Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal
December 10th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
4 months ago

Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.

"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.

Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have spent the past two months working on a budget agreement that would set government spending levels and replace the automatic spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year.

But with fewer than four days left before the deadline to finish work on an agreement, there are signs of pushback from the right and left.

On the Democratic side, two key House leaders, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steny Hoyer, have strongly objected to the idea of including an increase in federal worker pension contributions as part of the deal. Both men represent Maryland districts heavily populated by federal employees.
Another thorn for Democrats? Many are pushing for an extension of expiring unemployment benefits to be in the deal.

Murray put the extension on the table in budget talks. But Tuesday, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, indicated that the unemployment benefits may be separated from budget talks.
"From my understanding, that's more between Speaker Boehner and (President Barack Obama) at this point," he told CNN.

But Rep. Steve Israel of New York said fellow Democrats are not ready to "concede that it won't be part of the budget."

Meanwhile on the right, conservatives are pushing back at any change in the spending caps that were put in place in the 2011 budget law.

Included in that are controversial forced spending cuts known as sequestration or sequester.

Tuesday, three conservative organizations–Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Action and Freedomworks– issued statements urging conservatives to oppose any deal that would roll back the 2011 caps or set higher spending levels.

The political objections create a significant issue in the House, where any deal would likely need a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to pass.

And Friday is not the only deadline involved.

The House is planning to leave for holiday recess that day and its rules require that members get at least three days to read any bill before voting on it. The chamber has not always stuck to that rule, but it paints a red circle around Wednesday.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Too bad the Teatrolls, Heritage, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and other right wing nutbags are all demanding that the budget deal be scrapped and threatening to blacklist any GOPers/Teatrolls that vote for it. They want to cause another shutdown.

    December 10, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. ora pike

    obama loaned the solar company $500,000,000–friends of his-and sold it for $25,000,000 to CHINA–CHINA??? clinton was right–obama has no experience running a business. Lied to YOU CAN KEEP ;YOUR INSURANCE, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HOSPITAL, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR MEDS, IT WAS A VIDEO, NOBODY TOLD ME-so please lets cut the spending-we don't have any money and obama has no concept of a dollar. GET OBAMA TO RESIGN NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    December 10, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Whatever! Rush a deal through so you can go home on vacation. Just make sure that unemployment benefits are extended and put in the deal.

    December 10, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Name carl

    RYAN and the Teabaggers are horrible. Shame on the GOP only think about helping the Rich. Throw the GOP OUT in 2014.

    December 10, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. truth hurts but reality bites

    I can't believe the Democrats are still harping on extending unemployment benefits. We've spent a quater of a trillion dollars on extending these benefits and all while the Democrats claim the economy is fixed and doing well. Welll, which one is it Democrats? Are we still in a hole after 5 years of record government spending and wlefare? Or are we in the Summer of Recovery 2010 like Joe said?

    It seems like the Democrats want to expand the unemployment system into another full fledged welfare system.

    December 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    What ever happened to the Farms Bill? Is the price of milk going to double come the first of the year, or not?

    December 10, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. CB FL

    If you cut the Tea Baggers salary in half they would still spend millions to get reelected to carrying out the wishes of people like the Koch brothers.

    December 10, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Scott

    Obama's Obamacare works IF President Obama can carve away $300 Billion a year of American's money to give to Gig Insurance companies, money that had been earmarked for new car and new home purchases. Forget the car and home, those purchases go away under Obama's Obamacare plan, and Big Insurance, Obama's friends, skim 20% off the top.

    December 10, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    ora pike

    GET OBAMA TO RESIGN NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
    ----–

    thanks for my afternoon laugh. sorry but you'll just have to deal with 3 more years of his administration and there ain't NOTHIN' you or the T-Trolls can do about it

    December 10, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. senseless for posting

    @truth hurts but reality bites--–did you used to be truth hurts, my view is, just asking, just saying or one of the other trolls. You sound like the same person that was in love with Romney.

    December 10, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts but reality bites

    I can't believe the Democrats are still harping on extending unemployment benefits. We've spent a quater of a trillion dollars on extending these benefits and all while the Democrats claim the economy is fixed and doing well. Welll, which one is it Democrats? Are we still in a hole after 5 years of record government spending and wlefare? Or are we in the Summer of Recovery 2010 like Joe said?

    It seems like the Democrats want to expand the unemployment system into another full fledged welfare system.
    *************************************************
    The unemployment benefits were never meant to be long term, but, since the recovery has taken longer than expected, due to the games the GOP always wants to play, we may have little choice in the matter. Making immature comments while offering up no solutions of their own seems to be the only thing the GOP has been willing to offer in the last 5 years. Whine,attack, and never assume responsibility is the best thing the GOP can offer, it seems.

    December 10, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "all while the Democrats claim the economy is fixed and doing well."

    Nobody's claiming that. Stop deliberately misrepresenting what the other side is saying just to give yourself an easier argument to make. Nobody's claiming it's entirely fixed and doing well and nobody's denying that there's a lot of work to be done to bring the economy to where we need it to be. Well, nobody unless you count the GOP/Teatrolls in the House, who have done absolutely nothing to enact any legislation whatsoever that is specifically designed to help the economy, which could be taken as indicative of their belief that nothing needs to be done because everything's just fine. And no, engaging in the whackadoodle fiction that all their attempts to destroy the ACA, SS, Medicare, Medicaid and block immigration reform are "attempts to help the economy," just doesn't fly.

    December 10, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I remember Paul Ryan ... in regard to his support for cutting $39 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutrition Support Program (SNAP) that feeds low-income children, seniors and the disabled. Sister Simone Campbell put it best in her testimony to the House Budget Committee hearing on July 31, 2013:

    “SNAP is the most effective program we have with the least amount of waste, fraud and abuse,” Campbell said, adding that cutting it would be "morally wrong."

    BTW, Paul and all the other Ayn Rand fanatics, here are some FACTS:

    58 percent of households receiving SNAP have someone who is employed and in 82 percent of households on SNAP one of the family members finds work within a year.

    Charities do what they can, but it's not enough. So please explain to me again, Paul, how cutting aid to those most vulnerable among us is good for our country – and somehow aligns with your supposed religious faith?

    December 10, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @ora pike "clinton was right"

    Well I hope you get your wish and have to say "President Clinton" for 4 years.

    December 10, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    Too bad the Teatrolls, Heritage, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and other right wing nutbags are all demanding that the budget deal be scrapped and threatening to blacklist any GOPers/Teatrolls that vote for it. They want to cause another shutdown.
    ----–
    Yes – they only want one thing: broken government to thwart our President like anarchists. It is not about deals, compromise, policy, people, ideology, jobs, future, stability, security, freedom, honor, or morality. They want it broken. Anarchists.

    December 10, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Peppy

    If you voted for the idiot in the White house than you are partly to blame. Quit blaming everyone else for obongs failures. This is beyond ridiculous. The repubs tried to stop oblunder care, maybe you all should of listened !!!Dutch/Bad Newz, youd be wading your undies if Ryan wasn't trying to pass a budget bill. Grow up or get educated. Sniffit a shut down wouldn't be bad, they are all pretty worthless. Hope you don't have kids cause they will be paying for the dems mistakes for decades>

    December 10, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "“SNAP is the most effective program we have with the least amount of waste, fraud and abuse,” Campbell said, adding that cutting it would be "morally wrong.""

    Indeed. Moreover, food stamps are one of the single most effective dollar of aid spent by the gov't. For each dollar of food stamps spent, it generates somewhere between $1.70-$1.85 in economic activity. They are extremely effective "stimulus."

    December 10, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    @senseless for posting, I like to say god bless you, these idiots are GOP garbage blind trash, and tea trolls, I stopped reading and responding. Do they at least know that we don't have wars, economy is better shape? Stock market is live proof therefor. Thanks, good Christmas!!!!

    December 10, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    @senseless for posting, god bless you. These are GOP garbage and obsolete waste products of tea troll cult in USA, ignore these racial thugs in modern world. Great holidays!!

    December 10, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Pew Research poll – Obama approval back at 45%, which is a point or two higher than what they had him at BEFORE the ACA website fiasco.

    CNN – "Huh? w didn't hear anything like that. That doesn't exist. Watch this chimpanzee who can't figure out how to sign up on the website....DOOM DOOM DOOOOOOM!!!!!!"

    December 10, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Me

    The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts but reality bites

    I can't believe the Democrats are still harping on extending unemployment benefits. We've spent a quater of a trillion dollars on extending these benefits and all while the Democrats claim the economy is fixed and doing well. Welll, which one is it Democrats? Are we still in a hole after 5 years of record government spending and wlefare? Or are we in the Summer of Recovery 2010 like Joe said?

    It seems like the Democrats want to expand the unemployment system into another full fledged welfare system.
    *************************************************
    The unemployment benefits were never meant to be long term, but, since the recovery has taken longer than expected, due to the games the GOP always wants to play, we may have little choice in the matter. Making immature comments while offering up no solutions of their own seems to be the only thing the GOP has been willing to offer in the last 5 years. Whine,attack, and never assume responsibility is the best thing the GOP can offer, it seems.
    ______________
    Immature comment, LOL, how is stating that unemployment benefits should NOT be extended YET again immature???? Unemployment benefits absolutely do NOT need to be extended, if you can't find work after 12 months you are not TRYING, looks like the truth does hurt! 99 months is completely insane, the MAX should be 12 or maybe 18 months, anymore is just living off of unemployment! And Sniffy, uncle Joe DID say America is recovering in 2010 but of course you conveniently forget, or more likely deliberately forget!

    December 10, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |