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. Michael M. Noonan

    Amazing, isn't it, actually a historical milestone, that we have elevated a mentally retarded woman to Speaker of the House.

    March 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Terry

    Unfortunately, we're doomed with the type of leaders we have running our country. I wish they'd be American's first and Politicans second.

    March 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Conservative Independent

    love to see the inner ranks fighting. 2010 will be another year of change, if you know what I mean...

    March 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Midwest sense

    It is time the Dems get Queen Pelosi out. She is a hinderance to the Administration. Time for the Blue dogs to take control. This venom and steam rolling mentality needs to end now if this country will ever get get back on track.

    March 6, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. LA California

    Just call their bluff... democrats could always fund these programs later and keep the republican ones out since its so "wasteful"

    March 6, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Rick

    So Scorched Earth Strategy, OK who's the Anti Christ Pelosi. Ried, Durbin or Obama, Right now it looks as if the anti christ convention is is town and one of these are bucking for head position to be dictator of the earth.

    March 6, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Frank

    Is it time for Nancy to retire...yet? She doesn't seem to have gotten the memo about "change."

    March 6, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. George

    I'm surprised that Empress Pelosi had time to speak to a mere Senator.

    Even Palpatine would be afraid of her.

    March 6, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Bob

    This is great. Nancy is protecting the hard working, informed people, and the uninformed people, from the unwise democratic elected government officials, that were elected into office by the, again, uninformed, uneducated majority that overwhelmingly voted for Democrats for the Senate and Presidency last November, which everyone knows love to waste money, because that is the foundation of a Democratic Party, to spend. In a bad economy, none the less. What have you done, oh uninformed arm chair politicians we call citizens? This is not a football game, the coolest person isn't always right.

    March 6, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. cord

    nice. more politics determining what's ultimately "good" for the people . . .

    March 6, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Mike Jensen

    You go Pelosi. Give em hell and call their bluff. We won't be in any worse shape if it goes through. Besides, the republicans need to start offering ideas rather that simply whining and playing politics.

    March 6, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Andrew


    It is time to grab the wheel, put the foot on the gas and start getting the work of the people done. Voters will let you know in 2, 4, and 8 years if they approve, but until then quit being intimidated by a weak and obstructionist minority and GET ON WITH IT.

    March 6, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Jon in CA

    THESE are the leaders of our country??

    Good bye Sweet America!!

    Most of you could care LESS about the power-drunk spending spree happening.... but when the dust settles and the damage is done – you who idly watched ARE TO BLAME.

    March 6, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. vx0

    Unbelievable. The economy is in a death spiral and these idiots are having public cat fight? Looks like the American people made some bad choices last November.

    March 6, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Keith James Louttit

    Seems like Ms. Pelosi still thinks SHE is running the Nation, and forgetting it is OUR money, not hers!

    March 6, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Betty Jones

    Pelosi is a disgrace to the country as are most of the other democrats who favor the bail out.

    March 6, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Lene"

    I really wish they could get rid of Pelosi as well as Reid. I have never seen such hypocrits in my life! Pelosi is a VERY irresponsible woman and acts as if she is Queen of America. She started it all out insisting she have a big private jet and then she spends money like water on special interests...some of which she and hers profit from and Reid is no better. I think if their is a way to dischair her they should for the sake of this country.

    March 6, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. John

    Pelosi needs to quit getting mad at everyone and learn how to work together esp. with her own fellow democrats.

    March 6, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Brian, Quad Cities

    Nancy, Reid is a committed invertabrate. He has never called/will never call a Republican bluff. Unfortunately, his weakness provides more adversirty than support.

    March 6, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Deb

    And this is news why????????

    March 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Meka


    March 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Rodney

    WOW here is a novel idea- why don't we just cut her plane out and save that money weekly? Better yet I am for buying this dingbat a one way ticket straight to some place and it ain't in the US.

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. SAGG

    I'm with Speaker Pelosi. Let's stop the cumbaya crap and bluff the Repubs. DARE them to go against it, like the Stimulus Package...

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. me

    Look If these spendomaniacs want to keep wasting money they need to open up the coffers of their own money. I'm sick of financing everyones pet agendas. My god when is it goona stop. How can the Oboma and congress think that it is the will of the people? I'll have eveyone know that Oboma lost the popular vote. I think that congress should be stripped of their personal finances and live like the rest of the nation for awhile to see what life is like at the bottom of the pile. Do we import these people from another planet or what. They just think we are stupid and will buy every lie thats thrown at us. Read my lips stop spending.

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Andrew Owens

    Why is the federal government the only entity in America that does not have to operate under the parameters of being able to spend only that which is available.

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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