Republicans try to salvage spending deal
September 22nd, 2011
03:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans try to salvage spending deal

(CNN) - Republican leaders will propose cutting more spending to offset the amount of additional disaster relief money in a short-term government spending measure defeated earlier by the House, a GOP aide told CNN on Thursday.

The additional spending cut, called an offset, would be roughly $100 million from a Department of Energy loan program linked to a solar panel firm that recently collapsed, said another Republican source.

The move is intended to persuade the 48 Republicans who voted against the GOP measure Wednesday night to change their minds, according to the GOP aide, who spoke on condition of not being identified.

Democrats in the House and Senate said Thursday they oppose any offsets of emergency spending for natural disasters.

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  1. Sniffit

    "Republican leaders will propose cutting more spending to offset the amount of additional disaster relief money in a short-term government spending measure defeated earlier by the House, a GOP aide told CNN on Thursday."

    Told you so. They're choosing to go more extreme in order to get the Teatrolls to vote for it and pass it with only Republican votes...rather than just dump the off-set, which we've never done in our history for disaster relief, and thereby get an exrtemely bipartisan vote. THIS MEANS THAT THE GOP IS NOW BREAKING THE BUDGET DEAL MADE EARLIER THIS YEAR.

    September 22, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why not cut some of their tax cuts and loop holes to pay for it?

    September 22, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Broom

    These are the same democrats who once campaigned on pay as you go budgeting. Give me a break. We have billions to cut and from ridiculoulsy wastefull programs and that is not possible with our current Senate leadership.

    September 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. rs

    Only the GOP/TP would hold hostage disaster relief. If it were up to them our next stop would be the year 1850.

    September 22, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "roughly $100 million from a Department of Energy loan program linked to a solar panel firm that recently collapsed, said another Republican source."

    Sooooo...on top of a $1.5B cut to kill a hybrid car incentive program, they're now attacking solar energy....when they could just switch to cutting $4B in Big Oil subsidies and get almost every single Democrat in the House to pass an offset to disaster relief...setting horrible precedent for future generations but at least killing the Big Oil subsidies. Boehner & Co. need to get out from under the desks of the CEOs at BP, Mobile, Exxon, et al. If the GOP's nonsense was any more transparent, it would be invisible.

    September 22, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Bill

    The GOP is playing with fire on this one. Shutdown here we come!

    September 22, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. The Elephant In The Room

    Does loud mouthed, James Perry, err I mean Rick Perry got his hand out for any disaster relief aid?

    September 22, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    The GOP and those fiscal terrorist just keep proving more and more they do not give a darn about humban beings period. If they are so worried about saving money let them give up their paycheck...they haven't earned them anyway.

    September 22, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans not with people we know that now they are not with corporation

    Watch market they want see money from government some investments

    Republican only goal Obama one term president they are hurting the economy with spending cuts GOP please read IMF report

    September 22, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Broom is wrong:
    These are the same democrats who once campaigned on pay as you go budgeting.
    -------------
    Republicans said that during the Clinton years. When Bush got behind the wheel, "Deficits don't matter." was the calling card of all Republicans. Except of John McCain, who stood up on the Senate floor and blasted the Bush administration for being the first to start a war, and not *raise* taxes to pay for it. The Bush response was to start another war.

    Now suddenly Republicans are back to "pay as you go" for any additional spending, not even to save drowning people in the Northeast. Do you realize that 40 miles of a commuter railway have been rendered unusable. At least 8 miles of that stretch are washed away. It needs to be repaired *now*.

    September 22, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @Broom

    These are the same democrats who once campaigned on pay as you go budgeting. Give me a break. We have billions to cut and from ridiculoulsy wastefull programs and that is not possible with our current Senate leadership.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Fine. Then eliminate the tax cuts you insisted are so important to job creation. How have they worked?

    No millionaire left behind, eh?

    September 22, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Broom

    They want to spend more money on social engineering and financing more "green" energy. Hey whats a couple of more $500M Solyndra deals – its only our money.

    September 22, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Americans who blame President Obama for the failed economy are totally incapable of making a logical decision. Bush issued the first stimulus package to bail out the Republican's buddies in the banking industry and 8 million jobs were lost before President Obama took office! The housing bubble popped before Obama and the curve for the economy had far too much velocity to be stopped regardless of what intervention was selected. Most economists believe Obama prevented a total depression with his initiatives, even if the Republicans blocked every initiative – even those they themselves created. Don't be stupid people. Fox News... the more you listen the less you know.

    September 22, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Why did almost ALL of the Democrats vote AGAINST disaster relief???!!!! What a bunch of losers doing nothing but playing political games while people need help.

    September 22, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. pmk1953

    Didn't anybody notice that the cuts the repubs wanted were for things that could possibly support living wage JOBS. The loans to auto manufacturers would support UNION jobs. Now. you know we can't have that!

    September 22, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Ed Texas

    The GOP/Tea Baggers are living in the land of make believe. They make believe whatever they want and re-write history to their liking. The GOP/Tea Baggers have been dishonest while Obama has been honest to the American public. It's just the Tea Bagger/GOP crowd that want to blame everything on him. Bush did not include the cost of his unfunded wars in his debt. Obama included the cost, giving Fox something to rant about. We had an opportunity to cut far more than $1.5 trillion by ending the republican wars, stopping the unfunded Bush tax cuts, ending tax loopholes, and cutting out the big oil tax breaks. While the former resident of the White House added $6.5 trillion to our debt, the tea baggers are only upset with the $1.44 trillion President Obama has added. Only when they can go after a Democrat will the Tea Baggers revolt!

    September 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Seceding fromTexas

    "..why did all the Democrats vote against disaster relief? What a bunch of losers doing nothing but playing political
    games while people need help."
    ******************
    Are you friggin' kidding me? I know who you are, you changed your name but your irrational rhetoric and your
    obvious inability to read and comprehend come through just as clearly no matter what name you use. You are
    saying that if a drowning man needs a rope, the Tea Particans will first say, let me cut the rope from the other
    person drowning so I can use it to help you. If that is okay with you, you had better hope you can swim.

    September 22, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. jackal & jester

    How bout they take a pay cut.

    September 22, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |