington (CNN)– One week before a potential government shutdown House Republican leaders stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats by moving ahead with their proposal that would keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.

"If they walk away from this offer they are actively engineering a government shutdown, " House Deputy Whip Peter Roskam told reporters in a conference call Friday.

While the GOP effort is aimed at laying the blame on Senate Democrats if they fail to agree on the plan before funding runs out next Friday, the proposal also includes some cuts intended to find common ground with Senate Democrats and the White House.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the $4 billion in spending cuts would come from program terminations that President Obama included in his proposed 2012 budget and the elimination of earmarks, two areas that Senate Democrats have said they are already considering.

A senior House Republican leadership source said $1.3 billion in cuts would come from eliminating six federal programs and $2.7 billion in savings would come from getting rid of earmarks in the spending measure that’s currently keeping the government operating. Leaders said details of the bill would be posted online later Friday afternoon.

“There is the potential for a lot of overlap in what Republicans and Democrats want to do to cut spending,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democratic leader, said in a written statement responding to the proposal. But Schumer also said, “they are threatening to force a shutdown if they don't get everything they want. That is reckless and irresponsible."

House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy stressed, "these are things that people have agreed to already."

House Republican Leaders said they are pushing ahead on the short term measure which would allow more time for the House and Senate to negotiate a longer term spending bill for the rest of the year.

A government shutdown is "not an acceptable or responsible option for Republicans,” Cantor said, but clearly tossing the ball in the Senate's court, added, "this will be our second action to prevent a shutdown compared with no action by Senate leaders." Cantor was referring to the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed last week.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    Shut it down! See what that does for you in the polls when you refuse to compromise!

    February 25, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Adalbert

    Let the corporate puppets shut down the government and see what will happen to them in 2012.

    February 25, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. VA is for Lovers

    Shut it down!! Give the party of "NO" a dose of their own medicine. You want smaller government right??? I expect ALL congressman's pay to be DECREASED if there is a such down. No welfare for congressman, if you're not at work you don't get paid!! SHUT IT DOWN!!!!

    February 25, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. NJfinest2009

    this is too funny and this is exactly why Obama will be re-elected 2012 The republicans have no one to blame for his re-election but themselves, shut down the government and you will all see how much support the republicans get then. It takes one retiree to not get a ss check and the battle will begin!

    February 25, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Compromise is not "we make an offer and then you take it or we blame you for all the fallout that occurs when we refuse to do anything other than what we offered to do." That's not copromise...nor is it dialogue and discussion. The apparently IRRELEVANT polls show that people want COMPROMISE, not hamfisted bludgeoning and "my way or the highway" bullpucky. But hey, the reality is, this has NOTHING to do with what the American people want: this is all about the GOP trying to arrange a way to blame the Dems for us not getting what we want. The fix is in...the government WILL shut down...just as soon as the GOP feels like it has maneuvered itself into position to win the blame game by repeating ad nauseum that it was all the other guy's fault, ignoring their own contributions to the problem and sending out Astroturf Frankenstein to fake a grassroots uprising that pathologically rationalizes blaming everyone that doesn't support the GOP and giant corporations/politically powerful GOP-allied industries.

    "compared with no action by Senate leaders"

    Right, you know, except for Reid offering (among other things) to put a bill on the table that would fund the government for a month while they negotiate some form of compromise on all the cuts. If you ignore it, pretend it didn't happen and fabricate affirmative statements that it didn't happen or that the opposite happened, then it really didn't happen, right?

    February 25, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Clwyd, I'm with you "Shut it down" and start playing the blame game.

    February 25, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Jc Ohio

    " ... $2.7 billion in savings would come from getting rid of earmarks in the spending measure"
    This has a zero effect on the budget as a whole ... since removing the earmark doesn't actually change the amount of money a specific agency or dept recieves. Its merely money within that agency/dept that has been singled out for a specific project.

    February 25, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. DEMS-just shut-up....!

    It is the Democratic-party talking SHUT-DOWN not the GOP...So Dems if you want Government to work for the
    People...than compromise........... We the people are watching.......!!!

    February 25, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    The American people have voted the Republicans in to REIGN IN INSANE DEMOCRAT SPENDING. If shutting down the blotted and wasteful federal government is needed to accomplish that then I am behind it 150%!!! The idiots Democrats mistake this for 1995. They live in the past at their own peril. The American people have awaken to the damage they have done to this country with their endless spend and tax policies. These attempts to smear the Republicans for acting responsibly to control government spending will back fire on them. The American people spoke last November but the DemoCommunistas refuse to accept it. For that, many willl lose their jobs in 2012. it can't come too soon.

    February 25, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Lazarus

    Deomocrats are hoping for a shutdown like what turned Clinton's fortunes around back in the day. Either way it is not going to matter because Obama does not have the skills or cunning to make it happen. He will get some blame if it happens plus the economy, unemplotment and rising costs are all things Obama has undermined while refusing to make cuts. He will keep straddling the fence and playing the polls but voters forgave Clinton because he comprised to turn this around – I don't see that happening with Obama & Reid.

    February 25, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. james Miller

    The Repubs were free-wheeling spenders during Bush. Now those same people are "balancing" their budget by cutting jobs, saying NO to raising taxes on the millionaires.---– These folks disgust me.

    February 25, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Limbaugh is an IDIOT

    The REAL American Tea Party is emerging!....Not the unAmerican ones orchestrated by Fox News and their lemmings Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, air head Palin to boost their ratings and milk your hard earned dollars!

