Competing budget proposals fail in the Senate
March 9th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Competing budget proposals fail in the Senate

Washington (CNN) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated a House GOP bill that would cut $61 billion in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.

A competing Democratic proposal, which would have made much smaller cuts of about $6 billion also failed, spurring a new round of negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders.

Filed under: Budget • Senate
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  1. grrace

    HA! GOP budget is to kill jobs and investment. Their MISSION is to kill jobs and the economy, so they can blame Obama. They are a sick and twisted religious zealot cult group. THEY ARE IN A CULT and should be immediately removed from CONGRESS.

    March 9, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Cut defense spending and keep your hands off of Social Security.

    March 9, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. diridi

    GOP idiots messed, now they talk of cutting they color obamacare, there is no obamacare, it is Americancare....idiots, plain "American-care" is constitutional...when you impose mandate on car insurance, it is a law.....I am a law grad, have masters in not talk rubbish....o.k,.. cut medicaid, and medicare, social security....nonsense....wake up, and protest this animal like behavior from GOP thugs, house....god bless....

    March 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    More Democrat fiscal incompetence. First they fail to pass a budget for this year now they fail to find almost anything to cut during hardtimes. I guess saving Harry Reid's cowboy poetry festival in Nevada is more important than saving the country from fiscal COLLAPSE?! 2012 can't get her fast enough. These people MUST GO in order to save this country.

    March 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. BostonDan

    So, a report comes out that defines a huge number of overlapping government agencies and programs. Huge amounts of money being wasted because of this duplication of efforts and documented barriers to program effectiveness due to the same overlap and duplication.
    Yet, no agreement on how to reduce government spending.
    How about everyone get behind this: Since it seems nobody can make a hard choice over what organization survivies when many are doing the same thing, let's make it attractive. Every person who loses their job due to the elimination of duplication gets paid their full amount until they retire. Then, go on whatever retirement program they have, but still no goverment job (see following). No increases, though, and if they get another source of income ( job, inheritance, lottery wiinning, anything), their government paycheck stops. Couple of conditions: No other source of income from any government entity, direct or otherwise, ever. No consulting, no job at any government level, and can't be employed by any organization that derives more than 5% of it's income from any government source . Can't even visit thier old government office ever again.
    This takes the "Oh no, we'd be putting people out of work" excuse to bed. This puts the "where will the government worker ever get another job" excuse to bed (I suspect few will have any qualifications for the private sector).
    We'd save untold gazillions in office, real estate, travel, and expenses. And, after a generation, we'd be free of the burden of paying many government people for the same task.
    What does everyone say???

    March 9, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Oy Vey Az

    Hey ... All the money for the budget has already been printed. If we didn't spend it all on the current budget the cost in wasted ink could break the bank. … Maybe we could find cheaper ink?

    March 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. lind

    Group Grope! Republican Big Talkers! Just get jobs like you said was your first agenda? Repugs,if you dont get jobs going pretty soon, you have,nt got a Chance in 2012! All Talk!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Business as usual.

    March 9, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. A Real American

    End the wars, get rid of the cap on SS witholding, raise taxes to Clinton-era levels and tax capital gains as income. Slap a large tax on financial speculation. Problem solved. That wasn't so hard was it?

    March 9, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. one voice

    The CROOKED GOP propose a budget cutting bill they know the PRO MIDDLE CLASS Democrats would vote NO on. Typical STALL TACTICS BY THE PRO MEGA RICH GREEDY GOP. The GOP would rather stand on the sidelines and throw stones than do ANYTHING for the people that really need help. Who ruined the economy and put US in a huge budget deficit, THE GOP thats who!!!

    March 9, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. one voice

    The PRO MIDDLE CLASS DEMOCRATS have MEGA proof showing the GOP don't give a damn about the AVERAGE AMERICAN and should be a landslide to all upcoming election from here on out, 2012, 2014,2016...............

    March 9, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    The idiot dems had a chance to make a stand last fall by refusing tax cuts the USA can not afford. Now the low-life repugs have them over the barrel.

    Maybe we should cut the budget. Let's balance it by next year. Let the repug voters see what 1.5 trillion less government spending means. They might agree to raise taxes to a sustainable level. Probably not, though. Fox Propaganda Network would somehow blame Pres. Obama (why can't the tech-illiterates at CNN fix their spell-check on our president's name??) and the dems, and the rest of the gutless press would try to present 'both sides'.

    March 9, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. annie s

    The Republican budget plan would kill 700,000 jobs and de-fund programs that train people for the workplace. Every economist agrees it would slow our economic recovery. Do we need some drastic measures? Yes, once our economy is robust again, let's put everything on the table....starting with those tax cuts to the rich, incentives to the oil companies, tax loopholes for foreign businesses and American businesses with overseas locations, and our bloated military. Oh, but wait, Republicans only like to cut things that hurt the middle class and the poor.

    March 9, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. DP

    Relieved that perhaps American women will have access to affordable reproductive health services like cancer screening, breast exams, HIV and STI testing, and contraception – which is what the tax dollars actually go to – particularly since the GOP blocked healthcare reform, and the current system SUCKS. Buzzwords and dogma are frightening enough ... but the GOP is demonstrating outright misogyny and demagoguery (... their attempt to categorize rape into "forcible rape" and, WHAT? the regular kind? oh and their defense of fetuses while simultaneously cutting funds for Women Infants Children WIC to name some examples) ... will not end here. 'Symbolic' or not, the House vote keeps me awake at night.

    March 9, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    BostonDan: The President addressed the issue of redundant and non-productive government agencies being put to their final rest along with their respective personnel. You're spot on with your suggestion of shutting them down; and they have the report to make their jobs easier, you'd think they'd jump all over that one.
    Your suggestion that they remain on the gov't payroll if their job were to be eliminated is rather generous. I'd agree to a nice 'exit' package, and their full pension instead. Whether or not they found eventual employment with another government agency would not bother me, even if they were there long enough to 'double dip' and collect another government pension from their new position. At least the agencies left standing would have justification for their existence.

    March 9, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    "Cut defense spending and keep your hands off of Social Security."

    I agree. However, I doubt the GOPers are willing to touch defense spending, one way or another. They're going to need every defense penny they can get their hands on to fund the next wars on their agenda: Iran, N. Korea, and Libya come to mind. GOPers are already starting the media war against Muslims. It only needs a GOPer President (preferably in 2012) before their war time agenda is complete. Bush proved how easy it is to mislead the public into thinking war has become the new National Security norm necessary to relieve a fearful public of its anxieties against those not *like* themselves.

    March 9, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. a6102658

    DemoCommunists: If you really followed politics, you will know that the Reps wouldn't allow them to pass the budget last December, that was the genius plan of the Reps, so they could now play politics and try to hang it around the Dems necks, but guess waht? the Dems don't want to play...and they are going to have to make tough decisions that will hurt them politically, that is why hey are screaming for Obama to get involved, but he does not want to play either.

    March 9, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. a6102658

    If the Reps want to Cut 61 billions dollars, they will have to cut where it hurts and that will cost them votes, Dems are happy to see them go with that plan.

    March 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I doubt the GOPers are willing to touch defense spending, one way or another"

    Indeed they are not. It dovetails too nicely with their plan to use demagoguery against muslims as part of their 2012 election acmpaigns...again...

    March 9, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. maf

    Can you say GRIDLOCK!!!! GObP will not play nice and nothing will get done for two long years.
    Must be embarrassing to be a Republican these days!

    March 9, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    How do you fight a deficit & cut taxes for the wealthy at the same time ?

    March 9, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |