March 6th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Congressional Dems have 'heated' meeting over spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate and House Democratic leaders had what two sources describe as an extremely heated meeting Thursday night about the spending bill.

Once Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid figured out he did not have the votes to pass it, he and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to propose passing a five day resolution to keep the government running, and come back to the $410 billion spending bill next week.

The two Democratic sources say Pelosi reacted with “anger,” arguing that Democrats should instead adopt a “scorched earth” strategy and simply fund the government at last year’s levels through the end of the year. Her point, according to the sources, was that even though Republicans have been slamming the bill as wasteful spending, many of them really have an interest in seeing it passed. This would call their bluff.

One of the sources says Reid and Durbin pushed back, saying the bill increases funding for a lot of Democratic priorities slashed by President Bush, and that it was worth another try. At the end of the tense meeting, Senate Democrats prevailed.

This meeting was first reported by the Politico.

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soundoff (492 Responses)
  1. Lilly Rose

    Nancy Pelosi should not be too impressed with herself. She may be a casualty of 2010 reelections too. Obama must prevail and the voters will jettison ANYONE who screws with his plan to get America working again.

    March 6, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. dtspam

    What we need are leaders that know how to work for the common good, not their own ideology. I wouldn't shed a tear to se Ms. Pelosi take a long vacation away from Washington. She's not that leader.

    March 6, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Fractured

    If Hillary Clinton were president, she would have Nancy Pelosi wearing a studded dog collar and fetching tennis balls by now.

    March 6, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. big daddy KANE

    Hey the guy named Jake below me who said Obama is ruining this nation...STFU!

    Bush got us in this mess and Obama is having to get us out. How bout you give him more than a month and a half before throwing him under the bus...idiot.

    March 6, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Alan

    The fraud in the White House, Pelosi, Reid – all of them are going to get their comeuppance within the next two years. Either this paraphlegic bill, certainly NOT stimulus is going to backfire and hurt the average citizen, or we will face, thanks to fraud's appeasement policies, a MAJOR terrorist attack on America, or both, and all hell is going to pay!

    March 6, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Kyle


    People loke you are why this country is deemed pathetic and full of stupid uneducated people.

    You say, and I quote: " think I am seeing how easy it is to tear something down that took so long to build."

    Now James, are you really that stupid? I think so.

    Have you heard about the Constitution before. Now think... really hard. Rub those 2 brain cells together. Bush administration.... Republican policy... come on James... you can do it.

    I venture to guess you are an idiot.

    March 6, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. fedup

    Pelosi is nothing more than a vengeful political animal. Obama has no chance of bipartisanship with this egomaniac at the wheel. The satisfaction of righting the ship hasn't a chance when all she thinks about is paybacks.

    March 6, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Robert

    Why have so many of you forgotten one VERY IMPORTANT THING!
    The democrats left us in the black with a good economy and NO war. The Republicans ran this country completely for 6 years and 2 more with BUSH. What did the do, let me see. Left our economy in a shambles, cost millions of Americans job less, invaded a country that had NOTHING to do with 911, allowed outsoucing, created so called fair trade (HA), no action on health, let the oil companies shaft us, made all CEO's super rich, Let Wall street run rampant, etc etc etc etc etc, Good God the list is endless. BUT now they want to run things because they know the best way. What we need is to let Obama do his thing because someone finally cares and throw out the Republicans who fight him and ALSO the Democrats who fight him because Congress has showed they are STUPID and GREEDY and only want more POWER to do more of NOTHING., Pelosi certainly should go also. Signed.............Independent for a third party. Why because neither current party can think in thirds.

    March 6, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Harry

    Pelosi is evil. Go away.

    March 6, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. P.Barman

    President Obama control Pelosi she is going to ruin it for you and this woman has bad temper and her days ought to be numbered now.

    March 6, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Ron the man

    Nancy rules! She stomps on that little chicken Harry Reid and the hapless repubs. Socialism is the only way you people, and then communism in about 10-15 years. It WILL work. Michelle for next pres, she will ge it done.

    March 6, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Frank

    Why doesn't everybody take responsibility for what they do and live with the consequences of their decisions. Quit waiting for somone to bail you out. The only ones that should be getting government help but probably get the least of it is our service men and women who sacrifice so much for us so that we can moan and bicker about who is doing the right thing.

    March 6, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Frustrated American

    It makes no sense to me that common sense is mysteriously absent. Instead, everything is ideologically driven, whether Republican or Democrat. We don't need misguided ideologies, we need solid business fundamentals. Strengthen the business community by lowering restrictions, tax burdens, and giving incentives to invest. We need a resumption of personal responsibility, and accountability, not depending on governement. This is a great nation, it should remain that way. This isn't the change we voted for. Let's see some campaign promises adhered to, not just from the president, but from all our elected officials. Protect and defend the constitution, defend liberty.

    March 6, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. Arbitragem

    I’m afraid we’re in for a long and drawn out recession/depression. Our government has been doing whatever it takes to prevent a recession since Sept 11 and it’s been going on for too long. Periodic recessions are healthy in order to sustain continued economic growth. It’s similar to earthquakes, it’s better to have small tremors occasionally than none at all and finally having the big one.

    Having said that, it’s my feeling that now that the democrats control both houses, they aren’t thinking about the real costs of the spending package. They only know that now that they have full control, they want to accomplish all they can. before they lose full control again. It’s a very selfish agenda putting their ideology before the economy and their country.

    I think if Americans could recast their votes knowing what they know now, Obama would still be a Senator. I’m a republican but I voted for McCain as a vote against Obama. I hope and pray that Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich run for President in 2012. I would also like to see an equal balance of power of republicans and democrats in both houses the next time around.

    March 6, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. Jim

    What a mess. How about a real 3rd party of the independents and moderates from Dems and Republicans? You know, the normal people – then let the fringe wings from the Dems and Republicans just stew in their own juices.

    March 7, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Kent

    Reid should place it to a vote and let the Republicans filibuster while the US Goverment stops paying its bills. The people will rise up against political obstructionism and throw the remaining GOP clowns out.

    March 7, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Harry

    One thing remains consistant,we keep trusting polititions to be the overseers of our monies,to many cooks spoil the broth,we really need a new system of governance

    March 8, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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