Senate Democrats reject House GOP proposal for short term spending measure
February 23rd, 2011
06:40 PM ET
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Senate Democrats reject House GOP proposal for short term spending measure

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats rejected Tuesday a House Republican leadership proposal to extend government funding for two weeks past March 4, the date when current funding expires.

House Republicans want the short-term bill to cut $4 billion in government spending during those two weeks - a prorated figure based on the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed for the rest of this fiscal year.

"It's the same thing as what they already passed and that was already rejected," a Senate Democratic aide said about the House Republican proposal. The aide, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the negotiations, said Republicans "indicated they won't go any further."

A senior House GOP aide, reacting to the rejection by Senate Democrats, stressed the details of what will be cut in the short-term bill are still being worked out but that "$4 billion is not unreasonable."

The aide, who declined to speak on the record about private talks with Senate, said the goal is to find cuts "that Senate Democrats would have a hard time opposing." The aide said the House is likely to vote on the plan next week.

Top aides for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and others met Wednesday to try to hammer out an agreement to pass a short-term bill.

Reid on Tuesday proposed a 30-day extension of government funding at current levels. But Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Majority Eric Cantor, responded "I'm not sure how Senator Reid rejected spending cuts that he hasn't seen yet, but it certainly reinforces the notion that he is willing to shut down the government rather than cut one penny in federal spending."

With both sides digging in their heels, it's becoming increasingly uncertain if a compromise can be reached in the remaining days to avert a government shutdown.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Suzanne

    What a way to run a railroad [government]!!!

    February 23, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    Everyone is just performing their parts. First we will have a shutdown so the TP's will feel like they have flexed their muscle. With any luck there will be a backlash at the TP's. Then the republicans and the democrats will put together a bill that pretty much ignores the TP's.

    The TP's have yet to figure out how much they have been used.

    February 23, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. MJ

    Face it – Democrats do not want to cut spending. That is what they do best. Spend, spend, spend. Bail, bail, bail. Just waiting for Obama to change the Ten Commandments.

    February 23, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have made it clear, that they will make their budget proposals impossible for democrats to support. The repubes have promised to shut down government. As for multi tasking, they cannot deal with the budget until their number one priority of repealing women's rights has been passed.

    February 23, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. inside job

    If the GOP did not give huge tax breaks to riches, we will not be having this discussion. They are loosers.

    February 23, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. AZ Dem

    Again this will be the perfect time for Obama to step in and foster a bipartisan deal..much like the tax breaks for the wealthy this will be unpopular with his base but it further adds to Obama's new found role as the adult in the room between Democrats and Republicans and if he continues in this manner it will make him even tougher to knock off in one wants a hyper partisan president from either side and Obama is looking more and more like the true centrist he is

    February 23, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Name Creole

    FIGHT DEM'S FIGHT!!!! For us PLEASE don't let the party of the RICH, NO and NO tear this country apart...........again Republicans you got what you ask and voted for NOT A THING HAAAAAAA Funny but sad. These repub-no party has got a whole lot more tricks in the bag everyday. More and more everyday it's playing out!!!!! Oh YEA WHERE ARE THE JOBS!!!!!!! BIG DUMMY!!!!!!!

    February 23, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Jean

    Good, let it shut down. Republican morons would be happy about that-idiots!

    February 23, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    OK Dems, Now who is causing the government to shut down? Too funny, you are all a bunch of idiots.

    February 23, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    IMHO if the Reps. were truly concerned about the deficit they would not have fought for the tax cuts for the wealthy.

    February 23, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    I am proud of the focus and progress made by Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans. Apparently if they are the only ones interested in getting the federal budget in control just when it is necessary. Now.

    February 23, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Sgt Schultz

    4 billion in cuts doesn't even amount to 1% of our debt. What a joke Republicans. Get real. We need to cut spending AND increase tax revenue. The days of giving away billions in special tax breaks to your drinking buddy Big $ lobbyists are over.
    Make everyone pay their fair share of taxes, stop the corrupt contracts for spare jet engines and other wasteful spending.
    Enough of the gimmicks already and work together to fix the mess you guys left Obama.

    February 23, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. MAC

    We will see the Liberal Media Bias on this issue with the republicans being blamed if the government shutsdown. It will be just as much the democrats and the president's fault as it is the republicans because the democrats have no intention of cutting back spending, they only want to raise taxes!

    February 23, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. John

    Democrats..........the party of no.

    February 23, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. duckbutter

    ah... thats what america needs.... not working together... just screw the people.... work together morons....

    February 23, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Albo58

    The Dimwits want a self-fulfilling prophesy of a government shutdown because the don't want to cut ANY spending! They are hopelessly addicted to frivilous social spending and they need help...calling Dr 2012, Dr 2012!

    February 23, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Add almost 1 trillion dollars to the deficit for tax cuts for the rich, but shut down the government over 4 billion?

    GOP logic? More proof the GOP only cares about the very rich.

    What about those JOBS Bawlin' Boehner?

    February 23, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Bill from GA

    Repugs allowed NO COMPROMISE on tax cuts for the rich last fall. Now they insist on spending cuts on programs they don't like. Will the dems ever show some strength (I'm being polite here) and stand up to them??

    February 23, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    Republicans can just shut it down. Just take a look at the mess they have created in Wisconsin! A repeat performance or encore!

    February 23, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Here's a proposal, how about our elected officials on Capitol Hill (President included) not get paid for everyday after October 1, they don't get a budget approved to run the government. Instead starting with the workers let's start with the decision makers. I wonder if that proposal can light a fire under their rumps. Let's remember, when your employees don't get paid it will trickle down to those in the private sector, because their businesses will ultimately be affected as well. When the bottom line in those businesses drop and they have to start laying off their employees then what have the lawmakers done to improve our economy. So again, how about let's dock Congress and President's pay everyday since October 1st we don't have an approved budget. Let's make this a law, that every year a budget has to be approved by 11:59 p.m. September 30, or else these lawmakers don't receive a paycheck.

    February 23, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. furious

    Republicans quit holding america hostage...if you don't get your way you are willing to hurt a lot of people

    February 23, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |