Senate rejects House spending bill
September 23rd, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Senate rejects House spending bill

(CNN) – The Democratic-controlled Senate effectively rejected the House GOP's temporary spending bill in a procedural test vote Friday.

Both chambers of Congress must agree on new spending legislation - which would include disaster relief funding - to avoid a government shutdown after the close of the current fiscal year on September 30.


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  1. Obama's DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's Stimulus Plan

    The Democratic-controlled Senate effectively rejected the House GOP's temporary spending bill in a procedural test vote Friday.
    Both chambers of Congress must agree on new spending legislation – which would include disaster relief funding – to avoid a government shutdown after the close of the current fiscal year on September 30.
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    Harry Reid and the Democrats shutting down the government AGAIN??!! Stopping disaster relief??? Way to go Democrats...

    September 23, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. proudmemberofglobalzero

    to the poster above me. I don't want to kill Green energy loans over this. Keep driving your 10 mpg pick up truck and see where we are in 10 years.

    September 23, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. a little sad

    Obama's DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's Stimulus Plan

    The Democratic-controlled Senate effectively rejected the House GOP's temporary spending bill in a procedural test vote Friday.
    Both chambers of Congress must agree on new spending legislation – which would include disaster relief funding – to avoid a government shutdown after the close of the current fiscal year on September 30.
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    Harry Reid and the Democrats shutting down the government AGAIN??!! Stopping disaster relief??? Way to go Democrats...

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    Way to spin. How ya liking the Teab@gger created market crash?

    September 23, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. barryspin

    There already is disaster relief. The other side (tea party mostly I guess) says there shouldn't be.

    September 23, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    If Republicans wish to cut something to pay for disaster relief funds, that's fine. Instead of cutting spending, how about cutting tax cuts? We can start with the oil subsidies, which would pay for the bill quite nicely.

    September 23, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. dean

    The Teagagers/Gop are the ones shutting the gov. down again,Stupid??? Your the problem,DAH!!!!

    September 23, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Teh-Shing Lee

    House Republicans initiated the shutdown the government when they passed a bill that they knew won't pass the Senate, Senate Democrats simply complete the shutdown process by rejecting the bill, and supporters for both side are fueling the fire. Great job Democrats and Republican supporters!

    September 23, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. McCain-in-4

    Strange, but the House of Representatives had an opportunity to "send a Flag up the flagpole" to see how many Senate Democrats would agree, and what problems anybody had with the House bill.

    Instead, The House sent up a purely Republican Banner, and expected the Senate to salute and surrender.

    There's be a lot of that going on – House submits bills and expect the Senate to behave like good little tin soldiers, then theatrically wonders why there is a problem. I think Einstein described this insanity perfectly.

    September 23, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. SHOVEL READY really shovels the manure

    You mean the spending bill from the turds who won't lift a finger to help the middle class, but are all too happy to protect the wealthiest at society's expense?

    Way to go, Republitards.

    September 23, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Obama's DOG, etc.....

    This is because the GOP is being very selective in how disaster relief is paid for. You know, just eliminating some of the worhtless tax breaks for the wealthy that have not geberated the jobs the GOp swore they would, should probably cover it. Why did they not go after that?

    Just wondering....

    September 23, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Independent

    The congress has been passing bills and the senate democrats do nothing but say NO. They have no ideas and no written legislative alternatives. The senate dems even refuse to take up Obama's Stimulus 3 bill.

    September 23, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. John in Colorado

    Rightly so the Senate is not going to allow the Tea Party-dominated GOP to eliminate social programs in order to fund disasters. That has never been done before and it is backdoor legislating. I think the Government will be shut down. The Tea-Party should be blamed. Their inability to compromise is the problem. They do not hold a majority in Congress and not even in the House. (Not all Republicans are Tea Partiers). Yet they think they should be able to rule. What nonsense!. What needs to happen is they need to be voted out of office in 2012 and help up in disgrace and public scorn for creating so much instability that is preventing the business community from seeing clear to expand and hire. They are sitting on $2 Trillion in cash but are afraid of what the Tea Baggers will try to pull next. I don't blame them. Shame on the Tea Party and the weak GOP. The Speaker is so weak he cant even count noses before holding a vote, let alone marshall forces of reason and compromise.

    September 23, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. AZ DEM

    I see someone is trolling today using Gary Johnson's line from the debate last night...well although it was a great applause line in the GOP debate factually its not true BUT I know how the GOP hates letting facts get in the way of their criticisms of the president so carry on we'll see you in Nov 2012

    September 23, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. d

    re: my dog they are not shutting down govt. look at the whole bill...gop are doing this because they cannot use common sense when they write a bill...maybe you should say way to go cantor et al.!

    September 23, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. FM

    Temporary bill!!! Is the government temporary gov. or what??? These republicans are making everybody sick. People believed they sent serious people to work on behalf of them and not making all kind of games around! They need to work the way they took the oath, contrary to that, they should get ready to let those who are serious take their jobs!

    September 23, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    When has this country ever had to offset disaster relief funding with budget cuts? NEVER! This is all politics. The House is irresponsible for forwarding legislation to the Senate which Bonehead already knew was D.O.A.

    September 23, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Maggie53

    I am totally fed up of Senator Reid and his stupid tactics. This man and his loons keeps blocking anything the House sends to the Senate and then the democrats want to say the GOP is the party of no. This man should have been retired in the last election because as far as I am concerned I think his brain is fried dry like a fried egg. Time for this old man to go and get some young thinking person to replace him. Its a pity he is not running in 2012 because for sure he would be voted out.

    September 23, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Bermille

    Anyone who plays a hand that they know will lose is the one to blame.

    September 23, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Just more purposeful damage to the economy from the GOP. Anyone who doesn't get it by now is either in a semi-vegetative state or too young to have been potty trained yet. The GOP thinks this is a "win-win" situation on damaging the economy and hampering recovery:

    1. They either get to destroy a couple of programs designed to create jobs by cutting their funding as a first-time-in-our-history offset to disaster relief....with the bonus that the jobs those programs are designed to create would be in industries that compete with the GOP's Big Oil puppetmaster; OR

    2. Run around like their hair is on fire claiming that the Dems are causing a gov't shutdown battle that is damaging the economy, even though it is the GOP's ideological insistence on these "my way or no way....we're going to pass all kinds of extremist idiocy with only Republican votes and screw you for wanting or even offering compromise" brinksmanship games that is causing all the gridlock and problems.

    We're teetering on the brink of another global recession and the GOP is trying as hard as it can to push us over the edge.

    September 23, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    DOG forgets that there are 51 democrats and 2 independents (that vote w/ the Dems). That's 53 votes. Assuming all the democrats (and independents) voted no, where did the other 6 come from?? Oh that's right. Republicans. And the total vote was only 95 total (59-36). Who didn't vote? I want to see how each senator voted yes or no. And how horrible!! Some money to actually work on upgrading car efficiency!! What a waste! I guess the auto industry did a little pocket-lining to get that one included at the end. Mr Man from tan had to practically BEG the T-bag members to accept his proposal in order to make him look a little more than a complete failure as leader.

    September 23, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    So........now is the party of "no"? The Senate has basically done nothing this entire year, under the leadership of Harry Reid.

    That makes Harry Reid......an obstructionist.

    September 23, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Captain Awesome

    I'm not sure why Reid and the democrats in the Senate are being obstructionists, but it appears that they want the government to shut down intentionally, so they can turn around and blame Republicans. After all, isn't that what democrats are best at?

    September 23, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Chaz

    Obama's DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's Stimulus Plan

    wow, original. do you write you own jokes or just count on nobody watching republican debates?

    September 23, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. rdarkchild

    Yea way to go!
    Don't let the NO PARTY play with disaster relief.
    They had no problem with disaster relief when Bush was in office.

    September 23, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. rs

    Wrong Dog- Once again it is the Republican/Tea Party that is trying to not only minimize disaster funding, but tying that it supports to cutting elements of the Clean Air Act.

    The Democrats ONCE AGAIN are standing up for the majority of Americans while the fools of the GPO/TP play games. 2012 can't come soon enough to send the TP and the sad remainder of the GOP packin'.

    September 23, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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