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. AnnelieseBraselton

    You wanted change; YOU GOT CHANGE; thx

    March 6, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Riteaidbob

    Emilio March 6th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

    Nancy is finally and publicly showing her frustrations with the weak-kneed Harry Reid. If the 'Cons want a fight over the bill then let them follow through with a proper fillibuster. Bring out the cots and let the criminal Repug thugs demonstrate their hatred for the poor people of America.

    That would be all the "poor" that don't pay federal taxes yet get "refunds and credits" and free food and medicaid health care and and and...

    My heart bleeds....

    March 6, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. sandee in Portland

    "call their bluff"....does Pelosi think this is a game? Evidently both the republicans and democrats think it's a game. Vote them out if they've been in office more than 2 terms. After they've been in office that length of time, they're more interested in their own special interests than they are in the general populations. TERM LIMITS for them all. We have term limits on governors and the president, why not for all the rest of the politicians. This would keep them from making a career out of their jobs....especially when their job is supposed to be to serve the people of our nation, not themselves.

    March 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Ruby

    the republicans have had a scorched earth policy for 8 fricking years. I say, Go Nancy! It's about time you showed you have some balls. Now, when are you going to bring those criminals from the last administration to trial? They deserve a fair trial like all other criminals.

    March 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Bill

    Isn't the article about Pelosi getting mad at Reid and Durbin? What does Obama, Bush, Rush, Repubs have to do with the topic? It's a story about Pelosi, Reid and Durbin arguing. It's amazing how people will comment on an article by bashing Obama and the Libs, or Bush/Rush and the Repubs (depending on their side), whether it has anything to do with the topic. Stupid people! Thanks to JSM63 who had the best reply to the topic.

    March 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    Reid has no spine!

    March 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. mitch

    um last time i checked DEMOCRATS are in charge of congress and have been since 2006. Only a moron blames this on republicans. before you come on here and make a fool of yourself be sure to look at who controls congress first. Dick Durbin is NOT a republican. Pelosi also changed procedures to stop republican congressmen from offering any amendments 3 years ago and immediately shuts down their alternative legislation. Get your facts straight or else be another useful idiot Please stop wasting everyone's time with your ignorance. I wonder if Pelosi thinks her democrat colleagues are "unpatriotic" now.

    March 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. annie - Palin 2012

    Could someone please put pelosi, reid and all other corrupt politicians in the extra 7 states obama thinks we have. Put bo there too and give us our country back. I am sure there are some honest hard working REAL Americans out there that would love these jobs.

    March 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Scott L

    Pelosi is the halloween costume of 2009!

    March 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Mike

    Democrats sure fooled the voters, "change", "yes we can", "they don't get it" all wonderful one liners.

    Yea they really got ya.

    March 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Franky

    Alright Folks, move over because I'm back with a vengeance! Good lord, what a day...

    So, let's see...Pelosi getting upset?? Anything new?? LOL!! Na'h, I'm playing. Come on guys, take a drink, is an occasion over here...(which seems like it every day)...

    March 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. ridiculous in CA

    i think it's funny that democrats that hated the way republicans spent money under Bush believe that giving the democrats a chance to spend wildly is okay. if this is just last year's business, why do we let this year's congress vote on it? and if this year's congress is going to vote on it, should't they take into account the $1trillion they have already agreed to.

    March 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. aware

    Politics is a palm-greasing game, and Obama, from the pay to play state, is no different! He continues his charade with the rhetoric of a snake charmer or, if you prefer, the lies of a used car salesman! 😦

    They are all power hungry, arrogant, nasty, manipulative obfuscators!

    But the one with the Alinsky ideology is the dangerous one!

    March 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Riley

    Nancy is the only one of the three with any guts.

    March 6, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Judy from PA

    Why are these Dems against this?? How is this different from the pork laden stimulus bill they voted overwhelming for??? As for all the Bush haters out there, just think this Congress was in place for his last 2 years of his presidency. Who is really to blame???

    March 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Smarter than a Texas Teacher

    Texas Teacher,

    Seriously are you really a a teacher? Such ignorance in your post and apparently you aren't smart enough to figure out where your CAPS LOCK key is. Thank God you aren't teaching my kids.

    March 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. gary

    scorched earth. is this not the term hitler used when the immenent destruction of germany became apparent and he ordered the country to destroy all of its contents, obama should get in pelosi and reids face and tell them i am the president of this country not either one of you then throw them both out of the white house

    March 6, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    I don't like a "heated" anything - it makes me spit up in my mouth. I'm just saying . . .

    March 6, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. JON

    I'm A DEM and I don't want this bill past as it is. Their is a great number of Dems that beleive in cutting goverment spending. We also think giving a bigger tax break to small business and tax credits is a good thing. I have no problem letting the BUSH tax cuts exspire and having the same tax deduction for chairity contributions the same for all. I voted for Obama and he is doing everything he said he would do but on this bill he would have needed to VETO it for us to keep the faith.

    March 6, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Natasha in tally

    I agree madam speaker. Veto the spending bill and call the Republicans bluff.

    March 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Christine, Toledo, OR

    Pelsoi=my way or the highway......yeah change we can count on!!!

    March 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. In Michigan

    Can they at least admit to the US that we're firmly in a depression now? Not that we need to be told...

    March 6, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Joe

    Warthog – get a clue. socialism is about taking wealth from some and spreading it around. It does not promote competition and removes any motivation to succeed as you will just have it taken and given to someone else. Can't imagine government health care...just go to your local DMV and try and get any level of stinks. You are not a customer, you are a tax payer. The same will hold true with universal health care. What a joke.

    Keep sipping the Obama kool-aid and everything will be just fine. Please!

    March 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Barbara you know how stupid you sound. Do you know what socialism means. It is an economic policy ,This is the definition.
    "Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy."
    Maybe you should read a few books.
    Nancy Pelosi is without a doubt the epitome of narcisism.It is all about her and her only.

    March 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Ralph

    Rep. Pelosi only cares about her own power and influence. What a

    March 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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