LIVE BLOG: The latest shutdown developments
April 9th, 2011
09:04 AM ET
3 years ago

LIVE BLOG: The latest shutdown developments

Check back here often for all the latest developments in Washington as the deadline looms for a government shutdown. Read a full story here. Click here to find out what will be open/what will be closed in the event of a government shutdown.

2:00 p.m. ET
- According to the White House, President Obama has signed the short-term measure to keep the government running through the week. The measure, known as a continuing resolution, gives Congress time to pass a long-term budget deal that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.

12:37 a.m. ET - The House approved a short-funding extension 348-70. The bill funds the government until the end of the day Friday, April 15th.

12:28 a.m. ET
- A senior White House official told CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian that President Obama is expected to sign the short term continuing resolution into law sometime Saturday.

12:23 a.m. ET - Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in a memo told federal agencies to "continue their normal operations."

"While the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires at midnight tonight, Congress has indicated that it has reached agreement on a funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year. Earlier this evening, the Senate passed a short term CR that will extend current funding levels until the full-year bill can be passed and enacted next week. We expect the House to take up the CR shortly and for the President to sign this CR no later than tomorrow. As a result, at this time agencies are instructed to continue their normal operations," Lew wrote.

12:14 a.m. ET @deirdrewalshcnn: House voting now on stopgap bill funding government until Friday 4/15 – #shutdown averted

12:03 a.m. ET
- @LisaDCNN: Technically, WE ARE IN #SHUTDOWN: for just a few minutes. Until House vote magically erases it.

11:58 p.m. ET @LisaDCNN: 2 minutes to #shutdown, House still not back in session. #arrgh

11:49 p.m. ET
- From CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian: A senior administration official says this is a "very good night for the country."

Asked "Why didn't they wage a battle early on?" the officials responded, "We did things in the interest of having a night like tonight."

The official said that means cutting spending, keeping investments for the future and not giving in to demands on social issues.

A second senior official told reporters "Every time it (the negotiations) got bogged down the president would pick up the phone" and push both sides.

The president made it clear, this official said, that "he did not want this to become a family planning bill. He wanted this to be a spending bill."

11:34 p.m. ET
- @LisaDCNN: CONFIRMED: Sen. Rand Paul voted 'no' to Senate CR. In statement, said the bill does not fix spending and debt problems. #tcot #p2 #teaparty

Paul entered a statement into the Senate record explaining his vote: "Mr. President, I voted against this short-term continuing resolution for the same reason I voted against the last one and the one before that – because it does not set us on a path to fixing the spending and debt problems our country is facing. As I have said before, there is not much of a difference between a $1.5 trillion deficit and a $1.6 trillion deficit – both will lead us to a debt crisis that we may not recover from."

11:27 p.m. ET - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement Friday night: “President Obama and Leader Reid should be commended for their leadership and perseverance to keep the government open. House Democrats look forward to reviewing the components of the final funding measure. The American people’s top priority is creating jobs, and we will continue to measure every proposal by whether it creates jobs, strengthens the middle class and responsibly reduces the deficit.”

11:18 p.m. ET - The Senate has passed a short-term budget deal that will keep the government funded through next Thursday.

The measure still has to be approved by the House of Representatives.

11:17 p.m. ET
- @LisaDCNN: MEANWHILE, House mems told to standby for a vote there, @deirdrewalshcnn has learned. GOP whip McCarthy: We hope to meet the deadline.

11:13 p.m. ET - McConnell returned the thank you to Reid but added that this is "just the beginning of what we need to do to get our fiscal house in order."

11:10 p.m. ET - Reid read the joint statement on the Senate floor and thanked Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his work during the process.

11:08 p.m. ET – Reid and Boehner released a joint statement after the announcement of a deal: “We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President. We will cut $78.5 billion below the President’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings.”

11:05 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: #SHUTDOWN DEAL DETAILS (at last): no ban on funds for planned parenthood, but senate will have sep. vote on that.

11:04 p.m. ET - President Obama spoke from the Blue Room at the White House. The president said the agreement "invests in our (America's) future while making the greatest annual spending cut in our history." Thanked House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for their "leadership and dedication" during the negotiation process.

"The government will remain open for business," Obama said. "In the final hours before our government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an agreement that will allow our small businesses to get the loans they need, our families to get the mortgages they applied for, and hundreds of thousands of Americans to show up at work and take home their paychecks on time."

11:04 p.m. ET @LisaDCNN: #SHUTDOWN DEAL DETAILS more: Dems agreed to a vote on the senate floor on a repeal of the health care law. #tcot #p2 #tlot

11:01 p.m. ET - A senior Democratic source told CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett that the budget deal would cut between $38 and $39 billion dollars over the 2011 fiscal year.

10:56 p.m. ET
- @wolfblitzercnn: President Obama about to address nation from White House on budget deal. No govt #shutdown. Watch #CNN

10:54 p.m. ET - Boehner announced Friday night that Democratic and Republican negotiators have reached a budget deal that will avoid a government shutdown.

Boehner said the House will pass a short-term measure that will keep the government funded through the middle of next week, when the longer-term package will be enacted.

"This has been a lot of discussion and a long fight," he said. Republicans fought to "create a better environment for job creators in our country."



10:49 p.m. ET
- @LisaDCNN: Clock race: usually votes take 15- 30 min in each chamber. Drive to WH another 15. BUT does look good for fed workforce.

10:47 p.m. ET @LisaDCNN: REMEMBER: shutdown not averted technically until H. And Sen both pass short-term CR and pres. signs. @alivelshi

10:38 p.m. ET
- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported that sources in the room say Speaker John Boehner has announced to House Republicans that a budget deal has been reached– and that there would be a stopgap funding bill averting a government shutdown.

A senior Democratic source told CNN the temporary spending bill would fund the government until Thursday and would include two billion in spending cuts, according to CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett.

CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported that a senior GOP aide in the meeting called it the "largest real dollar spending cut in American history" and said the proposal would cut more than $500 billion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.

10:33 p.m. ET
– CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash was told by sources in the GOP meeting that Boehner is outlining the parameters of a tentative deal, while saying there is no firm agreement yet. He is telling the GOP caucus that he believes there should be short term measure to keep the government running after midnight tonight.

10:21 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: WAITING GAME: outside GOP mtng, hearing applause. Overheard GOP member in hall say "republicans will be happy"... But no final yet.

9:33 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: I'm glad there was no Twitter when I lived thru the Cong debate in '95 over a gvt closure. This micro-play-by-play is rough.

9:20 p.m. ET - @teapartynation: Boehner is selling us out tonight. We will primary Boehner next year. #tcot #teaparty #GOP #TPN #TPP #SGP

8:59 p.m. ET - House Republicans will meet behind closed doors at 9:45 p.m. to discuss the budget negotiations, GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, told reporters as he left a GOP leadership meeting. Hensarling said that there is still no deal, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

8:58 p.m. ET
- A spokesman for Reid said the senator is not scheduled to speak at any specific time. 10:30 p.m. is the earliest Reid could speak at this point. He was previously scheduled to speak at 9 p.m. ET., CNN Capitol Hill Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins reported.

8:39 p.m. ET - From CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh: GOP leaders sent an email to all House Republicans Friday that said, "We would like to clear up some confusion and relay that there has not yet been a deal reached. The negotiations are ongoing."

House Republican leaders are meeting now in Speaker John Boehner's office.

8:24 p.m. ET - From CNN Chief National Correspondent John King:

A senior Republican source close to the negotiations said that disagreements over policy riders– including the abortion rider issue– are "essentially resolved".

The source said a deal is still contingent on an agreement on the final spending numbers– but that negotiators feel they're close enough to a deal that passing a one-week continuing resolution is worth doing Friday night.

(At the same time, Democratic sources told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that the rider issues are not resolved)

7:47 p.m. ET - CNN Congressional Producers Ted Barret and Deirdre Walsh just walked with Boehner as he left dinner at McCarthy's office and returned to his suite in the Capitol. The exchange:

Q: How you feeling how are the talks?

Boehner: "I've been a happy warrior all day."

Q: You talked to the President – is there a deal? Close to a deal?

Boehner: "Not yet"

Q: Will you vote on short term CR (continuing resolution) to give yourself more time?

Boehner: "Only if there's a deal."

Q: Optimistic you'll get a deal before midnight?

Boehner: "You know me I was born with a glass half full."

7:44 p.m. ET - Reid is now expected to speak on the Senate floor at 9 p.m., instead of 8 p.m. as previously planned, CNN Capitol Hill Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins reported.

7:20 p.m. ET - CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett just saw Boehner slipping by reporters out the back door of his office and coming downstairs to Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office. Boehner entered a back door where a dinner buffet was set up.

7:12 p.m. ET - An aide to John Boehner told CNN that Boehner called President Obama at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening to talk about spending cuts, CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported. The aide says there is no deal yet.

6:48 p.m. ET - From CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash: A Senate Democratic source said they actually have several different versions drafted of a short term measure to keep the government running: a 3 day “clean,” a 1 week that funds the troops and more.

But I’m told no decision has been made and they’re “keeping their options open” on what to do, and when to do it. It all depends on how the talks for the long term bill go over the next several hours.

6:45 p.m. ET
- From CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry:

A senior Democratic source told CNN negotiators are now focusing on a proposal to keep the government open for three days while leaders try to finish a broader budget deal this weekend as a last-ditch effort to stave off a crisis.

The proposal would not include any controversial legislative riders on controversial topics like abortion, but the Democratic source cautioned it is not clear the plan can pass the House and Senate by the midnight deadline to keep the government running.

It is, however, important to note that the White House on Thursday said President Obama could sign another short-term continuing resolution if broader negotiations were making progress.

6:34 p.m. ET - CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett spoke to Reid at the Capitol. The interaction:

Q: Any update, sir?

A: We’re still talking.

Q: Do you feel they’re giving any on the Title X issue, which is so important to you?

A: I don’t know if they’re giving on it or not but all the pro-life senators here are saying drop the damn thing. You saw the list of them, Coburn, Ensign, the guy from Massachusetts.

Q-But in your talks with them do they seem to be easing on that at this point or are they still sticking as hard as they have been.

A-I’m sure they’re feeling what the Republicans over here are feeling, that it’s a crazy thing to do. But we don’t have it done yet.

5:52 p.m. ET – Reid is now expected to speak on the Senate floor at 8 p.m. ET instead of 6 p.m. ET as previously planned, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

5:00 p.m. ET
- A White House source told CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian: “We are more optimistic now than we were 4 hours ago.”

The same source said there is a “good chance” that we’ll hear from the president today.

4:29 p.m. ET
– Reid is expected to speak on the Senate floor at 6 p.m. ET, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

4:01 p.m. ET – The president has canceled a trip with his family scheduled for this weekend, CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reported.

“The President will remain in Washington, DC this weekend as he continues to work with Congressional leaders to reach an agreement on the budget," White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The First Family’s trip to Williamsburg has been postponed.”

3:55 p.m. ET - Speaker Boehner waded through a crowd of reporters as he walked from the men's room back to the House floor, CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported. Though he refused to answer questions on budget negotiations, when asked how he was feeling, Boehner joked, "I'm a happy warrior."

3:06 p.m. ET - In 1995, according to Congressional Research Service report, Congress appropriated funds for the troop pay before the longer shutdown in December 1995, CNN Pentagon Supervising Producer Adam Levine reported Friday.

2:47 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: PERSPECTIVE: The potential freeze of military death payments is real. But telling press about it is also part of WH pressuring GOP to deal.

2:41 p.m. ET - The $100,000 death benefit for those killed in the line of duty will not be paid during a government shutdown, a defense official said Friday. About 100-150 claims are processed a month, generally quickly, to help meet expenses in days after the death. The official, who briefed reporters about the potential shutdown impact at the Pentagon on the condition the official’s name not be used, said it could lead to families having trouble meeting death expenses, the CNN Pentagon Unit reported. The official also said the money would be paid when the shutdown is completed.

2:17 p.m. ET - @wolfblitzercnn: Except names & numbers, so much of gov't shutdown story reminds of '95 shutdown. Let's see if fallout is similar.

2:16 p.m. ET - At the same press conference, Reid insisted that Democrats can still reach a deal with Republicans.

"All we need for them to say is the agreement we made last night will be fulfilled," he said. "There's no question about the number," Reid declared. "(Speaker) John Boehner's having a difficult time in his caucus, but that doesn't mean we can't have an agreement."

Reid said if a deal cannot be reached, he will try to push through a short-term funding bill that would buy negotiators more time and fund the Pentagon for the rest of the fiscal year.

2:12 p.m. ET - At a press conference Reid said that Republicans can either agree to a deal that cuts spending or it can "shut down the government over women's access to heath care. If that sounds ridiculous, it's because it is ridiculous."

If a deal cannot be reached before midnight, it will become "crystal clear" to most people that "Democrats were reasonable and Republicans were responsible for shutting down the government," he said.

Reid made his announcement while surrounded by what appeared to be virtually the entire Senate Democratic caucus.

2:08 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Entire dem sen caucus at 11th hour presser re govt shutdown showdown.

1:45 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: FINALLY, a little good news: The Cherry Blossom parade will go on in a #shutdown. DC police stepping up, wld fill in for Park Service.

1:30 p.m. ET - As the clock continues to tick down to a government shutdown Friday night, the White House is moving forward with plans to make-do with a skeleton staff. Normally 1,781 people work in the Executive Office of the President, which staffs the White House offices, the residence, the vice president's office and residence and other critical departments like the National Security staff, the Council on Economic Advisors and the office of the National Drug Czar, CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen reported. Read here what happens at the White House if the government shuts down.

1:07 p.m. ET
- At a press conference Boehner said the budget talks are ongoing.

"Most of the policy issues have been dealt with," he said. He insisted that the remaining key disputes revolve around spending cuts.

"When we say we're serious about cutting spending, we're damn serious about it," Boehner said.

Democrats insist that programs related to abortion and women's health - not spending levels - are the focus of the dispute at this point.

12:57 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: DHS in a #shutdown: 20% furloughed. All security staff stay. BUT e-verify – where employers check for illegal immigrants – shuts down.

12:12 p.m. ET - Democratic women senators spoke in the Senate gallery. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the negotiations are a "radical agenda against women" and are about defunding Planned Parenthood.

"They want to take our mammograms away," she said.

On the Senate floor earlier Friday, Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said: "If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. So this is a red herring to say that somehow the government's going to be shut down over the fact that Planned Parenthood won't get a $300 million gift from the taxpayers of America."

CNN later contacted his office and received this statement: "His remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions."

12:11 p.m. ET – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will continue to conduct its “core mission” of preventing and investigating violent crime, including combating gangs and gun-running, in case there is a government shutdown, Senior Justice Department Producer Terry Frieden reported. The ATF says “most” of its 2,400 agents will be on regular duty, but some of the 1,700 support personnel and 800 regulatory inspectors will likely be categorized as “non-essential” for furlough purposes, according to agency officials.

11:57 a.m. ET - Following their caucus meeting, all Senate Democrats are expected to hold a news conference on the budget around 2 p.m., CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

11:55 a.m. ET - GOP sources familiar with the negotiations confirm what Reid said on the record this morning, that negotiators have agreed on a $38 billion cut from current spending levels for the rest of the fiscal year. Sources in both parties caution the exact figure could go up or down, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported.

11:53 a.m. ET - Local governments and communities across the country are preparing for a potential federal government shutdown and CNN television affiliates are monitoring the potential affects. New Hampshire community leaders are worried housing initiatives will be left unfunded. One Connecticut mayor has already declared an economic emergency and a wife of a service member in Florida is worried her family will not receive a paycheck. Families at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, especially those with deployed spouses in Iraq and Afghanistan, are worried about getting paid and national parks across North Carolina, from Cape Hatteras to the Appalachian Trail are making contingency plans as they wait to see if their gates will be locked this weekend. And federal workers in Utah, where tens of thousands of people draw a paycheck from the federal government, are preparing for the worst.

11:50 a.m. ET - Boehner announced Friday he will return his pay to the U.S. Treasury in the event of a shutdown, CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported.

In a letter to House members Friday, Boehner wrote: "In the event of a lapse in appropriations for fiscal year 2011 causing a government shutdown, I will return any and all compensation that I would otherwise be entitled during such a lapse in appropriations. During such shutdown, all members would be paid pursuant to the provisions of the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution which states that no law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened. This requirement of the Constitution does not bar individual members from refusing to accept their compensation for any time when a lapse in appropriations occurs. Should you desire to have your compensation returned to the United States Treasury, you may do so and House Administration Committee can assist in executing your decision."

11:48 a.m. ET - In a statement obtained by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said discussions are "continuing."

"This morning, the President spoke separately to Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid. Discussions between the leaders and the White House aimed at reaching a budget agreement are continuing," Carney said in the statement.

11:23 a.m. ET - Senate Democratic caucus meeting was pushed back one hour to 1 p.m. ET, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

11:19 a.m. ET - Female Democratic senators are scheduled to discuss the budget impasse at noon ET, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

11:08 a.m. ET - Reid on the Senate floor said "as a legislator I'm frustrated... as a father and a grandfather, I'm appalled." He talked specifically about his wife, his daughter and his nine grandchildren, accusing Republicans of threatening "women's health."



11:00 a.m. ET
- @LisaDCNN: IF YOU BLINKED: You missed @SpeakerBoehner. No ?s. 55 secs if you count his "Good morning" One reporter just called it "surreal".

10:59 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: HERE WE GO – BOEHNER: Only one reason we don't have a deal – spending. "We are close to a resolution on policy issues"

10:58 a.m. ET - The third branch of government—the federal judiciary—is the one area of government that plans to operate normally through at least the first week of a shutdown, having secured “non appropriated” funds to handle such an emergency, CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears reported. The money comes from fees gathered from bankruptcy and other filings, which the courts now have the discretion to spend s they see fit.

10:53 a.m. ET - In an off-camera briefing with reporters Reid said "women's health" remains the sticking points in the negotiations, CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett reported.

"When I left the White House last night, as I said on the Senate floor, I felt comfortable, cautiously optimistic that something would happen because the number had been agreed on. The president said, okay we'll do the number. The only issue left was women's health. Title X. That's it. There was no other issue. I want an agreement but this has been a moving target. But now we've come to realize that the moving target is focused like a bull's eye on women in America," Reid said.

"I'm concerned and upset that this government is going to shutdown because of wanting to take away protections that my nine grandchildren have in this country. We can't accept that. That's an issue, as the president said last night that we're not bending on. The number, we bent on that. We agreed on a number. We are not, we are not bending on women's health."

Reid said the agreed upon number is $78 billion from Obama's proposed 2011 spending or $38 billion from current spending.

"The Speaker is the one who came up with the number, we didn't invent it," Reid said.

10:40 a.m. - Reid is expected on the Senate floor at 11 a.m. ET to make remarks on the budget.

10:29 a.m. ET – Senate Democrats are set to caucus at noon ET.

10:24 a.m. ET @DanaBashCNN: Sen dems now trying to raise money off poss shutdown w/ their political mantra: repubs willing to shutdown over abortion. Gop says spending

10:15 a.m. ET – The last time there was a government shutdown, Bill Clinton was president and Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. Read more here.

10:08 a.m. ET - House Speaker John Boehner is expected to address reporters at 10:25 a.m. ET, CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh reported.

10:05 a.m. ET – Rep. Michele Bachmann remained confident that an agreement will be reached Friday over the budget.

"In all likelihood they will reach an agreement today," Bachmann said on CNN's "Newsroom" Friday.

The Minnesota Republican said she will not vote for the funding bill because she said it fails to reform the current health care law.

9:15 a.m. ET - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, disputed an assertion by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on Friday that abortion is the final stumbling block for negotiators trying to reach a budget agreement that would prevent a government shutdown.

