October 13th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown drags on: 'It's taken far too long'

Washington (CNN) – Thirteen days into a partial government shutdown, four days before the U.S. government bumps up against its projected borrowing limit, and there was little sign of movement Sunday toward resolving the latest budget impasse.

The Senate reconvened Sunday afternoon, with Majority Leader Harry Reid saying he would do "everything I can throughout the day" to reach some sort of bargain with the chamber's Republican minority.

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  1. Thomas

    The House Speaker needs to put a clean spending bill on the floor for a vote now !

    The democratic proses is done through VOTING !
    He has enough votes both Dem and Rep .

    October 13, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    If there is a God? And If he/she has a side of his/her nature that gets as infuriated as we mortals, I hope he/her is taking notes, and will be in a mood to hold the people that brought this mess to all of our door steps accountable. The American people deserve better, much much better.

    October 13, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Evidently the 80 republicans who demanded a government shutdown did not know that the VA is one of our socialist programs, just like social security and Medicare. Baggers should learn about government before they shut it down.

    October 13, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I hate to repeat the obvious, but republicans are not very bright, don't like diversity, and have a low tolerance for workers.

    October 13, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. ED1

    It's incredible that 42% of Americans think that this unqualified, incompetent, dishonorable, ego-driven fraud is doing a good job. Take a moment. Admit it to yourself. You know who his supporters are. They are the people that YOU support - financially.

    Did you notice who Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling? He threatened to not pay:

    – Social Security Retirees

    – Military Retirees

    – Social Security Disability, and Federal Retirees.

    – Now let this sink in really well...

    – He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.

    – He did not threatened to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates.

    – He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.

    – He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around. $20 Million already spent on family vacations. (One Million on a FL golf outing). All our money...why not?

    – He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff.

    – He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients or to stop the free cell phones they get.

    – He did not threaten the food stamp programs.

    – He did not threaten to reduce payments in foreign aid.

    – He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.

    – The list could go on and on. He is in full political mode!

    Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with his selfishness and his lies? Have WE lost our blooming minds!!!!!!!!

    His type of change is killing our country. He needs to be stopped.

    Do not forget about his tactics when it's election time 2014.

    Get out and Vote in the mid-term election – 2014. Support the people in the House and Senate that are willing to cut taxes and spending.

    LET'S MAKE 2014 – THE Beginning of a turn around. Forget change we want our $$$$$$$$$ back and we want to take our country back!

    October 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP planed shutdown of the goverment is all on the GOP ,just vote AGAINEST every GOP on the ballot and we will get rid of this GOP teaparty TRASH!!!!!

    October 13, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Obama refuses to compromise on any issue. None. That creates an immovable impasse.

    October 13, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Far to long? The longest shutdown was 26 days thus far. The government could care less about private sector layoffs even though it cuts thier revenues. The private sector is being torn to shreds. In the next few years those same private sectors are expected to shed $70 trillion in unfunded liability for AHCA? Nobody cares....sooOO, let the country default.

    October 13, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Debbie

    GOP could have long ago conferenced with the Senate (several times) and have chosen not to. GOP could have conferenced or sent back to Senate a new funding of government bill. Instead the GOP owns this. GOP chose to aid and abet a Terrorist TEA.

    October 13, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. rs

    The GOP needs to get this through their heads: after 8 long years of "Cut-Taxes and Spend" economics, off-book wars, Medicare expansions (also not paid for) and all the economic damage this senseless little two week rebellion of theirs has caused, that they have no economic credibility whatsoever, and as a nation we're not going to put them in a position to dictate future economic policy.
    The GOP as most of us knew it is dead. It is now just a party of third world tin pot rogues out for a cheap score.
    Come Wednesday evening then, if there is no agreement, the House GOP and the Speaker need to have a nice long chat with some federal attorneys and marshals about their little coup, and discuss terrorism and obstruction charges-and that nice long stay in Gitmo with their Taliban and Al Qaeda buddies. That is all the GOP is now.
    It is now that simple.

    October 13, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Tigas

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. ...Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    BHO

    October 13, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Barry

    If the citizens of the US abide with the nonsense of the "Tea Party" nuts, all deserve what will occur. This is not a political debate, but rather a effort to blackmail the government that will harm all of the US. Every Congressman who participates in such effort should and will pay the price of such disloyal and harmful actions. If all involved want to create another depression, good luck.

    October 13, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Do not attach strings on PPACA ENACTMENT. IT IS A LAW.

    October 13, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. OLH

    The Poker game is over – get a deal done!

    You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
    Know when to walk away and know when to run.
    You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
    There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

    Now Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
    Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
    'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
    And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

    October 13, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Tigas

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. ...Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    October 13, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Winston Smith

    Taken too long? This is insanity that should have never happened. The fact that it is happening is positive proof that the parties, regardless of what banner they fly, have their own interest at heart not ours.

    October 13, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Ted Cruz thinks he has the same charisma as Pres. Obama. He does not. He is a total idiot.

    October 13, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    It s looking more and more like there is going to be "Default". Putting Obama Care in place is going to kill more jobs, raise the National Debt and put more people on Food Stamps. Not sure what will happen but maybe people, that are "Gaming" the System will find out what real life is all about. It's about time.

    October 13, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. freedom

    This is because we have the first president in history who says, "I won't negotiate!"

    October 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. truth hurts but reality bites

    Obama and the leftist Democrats need to start negotiating in good faith. Republicans have passed many funding bills to fund the government but the Democrat controlled Senate refuses to bring them up for a vote. At this point it is the Democrats that have shutdown the government and are keeping it shutdown so that the leftist/Democrat controlled media can blame it all on the Republicans.

    October 13, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Tay

    The GOP/TP is a bad joke on the American people!
    The teabaggers are treasonous Nazis!!!

    October 13, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Boehner admitted to George Stephanapolis a couple weeks ago (google it) that Harry Reid offered him back in July a deal to raise the debt ceiling and pass the continuing resolution, a deal that included $70 billion in cuts. But Boehner decided instead to let the tea baggers go ahead with their plans to shut down the government and put our nation's good faith and credit at risk.

    Is it any wonder repubs are considered idiots by anyone with a working brain?

    October 14, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Put the continuing resolution to a vote, John. What's that? Tea baggers have you by the short hairs and you're afraid of losing your House leadership and then being primaried and losing your job? And then, why, we'd have to watch you CRY yet again.

    I guess the turmoil caused by the government shutdown and the possible downgrading of our nation's credit rating, which would send shockwaves through the global economy is worth it – NOT!

    October 14, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. Name Uche Agonsi

    I dont even know at this point what Americans want, just any negotiated settlement, including some agreement that would turn to hurt them in no distant future, or the right agreement. Another problem is the shifting nature of Republican demands.....Obamacare, tax cut, debt reduction, short term and/or partial opening of government, and GOD KNOWS WHAT. And what was this Veterans march to the White House for instead of going to Congress. Some of the people's wrongly expressed views add to the problems instead. If Mr. President is pressured to accept compromises that would hurt Americans, like the Sequester, sooner or later he would the Repubs would come up with another blame.
    Americans need to know the negotiating issues at stake, and equally deserve the right solutions. One mistake I feel the public would correct is to tie the fate of the Repubs lobbysts to the harm done Americans, by boycotting their products/services until the shutdown is lifted and debt ceiling extended. These should including Koch Brothers and others, until another election rectifies the structural anomaly in Congress.

    October 14, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    What's this with " the president wont negotiate?" he has said repeatedly pas a CR re-start government adjust the debt ceiling in line with votes already in effect and we negotiate everything in the appropriations process.
    That Mr Boehner is regular order!! but you don't want that because it does not guarantee eliminating or totally eviscerating PPACA, or the draconian spending cuts you have outlined , and OH as usual no taxes. All of which were things you could not get approved including (( 40 Failed attempts to repeal delay defund PPACA)) House or Senate Under regular order ignored 19 or 21 times this White House and Senate request to go to reconciliation of the budget because congress said no 19 or 21 times.
    So much for regular order!!
    Its you who are not negotiating because you cannot achieve your polices thru the regular order legislative procedures so extort politely or blackmail the country into you view by creating a complete and total loss of faith In the US governments credit or indeed its system of politics and government.
    The international media and press think you are insane., and that is much bigger view from a Bi -partisan community the size of which you cannot muster in the US alone.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    October 14, 2013 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
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