Boehner's challenge may be tougher than Biden's
March 4th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
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Boehner's challenge may be tougher than Biden's

Washington (CNN) - While Vice President Joe Biden leads negotiations to avoid the next threat of a government shutdown in a Senate conference room, talks on the other side of the Capitol between House Speaker John Boehner and GOP colleagues could be tougher and decide the final deal.

Biden sat down Thursday with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to try hammering out a deal to fund the government and cut spending. A two-week continuing resolution to fund the government that passed this week runs out March 18. The vice president said after the meeting that talks will continue.


Filed under: Budget • Joe Biden • John Boehner
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    So exactly where are all the cuts that the Democrats want to make? They are MIA in this whole thing. They seemed to have no trouble spending borrowed money like drunken sailors on meth. When it comes time to acting RESPONSIBILY in hard times, WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP? Do the Democrats in the Senate and Whitehouse even know what that is?? Apparently NOT!

    March 4, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boner lacks leadership qualities, but has a great golf game and plays the 19th hole with perfection. In his two months of congressional leadership he has brought several anti-abortion bills and a health reform repeal to vote on. He must have ADD, because his focus on creating jobs was short lived. Fortunately President Obama is still working for all Americans.

    March 4, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Kara

    What happened to the bomb getting dropped on his marital infidelities.......sweep under the rug I guess....Repub Conservative values>>>>okaaaaay

    March 4, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Steve in North Carolina

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Obama is working for all Americans??? Are you kidding me??? He has been MIA on these issues (except of course to give brief statements supporting the Wisconsin Unions, while Wisconsin goes bankrupt). The last election shows that a lot of people do not think Obama is working for all Americans. But if you are really from S.F. as you imply in your moniker, I can see why you make the statements you do!

    March 4, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Bill NY

    More drama from the lying, crying man. He is part of a conspiracy that is promoting the concept that the standard of living in the US is too high(except for him and his very rich benefactors). The goal is to first bust the unions, then once that is accomplished do away with the minimum wage and any benefits for workers in the public and private sectors. Hey after all this is America and we should have the right to pay our workers one or two dollars a day like the rest of the world. The good ole USA, one giant company store!

    March 4, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Steve in North Carolina: I have been to parts of your state where the only cable news is Fox, so I forgive you your stupid remark. On the first of April, President Obama gave 95% of workers a tax cut. You would have to work to know that. Please fact check, and don't take Beck and Limbaugh seriously, as they cater to the fragile. As an aside, S.F. indicates Southwest Florida, just like N.C. stands for neocon.

    March 4, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Boner lacks leadership qualities...
    I'll assume this is your crass nickname for Speaker of The House John Boehner. But since he has taken a leadership role in congress, budgets have been cut and unemployment is coming down. That's what we sent him there for. This is leadership with results that we have not seen in 2 years.

    March 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    I am very glad to hear that Ohio freshmen House Speaker John Boehner bring the unemployment rate down in two months

    If he cries unemployment will go down. He would cry in G.W.Bush presidency then we won’t be in this mess

    March 4, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. carrotroot

    I think the Media is grossly exaggerating influence of the Tea Party Republican Freshmen. They may try to raise hell, but their party leaders are moderates who can *without hesitation* strip them of their committee-ships in order to compel them to vote with the majority of the party.

    March 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. B

    You could start with the Pentagon and huge Military spending that is not needed anymore. Refighting in Afghanistan after leaving to start another War that we didn’t need, Building more Nuclear armed Submarines, More Aircraft Carriers, Billion dollar apiece B2 bombers, Triple redundant fighters, troops in every country that we had a previous conflict in for the last 60 years, Black projects that congress doesn’t even know about! 30 THOUSAND people died in Mexico last year after drug kings bought weapons HERE in the US fighting over drug sales to people in THIS country! Are we spending money to stop that?

    What do we do? Cut teachers, food programs for the poor, aid to vets who fought for this country,fire fighters, nurses, Cops, oversight of food and drugs, environmental hazard controls, ect, ect.

    This country and the Congress have priorities totally Screwed- up and nobody is asking the right questions or getting the right answers.

    March 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    This is great entertainment. The TP's won't compromise one inch from a position that will never pass the Senate. The only way to get anything passed will be a with the democrats and the non-TP portion of the GOP. Then the TP's will go ballistic and threaten to eat their own. Look for a long string of continuing resolutions and some amusing Ticker articles.

    March 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. S Clark

    Four and The Door
    If you honestly think "unemployment is coming down" is the result of policies and procedures that have been in place for less than three or four months then your even more stupid that most of your comments reveal!

    March 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Democrats can't agree to cut any more than a paltry $10 billion??? What a complete JOKE they are. SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN until they get serious. Only the unproductive and non-contributing government dependents will be upset. Who cares. The future of this country is at stake.

    March 4, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |