December 16th, 2013
02:28 PM ET
8 months ago

5 things that could complicate budget deal in the Senate

Washington (CNN) - The federal budget has always been a tool for partisanship, but never more so than in the past few years.

Like the awkward and irreverent distant relative at the dinner table, the Senate tried for several years to ignore it. But everyone knew it was in the room, helping to create a permanent state of partisan gridlock.

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  1. Boomer in Mo

    As you read, buckets and buckets of tea are being brewed to pour all over this. God save us from patriots who never took econ 101 or political science 101.

    December 16, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    ke the awkward and irreverent distant relative at the dinner table, the Senate tried for several years to ignore it. But everyone knew it was in the room, helping to create a permanent state of partisan gridlock.
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    The Senate tried for several years to ignore it [a budget]? I have to give that one four pinnochios. Not only have Republicans been blocking the Senate from passing budgets, they let Ted Cruz filibuster the one budget that they finally passed. Besides, funding the government through Continuing Resolutions makes funding the government through a budget a moot point.

    BTW, we started this latest round of funding by CRs when TARP was passed on Friday, Oct. 2, 2008. Notice any significance to the date? It's the start of George W. Bush's final fiscal year. Republicans had opposed it and voted it down on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2008, which would have put TARP onto the FY2007/2008 budget ledger.

    December 16, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. CB FL

    If the republicans block this vote it will be their waterloo.

    December 16, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    We should have had someone a little tougher in there to negotiate this budget deal. It is just plain ridiculous to cut the long term unemployment of these folks who can't find jobs (because currently there are 3 unemployed to every 1 job opening). After the House couldn't find time to pass any jobs bills (like they promised- don't hear the righties crying about this huge lie) because they were too busy voting down the ACA each and every day. What are these folks going to do for work? Why would you risk putting Americans and their children under a bridge and take that money out of circulation in the economy? The only answer is is because you are mean, evil, or stupid (or any combination of the above).
    The House passed this so quick because they don't want to give the te abag gers another chance to try and destroy America by shutting down the government... a little hard to expalin how you can't extend employment benefits and food stamps to veterans, but you can waste 24 billion on a political whim.
    Vote 'em out folks... vote 'em out...

    December 16, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Cut military spending, raise infrastructure spending. USA needs this–not war.

    December 16, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Gunderson

    Well,
    Old Gunderson not sure about this Budget but suspect National Debt go up, Jobs still in Limbo, people no like Welfare Check being cut out. hey what else new. Harry Reid refuse to put budget's on floor last 4 years so no Budget. I see Boomer from Missouri. Somebody need show him, no? Next Act return to 1930's and Depression number 2. Liberal's sell you down river. Now out of Aces. Why after 100 years of democrats running country we in no better shape than 1930's?

    December 16, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. rs

    5 things that could cause this tiny budget deal to not pass? Republicans, Republicans, Republicans, Republicans and Republicans.

    December 16, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    CB FL

    If the republicans block this vote it will be their waterloo.
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    The long term unemployed would be better of if they did.

    December 16, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Republican economics created the huge income disparity in the 1890s, the great republican Hoover Depression, the great Bush Recession of 2008, and the republican shutdown and near default of 2013. Why do we have to hear so much stupidity from Ukraine McCain?

    December 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Of the "five things that could complicate budget deal in the Senate".........

    Three are because Republicans are afraid of the primaries in 2014 and 2016, and the third is because they
    are angry over the new filibuster rules.

    The fourth appears to be that some Republicans are willing to shut-down the Government...again.

    And the fifth actually deals with concerns for Americans.....needed unemployment benefit extensions and
    cutting the compensations for retired military.

    Again, Republicans only worried about their part-time jobs and full-time salaries. American people? What
    American people..........pathetic.

    December 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    If you don't have a job, thank a Democrat. They want the Republican's to fund your welfare. And then they kill it with Big Liberal Programs. The latest Obama Care. Most now think it is a joke. As long as the Peasants are in charge of the asylum business will stay offshore.

    December 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "As long as the Peasants are in charge of the asylum business will stay offshore."

    I'm loving this. Please use words like "peasants" and "serfs" and "servant class" more...it's clearly a wonderful strategy for you guys....really lets struggling middle-class and poor Americans know the GOP cares and is concerned with finding policies that allow for opportunity and advancement, especially when you guys attach it to sentiment that the "peasants" shouldn't be contributing to control over the country and the laws that will effect their well-being.

    BTW, if you're sockpuppeting under "Slagg" and "Gunderson," then you're giving a peek behind the curtain by letting something idiosyncratic like "peasants" crop up in basically the same context under two different monikers.

    December 16, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |