Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal
April 5th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal

Washington (CNN) – Top White House and congressional negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday on a budget to cover the remainder of the current fiscal year, bringing the federal government closer to a shutdown at the end of the week.

Key Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to keep the government running for one more week at the cost of an additional $12 billion in cuts. Republicans, meanwhile, dismissed Democrats' insistence that there had been an agreement to cut $33 billion for the rest of the fiscal year.

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  1. Carol

    The Republican house leader doesn't want the Republicans to be put in a box. Does he mean a box that the U.S.A. was put in for eight years when the Republicans were leading the U.S., by the last President?

    April 5, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Citizen for Progress, Liberty, and Freedom

    Frankly, this is the biggest problem with a Republic...the constant deadlock between two sets of whiney rich kids, which, if any of us recalls the Senators of Rome and how that whole ordeal ended up...unfortunately for us I highly doubt a barbarian army will sever us in two...instead, us peasants will keep getting everything squished out of us till there's nothing but a poor and angry lump of meat. Hopefully then all the angry lumps of meat will rise up and topple the Plutocracy that has got a strangle hold on Uncle Sam. Unfortunately, that kind of talk is "Pinko, Commie, un-patriotic BS"...which is how they keep us in line...getting 40% of the community to call the other 60% communists for caring about one another over business...then it seems like we're more like 50/50...when one side is just more competent at yelling and shooting than the other. Frankly, I'm excited for Generation Y to take the reigns...we're just plain smarter and better educated than the Baby Boomers as a whole which makes us less susceptible to lies and deceit...this thanks to our proficiency with the internet and that wealth of knowledge just being a few google searches away. I have hope that we will correct the abhorrent mistakes our elders have made these past 60 years (starting with Reagan's Trickle Down Scam)...I just hope America is still here by then...unfortunately I'm sure lobbyists and major companies are already grooming the future waves of politicians and i know that where there is good...there is evil...and evil seems to have deeper pocketbooks. Probably because of their cutthroat lifestyle (several cases can be made during and since Prohibition...but as an example, the Bushes [as in H.W.] sold weapons to the Nazis for their fortune)? Aerosmith said Eat the Rich...I say Hang em High like our Fore Fathers would've wanted.

    April 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Zeke

    Obama & team didn't pass a budget before the election when they had a majority in the house and senate. They could have passed anything they wanted but they didn’t. Why… to avoid exposure of their extreme tax and spend agenda before the election. They have no credibility on this issue. Boehner should say what Obama said… I won… elections have consequences… you compromise with me since you didn’t have the courage to pass your budget in 2010.

    April 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    Boners' worthless little speech said 1 thing to me when he said "the riders" are very important to his "people," I assume he meant his TPers-well they aren't that important to most voters IMO. They need to get busy and get this mess settled. They weren't sent to do all this arguing. They were sent to do what they ran on-CREATE JOBS!! Not one effort has been made to do this.

    April 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. S. In California - Obama 2012

    As far as I am concerned the republicans can take their so called "budget" and wipe with it! I am sick and tired of them demanding our president and the middle class "take it or else" WE suffer what they will inflict upon us attitude. Stand firm and strong Mr. President and we will send them ALL packing in the next election.

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. JVC

    The editor of this should have caught the missed spelled two at the end but, I agree with the president on this we need serious people to come together and make some tough and serious decisions. We need people to stop throwing around their agendas and really push what is best for the U.S. at this point.

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. John Henson

    Obama compromised out the Wahzoo, and is now finding out there's no such thing on the other side.

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. disgusted

    So, instead of closing loopholes that are being used by corporate tax dogers like GE, they've decided to go after the elderly and the poor. I hope that somewhere Dante is designing a special layer of Hell for these corporate traitors and the politicians who are being paid off by them. One in which they'll be forever hungry, sick, homeless and without hope.

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Come on y'all, play nice

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. STEVE RAYMOND

    Obama care was a my way or the high way so the POUS has no leg to stand on there

    oh yeah.....this is the 111th congress budget............the dems have only themselves to blame for this being unresolved
    actually two years worth of budget i think......why is he so concerned to step up to the plate now
    is blaming bush going out of style or something?

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Johnathan

    Obama is not capable of "lashing out' at anyone ...and is a proven wimp in calling out republicans at all.
    Shame I have to vote for the lesser of two evils, 'cause i don't know how i can vote republican from a party that :
    a) doesn't believe in science
    b) Lives the lie that taking from poor to give to the rich will equal jobs
    (isn't that the same redistribution, only in reverse, that Obama was skewered over?)
    c) providing tax breaks for the wealthiest and throwing everyone else under the bus
    d) is racist
    e) alleric to actual facts
    f) keeps repeating the lie "What the american people are telling us..."
    g) Bible thumpers
    h) Social issues ignorant
    i) Doesn't believe in fire
    j) Wishes there were gun vending machines in school cafeterias
    j) Doesn't care if you live or die.

    Obama is maybe a step up from that, Obama is the consumate gutless superwimp of our time.

