Republicans oppose further short-term funding solutions
March 14th, 2011
09:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Republicans oppose further short-term funding solutions

Washington (CNN) – Republican opposition is growing over the continuing resolution that would fund the government for three additional weeks.

Both parties agreed last week to move ahead with a three-week stopgap bill that would cut an additional $6 billion from current spending levels, avoiding a potential federal shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Friday. The House will vote Tuesday on the new agreement, but some Republicans argue the cuts don't go far enough.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who serves as chairman of a key bloc of House conservatives, said he will vote against the three-week spending plan when it comes before the chamber for a vote.

"Americans sent us here to deal with big problems in bold ways. We're borrowing billions of dollars a day, yet Senate Democrats have done little more than wring their hands for the last month," Jordan said in a statement. "Democrats control both the Senate and the White House, and it's time they stopped dithering. We need swift action to deal with spending for the rest of this year."

Republican Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, a freshman member of the House Appropriations Committee, said President Obama and leading Democrats in the Senate are "failing to fully engage in this debate," compared to House Republicans who, he said, have "done their job."

"Let's close the book on 2011 funding with common sense debt reduction and then move on to the critical tasks of making government more efficient, enacting long-term spending reforms, and modernizing entitlements," Graves said in a statement.

The legislation under consideration this week was drafted by the Appropriations Committee, making Graves' announcement more unusual.

President Obama and Congressional leaders all say they want to avoid a government shutdown, but the parties remain at odds over how to address the immediate need to authorize government spending for the next six months and the long-term need for budget reforms that reduce the deficit and national debt.

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 30.

At a meeting with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said "there is a lot of frustration" that Congress has been unable to pass a spending bill for the rest of the year.

"Obviously there are a lot of other issues that we would like to see dealt with in any kind of longer term solution," Cantor said. "But right now we are trying to position ourselves so that we can ensure there is not a government shutdown, but to continue cutting spending and reach a result that I think that we can get a majority of members to go along with."

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona was another member of Congress to come out against the deal.

"How are we ever supposed to tackle the grave fiscal challenges before us like the debt ceiling, the debt, and the FY2012 budget when we just keep punting on FY2011 spending?" Flake said in a statement.

And on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, Marco Rubio said he, too, would oppose any additional short-term solutions.

"While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed,” Rubio said in a statement. “It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster."

The freshman senator said the country can avoid a government shutdown if the president "steps up to lead and if politicians from both parties finally get their act together."

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen contributed to this report


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. MartinP

    President Obama proposed a budget. He has NOT failed to lead. Republicans and Democrats have failed to compromise. Please see Boehner and Cantor's pledge in November and December "never to compromise." They are going toward diseaster, and they are fighting over whether to cut $2M to Planned Parenthood. I mean, COME THE EFF ON!

    CUT DEFENSE SPENDING THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AS WASTEFUL! THAT IS $100B IN SPENDING RIGHT THERE! OM-EFFING-G! This isn't frickin rocket science.

    Fact: Even if we didn't spend another dime on discertionary spending (That's 12% of the entire budget, which is the ONLY THING on the table) we'd still have a massive deficit. Thus, logic dictates we have to RAISE TAXES, DEAL WITH DEFENSE SPENDING, and REFORM SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. Anyone talking about ANYTHING ELSE is just wasting time, ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE.

    Also. Anyone opposed to having MORE time to debate the issues needs to be kicked outta Congress. Seriously, this my way or the highway approach is old and tired.

    March 14, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Republicans opposed to something good for our country? I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED I TELL YOU!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    When are they going to cut their own salaries and pay more for their own healthcare costs? How about revamping the sweet retirement package they get?

    March 14, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. DAVE

    you can keep saying that americans sent you to washington to work on big problems like the budget BUT you need to deal with the fact that they did not send you a super vote in the senate of 60 votes. you need to deal with the reality that the president does not think you are right in your budget cuts and he also was sent there by the people. you made the big promises now lets see you pull it off. i hope you shut the goverment down to help middle class americans. it will de-value the dollar making imports cost more and american made goods cost less (that will be a nice change in direction for a change). it will be cheaper for other countries to invest and own american companies. i bet they will expect their money to be invested in growth and do not want their money to be set on like american companies are doing with their money. the only people who get hit by a shut down is the very rich who base their wealth on the american dollar value and the stock market they will understand its just like a pay cut or lower wage like the rest of americans have had for 25 years. please shut it down and take a long vacation if you want to you republicans made this big mess now you are crying because the democrats are not interested in helping you fix your mess. try working on something else you republicans were sent their to do jobs,jobs ,jobs! oh wait! i forgot your failed ideology tells you that its not the goverments job to creat jobs. besides you haven't got enough of your other failure yet of "trickling down on the people" to make their life better! cry babies!!!!

    March 14, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Rubio speaks as if he is NOT part of the Washington problem.

    [“It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster."]

    The DEBT disaster began when BUSH took office – The problem NOW – everyone wants to blame President Obama even though he prevented a depression.... my how most suffer from STM (Short Term Memory)!!

    How much do you want to BET that the RepubliCAN'Ts are still going to vote for a "Short-Term Solution" because they have NO SOLUTIONS!!

    March 14, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Debbie from Arizona

    Well, maybe they ought to actually go after the big budget items, like Defense, subsidies for the oil companies (which they do not need), unpaid for tax breaks for the rich, unemployment being paid to Millionaires, and Corporate tax loopholes that allow the Big Boys to get away with fraud. Instead they want to cut the EPA, Planned Parenthood, Student Loans, WIC and anything that has to do with the general welfare of the middle class and working poor in our country. They need to get out of the pocket of Big Business and actually make the lives of average Americans better. I am so sick of these totally bought and paid for Congressmen/women sticking it to the average American while pandering the Big Corporations.

    March 14, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. LouAz

    C'mon Repubs and TPers, you wanted the job. You've got the majority . . . get to work. WHERE ARE THE JOBS ? ? ?

    March 14, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. MAC

    The Congress needs to do its job and do a budget that cuts spending and waste. If tax increases on everyone including the poor (they helped create the debt) were enacted to pay off the debt then were recinded when the debt was paid off that would be a good thing.

    March 14, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Bobby Ray

    The deficit will not be solved without cutting Defense, Social Security, Medicare, AND raising taxes. Until we face that truth, this is just sandbox bullies posturing.

    March 14, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. john

    Well, either Boehner reins in his Young Turks or he loses the rest of his party's confidence in his leadership. Right now the Republicans seem to be steaming full ahead towards a shipwreck.

    March 14, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. carrotroot

    The President has the power to sign things into law or veto them, he's not a member of Congress he doesn't write the bills. If there is a government shutdown it will be the fault of the Republicans. They have to learn to compromise. That is how good government works.

    March 14, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Except if Bush comes back and declares war on Canada, for allowing all the cold air to cross our borders. Then we'll have plenty of money. Just wait and see. There will always be money enough for republican B.S.

    March 14, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The GOP seems to be unwilling to understand what government does and what it does for people. Too much cutting is a bad thing and will hurt the poor. Wait, this is the GOP and they don't care about the poor!

    March 14, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. usualone

    Why are they so afraid of the Tea Party? They have short term memories of what happened when the government closed down before during Clinton's term. Also, the costs of closing down the government hurt others than government employees. And that isn't just the government contractors, the social security recipients, and so forth. These members of Congress seem completely confused and only follow those who bark the loudest.

    March 15, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. earl fey

    Were they against it when thty said they were but voted for it. Now they are against but will they vote dor it so thet can be against itr next. Lot of NOs there

    March 15, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. BeverlyNC

    The Republican budget is irresponsible, moronic, destructive to the country, and will cause the debt to rise in the long run. Republicans can never admit they are wrong – a major reason why they are not fit for any leadership position. This budget is one giant mess. Tepublicans are hung up on a dollar number with no understanding of the consequences of what their budget will do to the People and our economy. GOP economists even say it is unworkable and will kill up to 1 MILLION jobs and destroy our economic recovery, They could care less. They just want to say they met some ignorant dollar amount. Republicans promised jobs but I guess they meant killing jobs and killing the middle class and hurting them more. If you elect hate-filled liars, this is what you get. Republicans are not leaders and cannot be trusted. They are only about themselves, their wealthy buddies, and their corporate buddies who buy elections for them. They are anti-American and care NOTHING about the PEOPLE. Time for them to GO – NO REPUBLICAN IN 2012!!!!!!

    March 15, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  17. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Well one way to "tackle the grave fiscal challenges" is to stop prolonging the tax break for the rich. Especially since they then take more from the poor to make up for giving to the rich.

    March 15, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  18. Jeff E.

    These are the same republicans who demanded tax cuts for the wealthy. Their whole game is redistributing the country's wealth to the the top 1% of Americans at the expense of everybody else. If they were serious about balancing the budget, they wouldn't have demanded tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans by holding the middle class hostage. This is not about balancing the budget. It's about destroying the government, unions, anybody who isn't stuffing gobs of cash in their campaign coffers. Just ask Governor Walker and his pals, the Koch brothers. They are a bunch of hypocrites

    March 15, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  19. Beamer

    I hope they vote against an extension. They also need to defund the $100B that Obamacare has has in place now. There is no need for civility as the GOP never got any for 8 years of Bush with exception of the short window of 9/11.

    March 15, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  20. Name king

    These repugs have a sweet way of talking, but the party of no, and no compromise is a formable foe to deal with. They narrowed billions at the start of the year to make sure their rich friends are being taken care of, and now are preying on the middle class and poor, sucking every drip of demand power they have to support their mama's and papa's stores, supermarkets, malls, walmart, and local community businesses. They are stead fast of robbing the demand money from the middle class and poor who spend it in our economies and create jobs, and funnel it to the rich who push trillions of dollars on the sidelines, then get the repugs to complain about uncertainty for them. Obama just gave in to the repugs bitching about uncertainty by pushing billions of dollars to the rich this past December. Now the repugs want them to have unfettered deregulations, to ignore the American people all together and take their business over seas where the demand power is emerging. I wonder if the repugs understand that almost 75 percent of our economy is consumer driven. The rest are exports and other things. Why are the repugs trying to destroy our demand power, and expect businesses to stick around and hire folks when they have cut the customer's money. I thought their mantra was jobs jobs jobs. Could it be that they hate Obama that much, to destroy our country on purpose just to make him a one term president, it's the things that makes you go mmm.

    March 15, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    All sides have to compromise to get our nation through this mess.
    Republicans cannot have it completely their way.
    November 2 was not the last election we'll ever have.

    March 15, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Let's just cut the services in the U.S. like the GOP wants, until we are a third world country and there are riots in the street!

    The GOP the will then have achieved it's stated agenda for "America to fail">

    "Patriots", not so much, GOP? Indeed.

    BTW oh Orange Oracle, where are the JOBS?

    March 15, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  23. OH YEAH?

    I haven't read of anyone in either party suggest bringing our military home from Afghanistan and Iraq. That would cut our deficit in a BIG way. Then if we stopped "re-building" other countries and quit giving handouts to coporate america, we would have a surplus.

    March 15, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  24. rusty155

    You Republican enjoy It why you can , because In 2012 you won't be Around too say much. We better have what left of you just to say no all the time intend what you republican are doing now. So enjoy.

    March 15, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |