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. Rickster

    Let's not forget that the only reason the government needs these continuing resolutions is because the democrats failed to do a budget for the current fiscal year. Democrats should never be voted into power again....they didn't pass a budget and they will fight every budget cut that is brought forth. They will try to turn this into a class warfare and their brainwashed supporters will buy into their nonsense.

    April 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Sebastian

    Boehner seems to think that he is the PRESIDENT. He is not. He doesn't get to tell Barack Obama what to do.

    Boehner neds to put his bill together and send it to the Senate. It would be wise for him to send something to the Senate that they have a chance of passing. IF IT GETS PAST the Senate, THEN the President will consider it.

    The buck stops with the President Boehner. That's the way our systems works. Keep it up and the President will VETO your nonsense.

    As it stands right now, you and your members of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES haven't done your job. YOUR job is to get a bill on the PRESIDENT's DESK.

    April 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. urban

    This sounds like nothing more than smoke and mirrors. ... . . wake up people... we are cutting tons of programs at home, so we can fight these wars that really hurt us...
    By cutting these programs, people also loose jobs, etc.... Just another BS promise with no REAL FACTS.... WAKE UP!

    April 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Chuk

    Guess what, Boehner, you already made your bad choice; you're now caught between the Tea Party and reality. Pressure is starting to build... slooowly....

    April 5, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. John A.EvansIII

    The biggest mistake the American people made was electing the REPUBLICAN PARTY to office in Michigan & Ohio now there is a deadlock with the party of no holding the people hostage with a goverment shutdown or attacking the middle class, Senior crtizens the disabled- goverment fanilies, veteran famlies , We need to spuash Newt -PALIN & BOHENER!"

    April 5, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Realist in chicago

    This is a shocking and historic moment is this economy is broken with a threat if our government shuts down then what. What everyone needs to do in Washington and legislating bodies across the country is come together. All politicians ate required to leave thier special intrest groups at home in the closet. Big companies need to start paying taxes on thier earnings. Some of the largest American corporation did not pay taxes in 2009. Our IRS tax code is corrupt and ineffective at properly assessing owed taxes based on earnings. Why do our government program provide tax incentives to companies that do not need the money. The wealthy should be subjected to a high scrutiny of thier tax filings. The taxes not being payed by corporations and the wealthy are hurting this country. Allowing privatization of schools and outsourcing military duties to government contractors and pay 2-3 times the cost to outsource (outsourcing reduces cost not increases). Please everyone pull off your corruption hats and start thinking about improving the future of this country.

    April 5, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Jack

    Unfortunately the bad option in Boehner!! Wish we could just fire them all and start again.

    April 5, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. urban

    The reason we cant fix our budget is simple – we are spending in other countries aboard in our worthless wars and not taking care of our own citizians and country.... just another corporate puppet on a string we call the president....

    April 5, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. kyung conning

    I JUST can not trust him.

    April 5, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. james Miller

    Time to get a backbone Democrats and stand tall for what you profess to believe in which is exactly what the Repubs did even when it was unpopular.

    April 5, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Sees All Evil

    Mr. Obama your awesome you have them rethuglicons all figured out.

    April 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. John A.EvansIII

    Or maybe people dont care keep listening to NEWT & BOEHNER we can all starve together ?"

    April 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Wtf

    Cant they all just agree on somtheing already

    April 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. artistchd

    “He must leave now so the conflict may end.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed against Afrcan President Gbagbo vs Ouattara. Butt Brother Barack: He is clearly another pitiful propped up, sycophant, contradictory-equivocating sellout white house colored boy, real living Negra, and funny looking little tree squirrel monkey man. Faithfully doing as he is ordered by his Vatican-Pope & Elitist Rulers dictate to him. Making this Melaninated brown skinned African American, “I’m Half black & half white” “Mutts like me”, is a sure terrorist threat to the dignity of sovereign nations worldwide. Smile ‘n lovin’ faith always with a healthy good sense of healing humor, yawls.

    April 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Rae

    Guess what Bane-er, there will be no good options only tough options and there has to be NEGOTIATIONS!!! A Majority of this country voted for our President. WE did that because we liked his message and vision for change. Yes, you won back seats in Congress, but those were gerimandered districts so not quite the same "Political Capital" you rethugs always think you have if someone from your party gets voted for in an election or otherwise. I don't care who you are FIX the problem, stop playing politics....................America is watching.

    April 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Dreamer96

    We should start a national lottery for never having to pay any U.S. federal taxes for the rest of your life, for individuals only, (not corporations), and one spouse, either current, or future. Price of each ticket 1 million U.S. dollars. A minumum of 1,000 tickets must be sold before drawing is held. Conduct lottery with one ball for each ticket sold, ticket number on the ball. One guaranteed winner, each drawing.

    April 5, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Jeff Smith

    $33 Billion??? Is that all this president and the Democrats are prepared to cut? Bankruptcy is on the horizon.

    April 5, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. shane smith

    The GOP needs to learn how to go about compromising, they also need tto acknowledge that they, with their special tax rates and constant wars, are responsible for this debt as well not just their so called entitlements they constantly complain about. I support Obama.

    April 5, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    I do not trust this man. He does not fight for his constituents and would do anything to be reelected. He is helping the Republs take us all back in time because of a so call debt problem. We do not have a debt problem. We have a war problem and a government problem, a problem of spending lots of money, then giving tax cuts, giving subsidies to energy, giving tax cuts to big business and mismanaging the economy and jobs and now they are trying to make the most vulnerable in our society pay for the excesses of govt, business and the wealthy.

    April 5, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. NameAJ

    These idiots need to figure this out

    April 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. RS1962

    With all this talk about the budget cuts the one I have yet to hear anything about is the so called War on Drugs. We all know that drug use has been on the rise so it seems to me that the money is being wasted. Then you have the fact that kids today are more into the drugs in your medicine cabinet. I think the money we spend on so called war on drugs should be looked at way before any cuts are made to education or social security. This country needs to put more money in to education not take away from it.

    April 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Pete

    Totally defunding the military would also be real spending cuts – but it would be about as stupid as what the Republicans are trying to push through in typical "my way or the highway" fashion, totally ignoring the fact that they don't control the Senate (never mind the executive veto, Dems will never let it get there). They are just willfully ignoring the fact that they don't have the numbers to be taking the hard line stance, and they seem to be totally ignoring what it's doing to their poll numbers. It's about jobs, remember? But suddenly it's about busting unions and Medicare and the budget. This is actually counterproductive to their original goal. Why is everything about the budget now? Because this is the axe they will use to chop down anything the Dems want to do, because if it didn't cost money our legislature wouldn't be voting on it. The "Party of No" is still up to it's old tricks, and it's still at the expense of the American people.

    April 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Robert

    Interesting that no one is asking Obama why the budget wasn't passed when the democrats were in charge and had the majority. They are to blame if the government is shut down. They should have done their job last year.

    April 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. lance

    end the 3 wars were in, pay down the national debt, stop with foriegn aid immigration benifits/welfare recipients. start their obama.

    April 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans budget consist of MAKING PERMANENT THE BUSH ERA TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, everything is just "window dressing" for an excuse to use against the Democrats. The bottom line for Republicans is if they don't get the Bush era tax cuts whether it's permanent or short term the Government will shutdown.

    April 5, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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