    All across America the Real Hard Working American Families are standing up to these fascist GOP Regimes in the state govt. houses to demand real freedoms that our founding fathers fought for!!!

    the right to express yourself
    the right to collective bargain,
    the righ to join unions,
    the right to better pay and fair wages
    the right to better working conditions
    the right to assemby and free speech
    the right for uquality and justice
    the right to negotiate and have a seat at the table
    the right to hold an opposing view to govt.

    These are our collective fundamental human rights as CITIZENS of the great USA! and our teachers, police and firefighters deserves every right rather than our crooked politicians and their corporate goons!!!

    February 25, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. betterdays

    Sorry to all those who don't like the House's temporary budget proposal. This would be a good time to recall some of the posts here on the day before last year's elections. I read all about how Democrats were going to maintain control of the House, and how all the pollsters were wrong, and how Republicans were delusional and "they is all in for a rude of wakening" (actual quote hanging on my refigerator).

    Guess what? That's right. The Democrats lost the House. L-O-S-T. But there is still a Democrat majority in the Senate. And THEY will decide whether there there is a shutdown or isn't one.

    February 25, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    @DEMS-just shut-up....!: your lot are the ones who are willing to throw federal workers out simply as a matter of principle. As usual, the Dems have agreed to a number of things the GOP has proposed IN EXCHANGE for something they want. Your bunch are the ones not mving becasue you keep piling the cuts on, and have no intention to get the government moving again. Our system is built on compromise, not on sitting down, not doing anything and ripping on whatever is proposed without putting together a counter-offer. The GOP is not compromising, and the people are watching you. You have no serious proposals, only a political wish list. If you had really been serious about cutting the debt, the tax cuts passed in the lame duck session would have never been proposed. We still have a trillion dollars in capital sitting around waiting for the private sector to start spending, so what is your lot proposing to do to get that moving?

    Be prepared to give blood in 2012, because the beating the GOP will get will make 2010 look like a Sunday School picnic.

    February 25, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Bruce

    The Republican strategy ought to fail - the problem is that the Democrats are such weenies, led by the ditherer-in-chief in the White House, that they could end up shooting themselves in the foot.

    February 25, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. David in Seattle

    Funny, the Republicans had no problem shutting down the Senate when they were (and still are) in the minority. But when the shoe is on the other foot, the Senate Majority and the President, must yield to whatever they want. Shut it down! The American people voted for these Republican ignorami and give them what they "voted for".

    February 25, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Lolo

    @Dems just shut up, you need to stop listening to fox news, because you are spreading the same lies that they tell you. You have not heard one democrat say shut down the government. No wonfer this country is srewed up. Too many idiots.

    February 25, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. M Pauper

    The Republicans are hell bent on finishing off the middle class, aren't they?
    This will teach voters to vote their interests, and not hate filled propaganda. They were more concerned with believing the lie that President Obama was a Muslim socialist, and voted accordingly, to put the Republicans right back into office after we said no more, and decided to stand up for our middle class values in 2008. How soon they forgot. Americans are notorious for cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

    Well, we all know the fable of "Come On In" said the Spider to The Fly. (The Republicans and John Boehner being the spider. Tea bagging voters being the flies.)

    So I guess their motto now is "Let them all drink tea".

    February 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    DEMS-just shut-up....! Where in God's green earth are you getting your information. The Republicans have been threatening this since taking over the house and the purse strings. This kind of ignorance is destroying our democracy.

    February 25, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Gale

    The budget cannot be balanced without tax cuts. Get the point, all you Democrats? Geesh!

    February 25, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Ms. T

    Everyone keeps talking about going ahead and shutting the gov't down...but who is that really helping? I'm a gov't employee and I'm not a high paid gov't employee either. I work hours on end and still struggle to make ends meet. You want to talk about doing things like decreasing the unemployment rate? What happens if the gov't shuts down? Many of us may have to file for unemployment until we can get paid again. Blaming one political party over the other and blaming the President is not the solution. I'm sure we can look years back into past Presidents and find something they have done to help contribute to the mess that we are in right now. I know that this problem is bigger than just me and that I am just one person who is being caught up in all of the political b.s. and the ramifications that go along with it, but let's stop and think for a minute about all of the people who this is really going to harm! Me and my son could go homeless over this mess!

    February 25, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Marko

    Government is about compromising. Would someone fill in that to the new republican Taliban senators and congressman.

    February 25, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Marko

    Governors too!!!

    February 25, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. michaelam

    The insane patients running the asylum can shut the government down. We, the People, of the former middle class know fully well which party to blame and shut out at the ballot box in the next election. Any chance of the GOP/Teahadists ever holding either the Executive and/or the Legislative Branch will not materialize for a very long time. We, the People, of the former middle class are fed up and will not take any more nonsense from the GOP/Teahadists! We wish to be viable once again and move this great nation forward. We will no longer beholden to the corporations, banksters, hedge fund managers, etc…that ruined and collapsed our country! Please, find a rally near your city and attend. Tomorrow, we make our voices heard! Save the American Dream!!!

    February 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. rusty155

    If the Government shut down It will be the Republican fault so shut It down, you spend two years of saying No and getting pay for It. It the Republican that Isn't Compromise with any one they are saying there way or the highway. Just to let you know I don't trust either party. But the Republican sure do lie a lot more. They were so pose too work on getting JOBS ,heaved even try to get any JOBS for anyone but trying to take some a way.

    February 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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