    Come to think of it, maybe i'll just sit this one out.

    April 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Derek

    The GOP is worthless, they act like a group of worthless old racist who are completely out of touch with the times and total coporate lackies.

    It appears they are trying to finish the job Bush started relative to destroying this country, while making the wealthy wealthier and killing off the middle class.

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. cybexg

    No, I completely disagree.

    I believe the public is in need of a learning experience. I also believe that the Dems are being far far too fearful while the GoP is being untruthful (even by their standards). I believe Obama should just concentrate on getting out the truth and let the Government shut down (with NO exceptions for most programs – for example, Social Security).

    Let’s see what happens to public opinion of the Tea Party, the GoP and everything else after a little learning. Seems to me that Clinton did something like this and it worked wonders.

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. FBnut

    Obama has had a year to "fix the budget" and NOW he says we need to fix the budget. What a moron!

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Robert Paulson

    Our politics are so sad these days. Everyone is crying about everything and the only solution is making assumptions, exceptions, and taking away rights. The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer.

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. REG in AZ

    “GOP wants to drastically cut Medicaid”! “GOP won't allow increases to the very wealthy's taxes”! “GOP won't allow a one time $250 payment to Social Security recipients who don't get cost of living increase”! “GOP wants to stop health care reform, financial reform” and anything else that impacts the status quo for Special Interests and the select few! “GOP wants” .... c'mon people, it is obvious what the GOP wants – to be 'puppets' for the few who 'pull their strings', who strongly support them and who together seek to con and manipulate the majority, including the total middle-class who will just continue to loose more! The arrogant and aggressive deception may succeed in appealing emotionally to self-interests but it really offers no hope of solving problems and rather just aims to greatly serve the interests of the very few. Remember Bush-Cheney and the costs of their belligerent concentration on the few – well ‘more of the same’ is all the GOP now wants!

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Aaron

    Boehner's wolrd is all smoke and mirrors. The mirror is that the revenue side, supported by huge cuts to wealthy individulas and loopholes for corporations that have drained the revenue side. The smoke is finding fire in cuts to NPR and education while maintaining huge expenditures in corporate subsidies and military spending. Boehner and the Tea Party continue to hammer government spending while porking on their own government health care, government perks, and wealthy doners. It is not about spending –it is about priorities and investment versus spending and waste. With Boehner's smoke and mirrors (and Ryan's) we will gut quality of life support, continue our war machine, spend our way to psuedo security, and have career politicians milking the government cow for their own end.

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Leslie

    For goodness sake! Those old Republicans have got to go! They have NO interest in the average American, they are only looking out for the rich and the corporations! They have NO heart, all they see are money signs!

    April 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Mark

    There wouldn't even be budget talks if democrats were still in complete control. They would still be spending.

    April 5, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Craig

    Wow – kinda like the pot calling the kettle black there Obama.....the Dems used the last two years to push every social agenda item under the sun while refusing to even discuss tax reform, or entitlement reform. That's not courageous that is cowardice. Now that the Republicans are sticking their necks out to propose some choices that are not popular but they are necessary you publicly criticize those efforts?

    You sir are a poor leader. You would propose to continue to grow government out of control to satisfy your short term goals in order to let the next guy deal with all the hard problems. I guess that's what we get from a guy that would never take sides on his voting record and instead voted "present" most of the time.

    I applaud the Republicans for actually making the effort to listen to the people....

    April 5, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. egore

    The Republicans are being held hostage to the tea party extremist in the House and their supporters. These people reflect just a small fraction of the public, according to recent opinion polls, yet would have it their way or nothing. That is no way to legislate. The idea of political compromise in this country extends back to the very birth of the Republic. It is what has sustained as throughout our history. Yet the tea party faction understands nothing of this history; they understand even less about political realities.

    April 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Spoonless Eddie, CT, USA

    When you need more money at home, you get more. Work overtime. Take a second job if you have to. But our congress isn't allowed to do that. Instead, half of Congress is in Herbert Hoover mode, and the other half is a rudderless ship. The only thing these guys can be counted on to do is to pay themselves their inflated salaries. As sad bunch.

    April 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Dean

    Why are we living on continuing resolutions? The last congress had a majority on both sides headed by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid. They were able to pass health care but not a basic budget?
    What was the real reason why the 2011 budget was not passed BEFORE the current financial year started?

    April 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. JP

    The only cuts the GOP propose effect the lower and middle class. Let the greedy 2% contribute to the country that made them filthy rich. Repeal the Bush tax cuts. They have proved they did NOTHING to stimulate job growth or the economy. The tax dollars they save goes directly into their greedy pockets.

    April 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. lauradet

    Republicans [are] trying to use the budget talks to push unrelated priorities relating to issues such as abortion and environmental protection. What else is new? Didn't Republicans use the same terrorist tactics to get the wealthy their tax breaks? Has anyone else grown sick and tired of the Republicans' scare tactics?

    April 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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