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. boob

    Now THAT'S good governing!

    March 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Pelosi has to go, I am sickened by the Dem's and their agenda during this crises. I voted for Obama for change, that meant the Democrats too!

    When families don't have money, they buy the essentials. That's what we need congress to do, bare essentials and nothing else, no arts, medical research, none of that until the economy turns around.

    We should fund those programs when we can pay for it, not borrow to pay for it. She needs to resign.

    March 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    There's a great strategy. Hurt the country, but at least screw the opposing party. Does anyone out there still think politicians care about you or anyone other than themselves?

    March 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. jumbo

    pelosi is a psycho,,, she most go

    March 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. kevin

    the perfect summertime recipie, blk star pepper, one niga tree, one coucasion female, 3oz .. youthzest.... and u get " a hateful Mike Jacko" STOP IT CNN. U HAVE DONE FAR 2 MUCH. @ TEAR down THIS one,(1) person. U WHITE OF RIGHT, OJ IS DONE LEAVE MIKE ALONG. UR POINT IZ PROVEN, NEXT WILL B MR>OBAMA MAKER OF THIS global problem. MR blk man u hade 2 want 2 b the president of the republic 4 whit it stands

    March 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Ernie in LA

    The Demos are doing such a wonderful job. And they have room to talk about Repubs?

    March 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    This is all part of the cyclical process. Dems are in control and they have some in-fighting. It seems like we just got over Repbulicans having control and having in-fighting as well. In other words, we will continue to have the same problems we have now because these officials are beholden to parties and not the people who elect them.

    March 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Carlton

    I am so glad Pelosi is in place. Her and Reid will singlehandedly do more to screw up President Obama's policies and convince the nation that we have elected the biggest clown show in Washington (Dems and Repubs) ever.

    Sheesh. What a mess these folks are. Can't wait for the next round of elections.

    March 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Ken from missouri

    I voted for President Obama and support his agenda but Nancy Pelosi needs to resign her position she is just like george w bush
    it's my way or no way attitude and she will ruin the democratic party
    When you are SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE you are supposed to get things done that will help the country she acts like what's good for
    her district is good for the country and that's just not true ,also she can
    make you mad by just looking at her ,it's one thing to deal with the republicans but to have someone in your party like her is so frustrating. SAVE THE PARTY NANCY AND STEP DOWN!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Alan

    @Rodney: You do realize that the Speaker of the House has his/her own plane because of 9-11 security measures, right? Pelosi stated she has no problem using commercial flights, but 9-11 security measures won't allow it. The Speaker of the House is 2nd in line to the Presidency after the VP. In fact, the Air Force has a stable of military planes for use by Cabinet Members and other top government officials.

    Really, please get your facts in order before going on ignorant rants.

    March 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. adam

    Pelosi SUCKS! Tell the old bag to retire.

    March 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Mark

    Heh. . . It's fun to watch these clowns of both parties have hissy fits. . .

    March 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. HH

    what happened to obama ending bipartisanship? he can't even do it in his own party? what happened to obama ending pork and wasteful spending? he can't even do it in his own party's bills.

    unfortunately fear has replaced hope as it's now apparent that obama is just another politician...willing to say whatever it takes to get him elected.

    March 6, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Kevin in Atlanta, GA

    This isn't news at's our system of checks-and-balances at work. Our forefathers knew what they were doing when they set up a bicameral legislature.

    As for Nancy Pelosi, I'd be happy to see her give up the speakership after the 2010 elections. Newt Gingrich had 2 terms at the post, and that's enough for Pelosi as well.

    March 6, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. dont drop the soap Rush

    Send them all to the wilderness Nancy,their deserve to have their noses rubbed in it.Hows it feel to be on the outside looking in losers?Enjoy your wait till the next election. haha

    March 6, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Patrick

    :OBAMA socialism will kill our great COUNTRY.:

    Bush already destroyed it... you can't destroy something that was already destroyed.

    March 6, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    Pelosi makes the Democratic party look bad. She has poor leadership skills. The only reason anything succeeds is that the American public relegated the Republican party to useless, inmaterial party in the House. If the Republicans had some semblance of leadership then it would clearly show how incompetent that she is.

    March 6, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. jesse hed

    I'm a huge loser.

    March 6, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. dean b

    Obama Communism? You mean trying to pay the bills Bush and the FREESPENDING Republicans left from the last 8 years?? Conservatives are like kindergartners......get what they want and smile, cry when they don't get their way, and point them blame and say "It wasn't me!".

    Finally a Goverment that governs and doesn't just campaign! about Bush Imperialism? Where were you when he was blowing a trillion a year bombing that sandlot called Iraq?

    March 6, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Trevor in NC

    We gotta turn this ship around before it's too late... this country is going straight to heck in a handbasket.

    March 6, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Nancy is the only reason anything is getting done in Congress. You should be thankful she's in charge!

    You go girl!!

    March 6, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Aaron

    If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen.

    March 6, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. James

    Well, you wanted change, you GOT change. LOL.

    Who controls the economy? CONGRESS.

    Who's started this slippery slide since 2006? DEMOCRATS.

    Hold on folks, 2009 is going to be one interesting ride!

    March 6, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. GenTwelve

    EVERYONE AND MEAN EVERYONE in Congress needs to take a

    TME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOT TO THE CORNER OF THE ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't return until you can act like adults, for the good of the country!!!

    THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF YOUR CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Chris Cantwell, Bradenton FL

    When will these idiots wake up? The revolution is under way, keep talking to your neighbors and friends. These people are absolutely out of their mind. How much has your life savings, 401K, home value lost over the past 2 years? 200K? 400K?

    Read about sound money & the cause of business cycles/bubbles.

    Until we abolish the Federal Reserve or create a competing sound currency, the business cycles and bubbles will continue to devalue the purchasing power of your time invested, labored money while simultaneously increasing the cost of goods and services through INFLATION ...which is TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!


    March 6, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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