House leaders trying to smooth disagreement over disaster aid
September 22nd, 2011
12:30 PM ET
3 years ago

House leaders trying to smooth disagreement over disaster aid

Washington (CNN) - A delayed or canceled recess for Congress loomed Thursday after the House defeated a temporary spending measure the night before that would fund the government for the first seven weeks of the fiscal year that begins October 1.

With a one-week congressional recess scheduled to begin Friday, House Republican leaders warned of a possible weekend session to continue work on the funding plan, known as a continuing resolution.

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  1. Mindie from India

    Get back to work! Do you jobs and start working together FOR the benefit of Struggling Americans instead of against us.

    September 22, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Bessy

    What !!! They are in recess again ? When do they work ? On yes, only President Obama gets critisized for going on vacation ot taking time off.

    September 22, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    How utterly dysfunctional the Republican Party has become. Getting way too Jerry Springer. Karl Rove should maybe consider setting aside some of the billions he's collecting in his "Super Duper Destroy Obama PAC" and start going after his own party members. A shake-up within the GOPer/TeaPer ranks is definitely needed.

    September 22, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Sniffit

    It's worth noting that the program the GOP wanted to cut to offset disaster relief was one to subsidize hybrid car design and manufacture, increase the viability of a fledgling insdustry so that we lead in it (and create more jobs) was only $1.5B....whereas the subsidies given to Big Oil every year are $4B while the industry rakes in record profits. I don't think we really need a lengthy explanation of the GOP's decision to try to cut the former instead of the latter.

    September 22, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. LIP

    Bill Clinton was the most business savy President we have had for a long time, and he said yesterday that it doesn't make any sense to ask for more from the wealthy...they are already paying 70% of the taxes and any increase is only going to prioduce about 45 billion in new revenue and we need a few trillion.
    Better that Americans dump the unions and get real...it is a world neighborhood and we need to be competitive. Too many union thugs skimming the money off the top and causing inflation, our real enemy. Get back to work America and stop listening to Obama's re-election rhetoric, dividing america and making us think we have to blame someone for what is our own doing. Get off your behinds, finish high school and get four more years and work for a change instead of asking for someone elses change. Stop the blame game, it serves us naught!

    September 22, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The vote signaled bipartisan support for stop the nonsense with the federal aid assistance.

    Technically, Rep. Cantor is correct to call for spending cuts elsewhere to so money can be reappropriated for disaster relief. That's how the law reads. The intent of the law is to control spending, to not give FEMA a blank check, to ensure that spending control remains with the House, even in the event of an emergency.

    However, there is nothing in the law to stop what has traditionally been done during emergencies. The House drafts an emergency spending measure for FEMA to provide disaster relief. The Republicans simply do not want to do it the traditional way that is has always been done. They are to cheap to help their neighbor, not unless the neighbor signs on the dotted line.

    September 22, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Sniffit

    So let's see....will the GOP pander to the 48 GOPers who voted against the bill by adding even more spending cuts in an attempt to pass an almost 100% partisan bill OR will it simply remove the off-set provision, which wouuld have been the first time in the nation's history that we off-set disaster relief with spending cuts, and thereby likely earn well over 100 Dem votes to pass a largely bipartisan bill?

    Take a guess. Cantor may have said "there will be no shutdown," but he didn't say they wouldn't play more brinksmanship games as a means of creates instability and uncertainty in the economy.

    September 22, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Get off your behinds, finish high school and get four more years and work for a change"

    Did you miss the recession that caused 8 million jobs to be lost?

    September 22, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, back to the band-aide approach the GOP always resorts to. Boy, what vision they have demonstrated: the vision of people blinded by ideology.

    September 22, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Sandy

    If Cantor and Boehner wants to offset funds with cuts, why don't they cut funding in their own districts?

    September 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    The idea that Congress should pass up their 'recess', I mean, it's been more than two weeks since their over-one-month long vacation, but to give up their week-plus recess to get disaster funding passed, how can we expect so much of these poor, over-worded, Congressmen.

    September 22, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    When our President tries to improve the debt problem, repugs and the press ask, "Will it create jobs?"

    When our President tries to create jobs, repugs say, "No more spending."

    Offsetting all money spent, whether for disaster relief or job creation, in these economic times, is a sure way to keep the economy down. But that is the number one goal of the repugs, until Obama is defeated.

    September 22, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    They could cut their salaries (they never do anything anyway – show up 3 days every 3rd week) and cut all their taxpaid benefits. That would help.

    September 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    If we pay them $50/hour for actual time worked, we'd save a fortune. They aren't even IN DC except 3 days every 3 weeks. Fire the bums.

    September 22, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Those bums don't deserve any recess.........they have only been back from the summer recess, 2 1/2 weeks. It's about time they did some blasted WORK!

    To hear them complain about how much they earn, when they work less than 6 mos. a year, is just infuriating!

    September 22, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    LIP wrote:
    Too many union thugs skimming the money off the top and causing inflation, our real enemy.
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    How is it possible for "union thugs" to skim money off the top when they work at the bottom of the economic chain. If anyone is skimming money off the top, then it would be the people at the top. Wouldn't you think? They have the motive, the opportunity, and the means to do it.

    September 22, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |