March 15th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
12 years ago

BREAKING: House passes measure to keep government running

Washington (CNN)–The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a measure to extend government spending for three more weeks until April 8. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration before the current spending authorization expires on Friday. On March 1, just six House Republicans voted against the first resolution to keep government running, but 54 Republicans voted against the measure passed by the House on Tuesday.

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  1. GW

    It's not that complicated-cut spending if it doesn't impact the recovery and jobs, increase taxes on the very, very rich at least by a few percentage points, close many of the tax loopholes that you could drive a truck through, invest in education, training, and research as well as infrastructure, cut the military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Japan, and move on. The government isn't broke, politicians with little common sense and great egos with some kind of wacko ideology are making fools of themselves, and the public is losing patience. Knock it off!

    March 15, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. AreWeTherYet

    Great. Another 3 weeks of limbo. This country's credibility in the international community is a bad joke. We are the first to charge into another country, and we can't even run ours responsibly. As a federal employee, I was honestly hoping they'd shut it down until they got their act together. I guess they don't have to... they'll just keep extending... and extending.... until we hit or pass the debt ceiling in what, a month now? Then what? It's really sad to see the irresponsibility and incompetence in the Kingdom (DC) cloud people's judgement so badly they cling to party lines instead of having reasoned, professional, mature discourse on a topic so critical to the nation.

    March 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Speaker Boehner is showing America that Washington politics can be functional while still cutting the cost of running the Federal Government. This is good for everyone except the special interest groups who have been freeloading off of the American taxpayer.

    March 15, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    This is the last extension spending addicts. Cut government spending or the government WILL be shut down until you get the message and stop spending this country into oblivion.

    I just love hearing the Democrats whine about the "mean-spirited Republicans" that want to cut spending! What about YOUR mean-spirited piling of endless debt on our children and grandchildren?? Isn't THAT TRULY MEAN SPIRTED???

    March 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Great. Another 3 weeks of bickering. Gotta love House leadership under Boehner. Wishy-washy comes to mind.

    March 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Seriously?

    These clowns are not going to accomplish anything at this rate. Just pass the damn budget! Everyone has to give up something, and get to the business of creating jobs and putting this Country back on the right track. ARE THESE MORONS EVER GOING TO GET IT?

    We are struggling out here. We're unemployed, hungry, scared and most of all PISSED at the way the idiots in Washington play their stupid games with the lives of the common man/woman. I think every person currently serving in the House and Senate should be kicked out and we should start over. This political gaming is getting old and you ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!!!

    March 15, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Marcus

    DemoCommunists for a Better Way – Bankruptcy
    Don't need to yell, we all know how warped is your perception of reality.
    As for the question at hand, back in '94/95 this ticker did NOT exist so there's no way for us all to compare how the supporters of the shutdown back then explained their points of view in a sane (yet hollow) way.
    But we all know the consequences of their 'We are going to get him with this!' move...
    Thanks for ensuring a second term for Obama.

    March 15, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. furious

    the problem is that everyone is putting their own agenda above the country, they should be looking at the big picture which is the debt ceiling and the 2012 budget. all tis time spent on the 2011 budget is getting rather boring. So the republican tea party wishes to show how strong they are by not budging and asking for deep cuts that will not only hurt the government but it will also hurt the middle class and lower class. HAY tea party answer one question? if the republicans party is truely there for you why did the not cut the taxes for the rich? and why now are they taking the very programs that were put in place to help you? Why your new tea party members settle in to being in the higher class and using you as there scape goat, you are dumb enough to believe that by becoming poor and allowing the rich to become richer you will be helping america......please give me a break

    March 15, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Mikey

    @GW – you hit the nail on the head.
    @Four – Boehner is only showing how incompetent he truly is. Perhaps he should just stay on the golf cours and work on his tan. Oh, and don't bet on the President being defeated in 2012, unless you really want to lose some money.
    @Demo – So, you're in favor of plans that even conservative analysts say will cost 400,000+ jobs? I thought jobs were the #1 priority. Actions speak louder than words, and the GOP has done virtually NOTHING since the election to create jobs – mostly they have made a bunch of meaningless gestures to gratify their socially conservative base, most of whom show over and over that they know next to nothing about economics.

    March 15, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota


    Dear Lynda/Minnesota,
    You posted the following...

    Go ahead and shut it down, GOPers . . . if you dare. This in-fighting every other week is getting ridiculous, and accomplishes nothing constuctive. Pretty much sums up the Republican Party . . . full on bluster, short on solutions.

    Where is the accountability for your beloved Dems, who had control of both the Congress and Presidency, yet failed to produce a budget before end of year? Seems the Dems were the "short on solutions" gang when it comes to the facts at hand.

    @Vegas01 . . . Ask your beloved Boehner . . . who couldn't seem to get past his HELL NO mantra for two years running. BTW: I'm all for compromise between BOTH parties.

    March 15, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |

    I do not believe, not one bit, the sincerity of the politicians about budget cuts. Corporate tax breaks, tax breaks for the super rich,
    the farmers, yes, subsidies for the farmers need a re-look, There's an ocean of cut out there to be made. Yet they want to grand stand and show how big they are by cutting education. Leave education the hell along, Leave the freaking Teachers out of it!!
    Americans need all the education it can get so we can stop sending you fools to Washington to show you stupidity! Teachers are the heroes of this society, I respect them unconditionally and I believe they and the Police should be some of the better paid members of this society; Day in and day out they, scuffle with the worse this country has to offer and trying to save a few from becoming the worst. These bad a$$, spoil, skank kids that " I'm a Mom" can't handle so they grow into monsters shooting up our schools, our homes their "Mommies". Enough to make me sick. LEAVE THE TECHERS AND POLICE ALONG!!!!
    Oh BTW, They're coming for you too disguise in sheep clothing.

    March 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. vet in texas

    Here is how you really see who is where:

    have both sides go through the defense budget and come up with 150 billion in cuts, compare the 2 lists and cut all the duplications.........I'll doubt there will be any because you'll know who has been stealing for the past 11 years. Then once you cut from defense, repeal all tax breaks for those making over $500K, and lower the SSI tax from 6.2% to 4.2% for all with no limits, that will ensure SS solvency, and add apply that to the debt. Once that is done, then we can go after the cuts to social entitlements that make everyone cringe. The thing that makes this all impossible, is that every 2 years someone is going to want to get re-elected basically sealing the deal that nothing will happen because they care more about getting elected, than improving the country.

    March 15, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    This is ridiculous. if I couldn't balance the budget on my job by the deadline, I would be fired. These are career politicians that don't really represent the people, have no ethics or morals and all a bunch of morons. Doesn't matter if they are Republicans and Democrats. The PEOPLE should revolt against the governement just like the Middle East. Then maybe they would get something done.

    March 15, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. furious

    @DemoCommunits, The problem with the debt did not happen overnight, i would say that maybe you need a little education in government. The bush era programs and failures did not kick in until 1 to 2 years after he was out of office, well his last year he really did nothing. So you think the republicans can get the debt under control? not by just looking at 12%. I really believe that if knowledge is power then the republican party has suffered a major BlackOut. Hurt the country to go after your person attack on the pathetic

    March 15, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Roan

    What a joke. There is no leadership at the top. Obama is inept – Carter 2.

    March 15, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. furious

    @I am Disgusted...Then what? do you have a solution? it is so easy to talk from the outside and if you could not balance a budget on a deadline, then what soulation would a revolt solve?

    March 15, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "So, you're in favor of plans that even conservative analysts say will cost 400,000+ jobs? I thought jobs were the #1 priority. "

    Indeed they are: it's just that the GOP actually wants to destroy them. The more jobs lost and the worse the economy gets, the more they have an agitated, angry, fearful, resentful and, ultimately, MALLEABLE public psyche to play with in preparation for 2012. Allowing things to be solved and resolved, or even remain the same for that matter, is unacceptable to many of them. They want complete and utter destruction and chaos to lay at the feet of what they view as the most dangerous thing they've ever seen in their lifetime...a dark-skinned liberal POTUS. No no no...they need desperately in their souls to create the self-fulfilling prophecy of "See? We told you so? Look what happens when you let THEM have control...especially a dark one!!!" The reality is, they're terrified of the idea that people are starting to catch on that we're not actually collectively's just that someone squeezed the giant wealth water balloon and all the water bulged out one side while the rest of us are going thirsty, including the government. Wealth redistribution is supposed to go one way and one way only in their minds...from us to them and from dark to light. It's an awful, unpalatable truth that's become very difficult to point out even with the overwhelming facts supporting it, because even though it's a minority screaming nonsense like "they just claim racism to shut us down with PC reverse racism," the media pretends that everything's equally legitimate and deserves equal air and voice, no matter how small the minority virulently and mindlessly repeating the baseless talking points on behalf of corporate America and the ultra-wealthy. So yes...the GOP is extremely concerned about jobs...attenuating their existence and forcing us to accept the same ones for less being their highest priorities.

    March 15, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Paul

    It's called widespread corruption. All the politicians are being paid by special interest groups to not raise taxes, impose regulations on certain industries (health care, insurance, etc.).

    So they stall, and try to cut the 15 % of the budget not tied to medicare, medicaid, and the military. Basically, they cut money from the people who can't bribe them.

    March 15, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. furious

    @Gaylon Barrow,

    Read a book, bush was in office for eight years,so if congress sets the budget the president approves the budget you not only need a brain scan you need a education in politics.So if the president approves the budget then he is responsible.

    March 15, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Paul

    By the way ... the story of corruption goes by another name. It's called, "I've got a house and two kids in college"

    March 15, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "I just love hearing the Democrats whine about the "mean-spirited Republicans" that want to cut spending! What about YOUR mean-spirited piling of endless debt on our children and grandchildren?? Isn't THAT TRULY MEAN SPIRTED???"

    Newsflash for astroturf talking point puppets: the middle-class isn't pling anything on's having more and more taken away from it while IT, THE MIDDLE-CLASS, PAYS for the rich to get tax cuts and deductions THEY DO NOT NEED and that have over the past several decades SHIFTED THE WEALTH AND ASSETS OF THIS COUNTRY INTO THEIR HANDS while actually shrinking the middle-class we worked so hard as a society to create and are so proud to trot out in a thong as our crowning achievement whenever it's politically convenient during a stump speach. The only ones to blame for the deficit, the debt and any affect it has on our children and grandchildren are the people paying BILLIONS of the money they withheld, horded and consolidated on the backs of the middle-class to prevent themselves from having to make an equitable contribution to the successful maintenance of our government, our society and our future generations. Don't lay this at the feet of teachers, constructions workers, plumbers, electricians, secretaries, etc., and their struggling families. It belongs shoved up the collective a$$ of the rich and giant corporations who are doing everything they can to kill the American dream in the name of profit and personal wealth. Greed ain't good. Ayn Rand was a retard. And Ronny Rayguns was a dupe. Amen.

    March 15, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. furious

    @Gaylon Barrow,

    congress does not have the power to pass any budget without the presidents approval...are you really that stupid?

    March 15, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    .. So you think the republicans can get the debt under control? not by just looking at 12%.
    ... and the Democratic Party answer is to just keep growing the government and spend spend spend?!?! Really?
    It has only been 5 months since the November elections and already the economy and unemployment picture is improving. The Republicans are on the job and making good things happen.

    March 15, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    @Four and The Door
    Just several days ago – CAN'Tor and his sidekicks Boehner, et al., was stating that they were NOT going to stand for more extensions and go all the way.....................Hmm, NOT!!

    These "dribs and drabs" are a GAME
    As BOTH sides try to GAIN...
    Political Points and it's a SHAME
    We suffer while they seek FAME

    @GW – Right On!

    March 15, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "We must make sacrifices and that includes the Congress plus that worthless "

    And you told someone else they need to get well, Gaylon? "His people"? Seriously? I rest my case with respect to unpalatable truths that have become too difficult to talk about rationally because of the false equivalancies pumped into our societal discourse by the "news" media.

    March 15, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |