Shutdown compromise could be only temporary reprieve
February 28th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
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Shutdown compromise could be only temporary reprieve

Washington (CNN) - Though the House and Senate are expected to approve a short term bill this week that would avert a government shutdown until at least March 18, the compromise could be only a temporary reprieve in the battle over spending cuts. House GOP leaders Monday showed little willingness to give ground on a longer term deal to fund the government for the rest of the year.

House Republicans are taking a hard line that spending should be rolled back to the 2008 levels.

Illinois Republican Peter Roskam, the House Deputy Whip, argued that Senate Democrats' willingness to accept the two-week compromise signaled a movement toward the House Republican position. "You get to the '08 levels in seven months, You can do it. You just got to do it a billion at a time," Roskam said.

"If the Senate Democrats have demonstrated that they can finally come around and see their way for $4 billion in cuts in two weeks then surely we can continue on that pathway and the American public can gain confidence on where we are and where we're going," Roskam said.

But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor downplayed passing a series of short term bills, saying it's "certainly not our intention that that would be the best way to operate." At the same time Cantor pushed again for the Senate to take up the House-passed $61 billion in spending cuts, "I would say to Leader Reid, go ahead and allow our proposal to be brought up for a vote on the floor of the Senate. There's plenty of bipartisan support for many of the amendments."

Senate Democratic leaders have labeled the House GOP spending bill extreme and have rejected the proposed deep cuts. But in recent days, Reid and other Senate Democrats have signaled they are willing to accept some spending cuts below current levels.

Pressed about whether House Republicans could accept anything less than the spending cuts in the House bill passed last month, Cantor restated the Republican position, "We are where we are, and we are at '08 levels."

Cantor accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of failing to listen to fellow senators who support the spending levels in the House passed bill. "I would suggest that there would be a lot more people on Mr. Reid's side of the Capitol that would be supportive of returning to '08 levels than maybe he would like to believe."

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  1. Billy

    Looking at CNN, you'd never realize that the battle for the soul of the American worker is taking place right now in Wisconsin. Not one scrap of coverage. Pitiful.

    February 28, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Mark

    I don't believe The United States is out of money.
    The questions Americans must stand up and demand an answer to is WHERE THE HELL IS THE MONEY? And who's stealing it.
    But instead, we go on believing anything that's told to us. And wait patiently to see if Linsay Lohan is going to jail or not.

    February 28, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Democrats will suffer death by 1000 cuts if they don't "grow a pair."
    Republicans have made life difficult enough for what used to be the Middle Class.

    Make them stop.

    February 28, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Ted R., Mass.

    Americans across the country should show up at the next "secret" Bilderburger gathering, and camp out until we get some
    damn answers as to why they are allowing a new world order to manifests itself our backs,while we sleep. Sleep tight folks. While the Republicans rewind this country back to the 1930's. But who can bother with thinking? American Idol is on tonight. Right?

    February 28, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Toni

    Rep Cantor, why don't you name those Dem Senators who agree with you and for that matter try to name some of the Repub Reps that were happy with your cuts? Seems like a very short list!

    February 28, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. w l jones

    If spending level to go back to 208 whynot take back to 1929 where a famly of four only made two dollar and seventy five cent a week. Just be frank we cannot afford to cut Government spending to much now just ride with the punching untile world ecomony improve and only deny we cut back on government prime our economy.

    February 28, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Can someone pls explain to me how eliminating 700,000 jobs, and decreasing GDP by up to 2% for 2011 creates jobs?

    This is George Orwellian Republicorp run-amok!

    God help this nation!

    February 28, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. ghaupt1ccbc

    I don't understand how any of the possibilities or ideas on the table are long-term solutions at all. There seems to be a fundamental issue with the way this country has been run over the last decade that makes it economically unsustainable. Sure, if we go with the GOP and reduce spending levels to where they were in 2008, we can keep the country running for SOME time, but I feel like we're never going to dig ourselves out of this money pit until we make some major changes in what we spend money on and how we spend it.

    Likewise, a government shut down might help up temporarily, but eventually we're going to need to get the government running again, and if we don't change the way we use our money, we're going to find ourselves right in the same hole again. The United States needs to prioritize how much money it spends and where it spends it. At this rate, we're not going to be able to be the protective father of the world for long. People need to stop thinking about what the U.S. SHOULD do internationally and internally and starting thinking about we can AFFORD to do.

    February 28, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |