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. Alfred E Neumann

    How nice, with the economy a nightmare we are now into calling out bluff's.

    How wonderful. Is there anyone in congress, Republican or Democrat or anyone in the White House for that matter who has the interests of the people as their primary focus?

    March 6, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. zapper6264-news

    Someone needs to buy Pelosi a new broomstick and send her back to San Francisco.

    March 6, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    I am an obama supporter, but Nancy pelosi has got to go, she is way to polerizing and devisive for the type of cooperation the admin needs.

    March 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. texas teacher

    Dems having "heated" debate? Well, I just want to spit up in my mouth. I'm just saying.

    March 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. ray ray

    "The two Democratic sources say Pelosi reacted with “anger,” arguing that Democrats should instead adopt a “scorched earth” strategy ..."

    Wow – America is enduring an economic crisis and Nancy is recommending a Scorched-Earth approach because she doesn't want to deal with the other 50% of America saying NO MORE WASTEFUL SPENDING???

    Yep.. Change you can believe in!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. pete

    Who is more pathetic, Reid or Pelosi?

    Obama is running a close third.

    March 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. shannon

    I remember when I was excited for Pelosi to be speaker. Now, I'm just fed up. This angry, bitter woman is standing in the way of America doing better, with her give everybody everything attitude. We need leaders, not bitter patisans who only care about winning an argument.

    March 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    I am surely amazed with the whining republicans who had none of this righteous indignation when the they voted in lock step with Bush to financially rape this nation in the service of making the 5% of the wealthiest Americans wealthier! Now they are appalled that Obama wants to help the average American out for a change!

    March 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. C Spurgeon

    That sounds like a reasonable idea from Pelosi or am I reading it wrong? I am reading it to stay with last years levels and no new programs.

    March 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    I hope she has great heartburn.

    March 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Jack

    oh my God, none of these people (obama included) have any sense of reality. we are dying out here, losing our jobs, our houses, and our retirement savings! and all obama can tell us is now is the time to buy stocks! What did he say, oh yea " CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!"

    March 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. pjartco

    Oh God. I actually agree with Pelosi. Propose funding at last years levels and see how fast the Republicans change their tune. Right now, they are trying to enjoy the advantages of increased funding to their districts while not voting for it, therefor, not having to explain to their constituents why they increased spending. Maybe the Democrats should cut the spending bill by reducing spending in all districts and states where the Senator or Congressman is voting no, whether they are Republican or Democrat. If they won't vote for the money, it must mean they don't need it. Let them explain that the next time they are up for election.

    March 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. joe

    Finally, some Democrats are doing the right thing and rejecting the pork bill.

    March 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Tim

    Once again, you and I who live Main Street will end up paying the price of our leaderships(?) bickering. So much for "Change we can believe in".

    March 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Chas

    The Republicans continue to speak with forked tongue –

    March 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. A tired American

    Republicans are acting like spoiled children. They would rather stop the government than have the government do anything good. Didn't they try this in back around 1994 or 1995 under Newt Gingrich?

    Republicans made earmarks an art form, and now they are fighting the good fight against them?

    Give me a break!!!

    March 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    These A holes need to crawl back under their rocks or under Limbaughs baggy pants and let Obama and company try to right the wrongs THEY made! It is sooo hypocritical to whine all this righteous indignation as though NO ONE remembers What THEY did in the last 8 years... I'm truly sick of them!

    Go on... just keep lying to the People! But recall we voted overwhelmingly for Obama.... NOT YOU! 🙂

    March 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. mehrrh

    So again, the democrats are falling victim to republicans.

    March 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Philadelphian trapped in Texas

    Not a big Pelosi fan, but I think she's right this time, and I agree Reid lacks the appendages she's got.

    March 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Todd Burke

    Pelosi is one of the worst, petty, divisive, egotistical and self-serving Speakers that Congress has ever had. The members should have some "balls" and vote her out. As for pork.........can we say "Dole Pineapple/Pelosi/Samoa"? She's one of the worst.........

    March 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Fox

    Nancy is for anything that is wasteful. The senators in my state won't vote for it and neither will my congressman. Nancy can ram it down our throat but this radicalism is what is tanking the stock market. Investors I talk to every day or horrefied with our leadership in Congress and it is amatuer hour at the White House.

    March 6, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. portland

    who cares, when are you people going to get it, our goverment sucks

    March 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Daniel

    Pelosi is a piece of work. She really needs to go. If CHANGE is what we want, she truly represents the past and gridlock.

    March 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. lescroc

    To hell with Pelosi and obamism!. He is taking America more and more into obama socialism. Would be good for America if Pelosi just quit and went back to Calif!. And Obama to where ever he came from

    March 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Matthew, Detroit

    I would like to thank SENATE DEMOCRATS, They stood up and fought

    WHO have decided NOT to support Barack, Reid, and Pelosi.

    They have spoken out against the Spending in general and the waste

    specifically that are in these bills. Stop Spending Money.

    The problem is a CREDIT, BANKING, and MORTAGE ISSUE.

    NOT Health, Education, and Energy Credit issue. Stop making excuses.

    Solve the problem and stop spending money to create others.

    March 6, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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