"While nothing will be decided until everything is decided, the largest issue is still spending cuts," spokesman Michael Steel said. "The American people want to cut spending to help the private sector create jobs - and the Democrats that run Washington don't."

9:00 a.m. ET - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated Friday morning that a dispute over abortion is the only issue holding up a budget deal that would prevent a government shutdown.

"This all deals with women's health. Everything (else) has been resolved. Everything," he said.

8:15 a.m. ET - President Obama is likely to get a phone call from congressional leaders in the mid-morning to get an assessment on whether there has been any progress to avert a government shutdown, according to senior officials close to the talks.

–The officials stressed there is no specific time set up for the call yet because Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, are waiting, in the words of one official, for “when there’s progress to report rather than an arbitrary time.”

–Late Thursday night, Obama set a broad deadline for the leaders when he told reporters he was expecting some sort of an update long before the midnight deadline for a shutdown.

–“What I’ve said to the Speaker and what I’ve said to Harry Reid is because the machinery of the shutdown is necessarily starting to move, I expect an answer in the morning,” said Obama. “Any my hope is, is that I’ll be able to announce to the American people sometime relatively early in the day that a shutdown has been averted, that a deal has been completed .”

–Various officials in both parties close to the talks said such a breakthrough did not come overnight, though they’re still hopeful it can happen later today.


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. arthur mcdonald

    how about congress are they going home are they taking a pay cut. i know the answer. While we await our fait I cant help but think how easy it is for a politician to make decisions that hurt and change other folks lives

    April 8, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. laura

    It's also about gutting the EPA, (so that our america can be just as polluted as mexico) and about making sure those evil Democrats don't start thinking that because they are the vast majority (63%) they should ever think to be allowed to do things the correct way, rather than the way the Right-wing decides is best for themselves. Go Republicans! Keep holding America's future HOSTAGE while you desperately attempt to pretend that only white males should matter!

    April 8, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Thatguy371

    Boehner will never stop blaming the dems for all the problems. He isn't about compromise, and last time I checked, there are 2 major parties in DC. So maybe he needs to wake the he !! up.

    April 8, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Chris

    How deos cutting Government spending help the private sector create jobs? Spending has been out of control for 11 years. I thought we had to extend tax cuts to create jobs? We have had teh Bush tax cuts for 11 years and millions have lost jobs. Fair taxes for all would make big strides in balancing the budget. Bush Sr knew this as did Clinton. Get off your high horses and get to work. It is not about your political career, it is about keeping America Great.

    April 8, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Name king

    I don't understand the repugs talking points, that have proven failure for the past 10 years, how the hell taking money from consumer pockets, create, more people to spend and creat jobs, what kind of rich caft economics, or voodoo economics is that, if folks don't have money to buy stuff and grow the economy, do you want them to go rob to get money. You repugs keep pushing money unto the rich who are just saving it 10, 20, years down the road to give to their privilege kids that didn't work for it, as they save their money in off shore banks, boasting other countries economies, and robbing America economy trillions of dollars. We need money in the spenders hands to keep stimulating our economy.

    April 8, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. LIZ

    How about Federal contractors? I am one of them. My company can only bill for work I perform. So lost wages are lost and I can never get it back. I do not hear any news channels talking about governent contractors.

    April 8, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. scott

    It doesn't matter what passes or doesn't pass today. Nothing is going to change in Washington. It hasn't changed in my lifetime and it surely never will. Democrat or Republican doesn't matter. They all need to go. And quit blaming the president for this when he hasn't even seen the bill yet. Most of our problems started in congress and always will. The president can introduce as many bills as he wants but it has to pass through the other branches of government to be law. Maybe America should have a reality show about US Government, maybe then we may pay attention and learn something. Phone in voting like American Idol??? Plus, let's not forget what is happening on the state level across the country. It's all gone to hell!

    April 8, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. fayse

    Federal tax dollars do not pay for abortions through the Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides many services that are needed by women. If anyone doubts this, contact your local Planned Parenthood clinic and find out for your self if it is even legal to get an abortion paid for by tax dollars.

    April 8, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. gw

    Planned Parenthood doesn't provide abortions with federal monies, but it does provide health care for hundreds of thousands of women. Nevertheless, this is about abortion and other religious/social issues such as clean air and modest funding for NPR. The Republicans/Tea Party folks could never get this legislation through with an honest debate and vote on the floor of Congress. Thus, they've engaged in extortion. Either the majority goes along with their riders or they will force a shut down of the government. It's time for rational Republicans and Democrats to speak out and say "enough." The polls show that the public's view of Congress is now reaching an all-time low.

    April 8, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Fixer2010

    These are the idiots running our government – Democrats and Republicans alike.

    April 8, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Alexandra

    I bet you if congress was not going to still be getting paid they would figure this out real quick. But they have nothing to lose and can take their sweet time sticking to their guns. This is crazy. What about the people that actually work hard for their money to provide for their families? They care about no one but themselves!

    April 8, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Scott

    Even the possibility of a shutdown is ridiculous. Its more than 6 months into the government fiscal year, and there is still no budget. The fact that the republicans are using this budget passing to destroy the middle class, cut the services for the lesser privileged and those that need them is a travesty. Tax cuts for corporations is not going to help the american people. Its just going to put more money in the pockets of those corporations as they continue to ship jobs overseas.

    April 8, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. BMT

    Hold the line Obama, Reid!! Hold!! HOLD!!!

    April 8, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Alex S

    You'd think they'd act with more urgency about this because of how many Americans this affects but the more I listen and read the news, the more it feels like all they're thinking about are the parties they belong to. It's disappointing and scary.

    April 8, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Denise Matthews

    Is it not possible for the news media to determine what exactly is holding up a decision rather than simply quoting both sides. Are there not facts in this matter?

    April 8, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Tim

    Personnally I am mad as HELL. This type of conduct would not be toleratred by any employer in the US. I never vote for any public official, that has had two or more terms in office, ever again. For them to keep getting paid and our service members not to get paid should be an impeachable offense and charges of treason should be leveled on all of them. Bottom line is we have to pay our bills and manage our money why can't they understand that and live within our means. Assisting the citizens when we are able is one thing but get off your ass and provide for your preferred lifestyle or change it. Stop the handouts and hold people accountable.

    April 8, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Eric

    Abortion = Lower crime rate, no one every seems to recognize this.

    April 8, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Guys & Gals!!!

    The republicans are playing a shell game, every time it seems like they are getting close they change the rules of engagement. The TEA party wants a shutdown because we had the audacity to elect a black man.

    April 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Rose Ferney

    I blame the Republicans. Seems they are now against women's rights. What the heck.....they are against everything !

    April 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Clete

    This is silly. Abortion should not even be in the budget. I am for the most part pro-choice, but if that is what you decide, then pay for it yourself. Tax payer dollars have no business supporting those kinds of decisions.

    April 8, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Rose Ferney

    Nothing to be moderated... it is exactly how I (and my women's clubs ) feel. We blame the Republicans for the shutdown. Period ! ! !

    April 8, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. SightSeer

    Republicans – not only anti-intellectual, anti-science, mean, hard-hearted, greedy, closet racists, and anti-gay – now they are being overtly stupid. They really oughta win some sort of prize – maybe golden dunce caps.

    April 8, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. sharon

    Instead of closing down our government, why don't we just back off giving billions of dollars to foreign countries who have come to depend on our generosity. Nothing that is done for Americans by Americans should be affected before foreign spending is halted.
    The priorities in our government are so lacking in common sense. Why do we feel so obliged to support everyone in the world except ourselves. So sick of this. It is incredibly stupid.

    April 8, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. SayWhat

    Boehner is right. The Republicans are not concerned about the money and they are not trying to extort legislative changes just with regard to abortion in order to please their radically conservative element. The fact is, they also are demanding that the EPA stop regulating greenhouse gasses and that no money be used to fund health care reform. I cannot conceive of a more pernicious bunch of hyprocrites and liars. Too bad we do not have recall elections in our political system. I can't wait for 2012 when the enemies of the American People are swept out of Washington

    April 8, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. john

    Shut it down.

    April 8, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6