Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate
March 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate

Washington (CNN) - While Congress debates how to continue funding the government, the political debate Sunday centered on the president’s involvement in the negotiations.

Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona blamed the Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate before the midterm elections, for the current budget battles and touted the Republican plan to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.


“Democrats were in charge of the House and Senate last year. Their job was to get a budget and fund the government, they didn’t do that,” Kyl said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “When you ask what can Republicans do? The House has put out its proposed budget for the rest of the year.”

“I think it’s up to the president to propose what he would do instead,” Kyl added.

The current two-week continuing resolution that is funding the government expires March 18th. Last week, the Senate rejected the House bill, as well as an alternate proposal from Senate Democrats that would cut $6.5 billion from the current spending levels for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30th.

But both parties agreed Friday to move ahead with a three-week stopgap bill that would cut an additional six billion dollars, avoiding a potential federal shutdown.

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California acknowledged the three-week plan is likely to pass through the House, but blamed Democrats and the president for the current situation.

“The president didn’t even call the speaker until the day before when we were going,” McCarthy told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley about the debate surrounding the previous continuing resolution. “He enlisted the Vice president to be the negotiator. They came in for one meeting then the vice president left the country and we were only funded for 2 weeks. How serious are they about solving this problem?”

“Look, we're not going to shut down the government, we want the Democrats to step up. You can't negotiate with yourself,” McCarthy added.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who also said the three-week plan is likely to pass through the House and Senate, said the president is “working behind the scenes.”

“I’ve met with him (President Obama) with leadership,” Durbin said on “State of the Union.” “I know he is reaching out to try to find some accommodation here.”

The Senate majority whip said there is “frustration among members of Congress that things aren’t moving to a conclusion.”

“But the president’s establishing priorities, the most important American priorities,” Durbin said. “I think that should guide us in the negotiation.”

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Ed Hornick contributed to this report

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  1. Joan

    If the Republican's strategy of trickle down economics and tax breaks for big business so they will create jobs works so well, then why did the whole economic system collapse when they were in power? Why was the country losing over 700,000 jobs per month when Pres. Obama took over? Why had the deficit gone from a surplus when Bush took over to a deficit in the trillions when he handed the country to Pres. Obama? There doesn't seem to be any good argument that their old methods will work any better this time around and in fact could put the country back in jeopardy of another recession. Are the American voters really that gullible?

    March 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. diridi

    go and ask Reagan and Bush that messed this nation.....budget...budget...budget...!!!! They drained this economy like crazy idiots.....sold out to Saudi for Oil....embezzled money like crazy....GOP thugs created this mess....true, true, true...now they cry on Budget.....where is the money....Obama is no Lance Burton, nor David Copperfield...to pump from pocket...oil, and money....

    March 13, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. afterthought

    When it comes to conservatives, why is it that crazy equates to leadership?

    March 13, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Grim Reaper

    Wait a second- Why has CNN not been holding government accountable for these continual gaffes? Calling the day before something is due is like starting homework on Sunday night. Sending Biden in to negotiate the budget debate-really? Sending a doll headed blubbering fool to bridge the gap. Perfect. Almost as perfect as a President that won on a record of 'Present'. Let government shut down and let's get a recall of some of these politicians-we can start with Harry Reid, chief advocate for Cowboy Poetry Festivals. News Flash: Dick Durbin, Mitch McConnell, Michelle Bachman are all part of the problem. Maybe CNN can call out both sides rather than just work at garnering advertising dollars.

    March 13, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Anonymous

    The Michele Bachmann article doesn't seem to be accepting comments about her "Gaffes" so I will post here. Ask Barrack Obama what he thinks the national motto of the United States is. He will answer as he did in Indonesia "In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one," but it is actually "In God We Trust.". Has CNN bothered to report on this Gaffe? The only one I can find on CNN is Obama's "Guns and Religion" comment. Not really a gaffe actually, because there is a pattern emerging here – Obama hates people of faith – at least Christians.

    March 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Allen

    The Michele Bachmann article doesn't seem to be accepting comments about her "Gaffes" so I will post here. Ask Barrack Obama what he thinks the national motto of the United States is. He will answer as he did in Indonesia "In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one," but it is actually "In God We Trust.". Has CNN bothered to report on this Gaffe? The only one I can find on CNN is Obama's "Guns and Religion" comment. Not really a gaffe actually, because there is a pattern emerging here – Obama hates people of faith – at least Christians.

    March 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Candy Crowley asked very simple questions to Sen. Jon Kyl , Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Dick Durbin but we didn’t get real answer
    After the show question is
    Will congress and white house have 2011 budget by 2012?

    March 13, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. azmary

    @ Allen "When did In God We Trust" become our national motto? It was not even added to money until the mid 1950's. If your would check your history "E pluribus unum" has been around a lot longer than 50 years, it has ben on the seal of the United States since the 1780's.

    March 13, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. California

    Does Obama and the democrats even have a budget? Someone please tell me that pitiful little 4 billion in cuts isn't all they have.

    March 13, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. John in Brooklyn

    Kyl's party is now in charge of theHouse...stop whining, you political weakling.

    March 13, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    “I think it’s up to the president to propose what he would do instead,” Kyl added.

    No, it's up to Congress to propose a budget – read the Constitution if you don't believe me. The President made clear his proposals and the areas he wants funding; it's up to Congress to now do its job – and that doesn't mean, "Our way or the highway."

    March 13, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    In Deo speramus is the latin phrase for In God we trust.

    You republican idiots have to stop believing every stupid thing Glen Beck makes up and claims to be the history no one will tell you !!

    THINK

    March 13, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans spend every waking minute coming up with ways to criticize the President, because they've figured out how to channel people's fears, ignorance, impatience and willingness to scapegoat others.

    Reminds me of the effectiveness of the Fascists in Germany in the 1930s ...

    March 13, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Patrick from Minnesota

    Alllen, "e pluribus unum" is the traditional motto of the United States. Just becaue our president chose to use the more secular motto over the religious one doesn't remotely mean he hates people of religion. Lest you forgot, we separate church and state.

    March 13, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. a in austin

    This from those who want women to feel the instrusion with cuts to birth control, for our children to be less educated, for the haves to have more, for Main Street – less. It's all about what the gop can do for the rich – wake up. There are a lot of Have Nots who think they Have – until the cuts hit their personal lives. Cuts need to be shared – you can't continue to cut on Main Street.

    March 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Chris

    Apparently Republican Sen. Kyl missed the part where his own party repeatedly fillibustered every attempt by the Democrats to produce a budget. That's sort of like cutting someone's brake line, and then saying its all their fault the car crashed because they were the ones behind the wheel.

    March 13, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The party of NO, complain, campaign and repeal surely aren't suggesting they are the "good guys", give me a break.

    March 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |