Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal
April 5th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. vinny

    If any thinks the Democrats or Obama want to seriously cut spending, then you may also be uinterested to know about some lovely beach property I have for sale in Afghanistan

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Robert

    Too bad the Dems didn't do their job when they had the majority – hindsight is 20/20 isn't it? But since they did not do their job - here come the cuts and frankly, they are well deserved. But, how about just using the waste in Medicare that the Dems claim are there according to the Health Care law they passed? Interesting that it is not being referred to.........

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. ms829

    I'll try to be fair in my commenting since I consider a liberal. One: Democrats will have to learn to cut spending to already existing programs, etc, but I do not believe they are overspending. Two: Republicans will have to learn that there can be no 'non-spending' to solve this entire problem as it is completely unrealistic, but I'm glad they decided they need to cut spending, though they better take care as to what they cut. Certain things are not options that will hurt this country if they are cut.

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Name jay

    Time for term limits for senators and congressmen they are what's holding this country back. They want to cut everyone else spending, they should start with themselves first.

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. mary

    Go JOHN! stick to guns

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. David

    "My way or the highway" summarizes the GOP method of negotiation. Too bad the TP hates the highway, at least how it was funded and who built it. They will try to spin it as the Dems' fault when everything shuts down. Will the general public believe it? Or have they heard enough?

    April 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. A. Goodwin

    Bohner – So where are those jobs, eh? Stop wasting our time trying to decrease funding for UNDER-funded programs!! Lets look at reducing Corporate Tax Breaks and our Defense before telling a kid who is on WIC that he can no longer eat or the kid who has epilepsy that there is no funding for reseach.

    April 5, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Rosslaw

    The Tan Man and his ilk have never shown any hesitation to spend the United States into bankruptcy. These economic genuises demanded that the defiicit be increased to extend tax cuts proven since 2003 not to have the slightest economic benefit for anyone other than the 2% Tan Man and his ilk represent. Now they use the budget are a cover story to defund Medicaid for children( once they are no longer fetuses, children should be denied medical care), the EPA and the SEC since, as we all know, the securities market is sef-regulating. The Republicans have become America's version of the Russian mafia, but without the competence.

    April 5, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Justin

    Mr. Boehner: “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the white house to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options." Ummm why not John? Americans have to do it every time they step into a voters booth.

    April 5, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. a

    "What we can't do is have a 'my way or the highway' approach to this problem," Isn't this exactly what the dems did with the health care bill. Seems like Congress should have spent time getting a budget done.

    April 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. U. B. White

    U balance the budget by not giving Social Security to drug addicts, this only subsides the traffickers. U stop giving foreign aid to anyone. U& stop fighting wars for B.P. Oil (British Petroleum). U stop fighting wars to protect drug growers for the British.

    April 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Jocko from Morocco

    “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the white house to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options." – Isn't that what they do to voters every 4 years?

    April 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Foward blue

    Although we spend a lot of time talking about what – and who – got us into this quagmire, let's take a moment to look at the names and the words of the Senators who defied bullying by Team Bush and had the wisdom and courage to vote "nay" on October 11, 2002.

    Here are the brave ones:

    •Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
    •Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
    •Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    •Robert Byrd (D-WV)
    •Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)
    •Kent Conrad (D-ND)
    •Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
    •Mark Dayton (D-MN)
    •Richard Durbin (D-IL)
    •Russell Feingold (D-WI)
    •Robert Graham (D-FL)
    •Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
    •James Jeffords (I-VT)
    •Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
    •Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
    •Carl Levin (D-MI)
    •Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
    •Patty Murray (D-WA)
    •Jack Reed (D-RI)
    •Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)
    •Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
    •Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
    •Ron Wyden (D-OR)

    April 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. 2bits

    Yeah there is Obama and that reason is you!!!!!

    You spend more than all the US Presidents from Washington through Clinton combined and you have the gall to say that?

    Your Obamanomics is what got us into this trouble in the first place!

    April 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Bob

    Budget should have been passed months ago. I am not a Repub., but this is clearly the Dems. fault because it could have been done under complete Dem control.

    April 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. ABM

    The GOP is only helping themselves and their corporate backers. The are levying cuts on the lower and middle class through their cuts. No cuts for the elite or big oil.

    April 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. DENNIS

    I think it's time to reduce the salary of all politicans. Also time to ask a little more from the people who make $500,000 and above. Get real people, why are the Republicans not asking these people to contribute a little more. 90% of these people do not create jobs. If you're working class, there is only one side to take in this debate.

    April 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Foward blue

    If you want less war and more civil liberties. Vote for Jesse Ventura 2012. Obama is a devil in sheeps clothing.

    April 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Don

    In the words of our Bible.Let us reason together.And let us walk in love.When Tip O'NEIL. WAS SPEAKER Their Was Compromise, Statemanship, And No Government Balanced On The Backs Of The Poor.America Must Pray For Our President And Congress To Do What Is Right For Our Country.God Bless Everyone.

    April 5, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Nickle

    Typical republicans. It's their way or the Highway again, and they don't care who they hurt as long as it is not the rich or big business.

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. RiffRaff

    Classy as usual. Can he stop talking & play nice long enough to actually do earn his paycheck? Its already 6 mo past due. Hes the new boss so get it done. Its all on Boehner now. Show us how brilliant & efficient your fiscally conservative Reps can be (the ones who wont listen to economists about the economy) Make something happen with all of that brainpwer and economic acumen on your side. Please! Be part of the solution for a change.Why does this 3 year old crybaby continue to get elected? Hes so caught up in his insecurities-nobody is gonna tell me what to do-that he forgets there are 300+ million other Americans in this country!! Sick of it! 3 days left & the MILITARY DOES NOT GET PAID. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of others-or the rest of our government non essential services. Thats ok because they dont do anything anyway,right? I guess we'll see what they dont do next week while they all lay around their mansions getting a vacation.

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. lforlegend

    Bonehner is full of it, he oughta be left out of the process in order for America to move forward.

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. MikeInSA

    "What we can't do is have a 'my way or the highway' approach to this problem," Obama stated, "That is of course unless it's MY way with MY very meager reductions in the budget. Then of course it's all good."

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Scott Gregory

    Anyone who can add – can do the math and see that BHO isn’t serious about balanced budget – one look at his 2012 proposed budget adds almost 1 trillion dollars the deficit.
    Over 10 yrs it would almost double the national debt! Millions of citizens are taking it more seriously than him! His budget is not only weak, but it’s a flop! Obama should be known as Mr. Water downed (for someone who would stand on our side – he’s shown his true colors, BOMBINGS, SURGES, bailing out wall st, passing a mandate – that big insurance is PROMOTING. On a side note – he did say over 30 times in 2008, THAT HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT AN IND MANDATE – IT WOULD NOT BE APART OF HIS PLAN – HE EVEN CALLED IT UNFAIR, BECAUSE IF YOU’RE HEALTHY – IT IS!!!

    April 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Ryan

    Obama > Boehner. That is all.

    April 5, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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