Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal
April 5th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal

Washington (CNN) - Top White House and congressional negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday on a budget to cover the remainder of the current fiscal year, bringing the federal government closer to a shutdown at the end of the week.

Key Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to keep the government running for one more week at the cost of an additional $12 billion in cuts. Republicans, meanwhile, dismissed Democrats' insistence that there had been an agreement to cut $33 billion for the rest of the fiscal year.


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama • White House
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Oldman

    Political posturing, what's new. They are all full of them selves and need to get there act together and work for the people.

    April 5, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Geoff

    “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the white house to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options."

    Much like we have between 2 parties who cannot put their own petty squabbling to the side to run a government. If at my job I told my management and customers, "I am sorry, I am not going to work cause I do not believe that we are spending money the way I want to spend it", I would get fired within a day, yet here we are, giving our hard earned (for the most of us) money to elected officials who cannot be help but fail at even doing the basic portions of their job.

    April 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Everyone needs to pay their fair share of taxes including the rich

    April 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. max

    Hey repubs – you were elected , according to your own words, to fix the governments budget issues. do so and stop trying to fit idealogy around other issues into the negotiation. ironically, from a purely economic perspective, planned parenthood very likely saves the government money.

    April 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Sherri

    Well then fix it genius. Obama can always point out the obvious (let it be spoken, let it be done) but he has no clue on the steps to accomplishment. He is the worst president since Carter (and I thought Bush II was bad).

    April 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Pumkin President

    Now that he's seeking re-election he'll start acting like the man he SHOULD have been a few years ago.

    April 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    They can work it out. They're stuck on figuring out how to make themselves come out of this looking like the winner. The solution is figuring out how to include making the other guy look like the winner, too.

    Hey Fellas! Can you hear me now?

    April 5, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. cancer

    Shut it down....It will make both parties look like the fools they are. Oh excuse me and the so-called Tea party jerks also. Shut it down and then you can have the people protesting in Washington. Goood....

    April 5, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. ArtInChicago

    Republicans are cutting things down ideological lines, but I do agree with the amount to cut. If we are going to turn this economy around, not have commodities like oil hedge against the dollar, etc., we need to make meaningful dollar amount cuts...and raise taxes.

    April 5, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. chris

    good luck people.

    April 5, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. dan

    HA HA HA HA RIGHT!! His only goal is to destory the US. He doesn't care are a budget or anything else. Just look at his ObamaCare. rates are already super high. For what??? Illegals!!! Great move.

    April 5, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. ABM

    I made my donation to the President's re-election campaign today. As a level-headed Republican I am sure the GOP does not have the maturity or leadership skills for the White House. They have wasted the last 2 years blocking and obstructing our President's work then lie about it to the media (who do not put them in check).

    April 5, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Bobby

    Will it ever be possible to fix our budget? How about we leave some money in the US instead of sending it everywhere else! What we are owed by all of these other nations is equivalent to our current deficit!

    April 5, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. sam

    Charity begins at home! Cut the salaries of our federal officials they are just talking with non sense they should be shame at what they say to the people who have elected them to serve! Don't look at the political race as who's who we all have to work eat live and continue to fill the gas tank on our cars! It looks bad to see them all in a disagree status

    April 5, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Phil

    Great orator. Expect no results

    April 5, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    Seems it is already too late, if the GOP keeps THIS promise about holding House bill open for 72 hours before a vote.

    Of course, the House GOP also promised to work on jobs, but to date we have just heard about abortions, PBS and NPR being stripped of all funds but nothing about JOBS.

    Oh wait, there was those tax cuts for the rich that added almost a trillion to the deficit, that was all about jobs...

    April 5, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Fuyko

    Sure we can fix the budget. Stop giving money to foreign governments. We supply money to so many countries. Stop. Budget problem solved. You don't even need to tangle with the republicans. Oh, and also stop foreign useless wars. More money.

    April 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Christopher

    2012 can't come soon enough so we can finally remove this ridiculous obstructionist named Obozo.

    April 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Rev Mkell,

    Why don't the GOP and the Tea Party make it illegal for Dem.'s to vote? Isn't that what there after?

    April 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Jim Summers

    I trust boehner to work in our best interests -ha! He would cheat his own mother to make him and his friends richer.

    April 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. David

    Honestly i do feel if we don't get a budget passed it will be due to the republicans. Not that democrats will be completly blameless but some of the cuts repubicans have planned are crazy yet they dont want to even touch the defense budget which is grossly overfunded. Also god forbid we do anything that will hurt their billionaire buddies.

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. sara

    I am so proud of the Dems and the Prez. They have tried repeatedly to meet these people half way. They cannot sit in that chamber and expect their ALL of their wants and "weems" be met! They appear to want to throw the slow growing economy back to the "brinks" after 2 years of trying to pull it back after their 8 years of spending sprees. Don't give them another Nothing!

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Alan. Polen

    Why did president Obama wait so long to enter the discussions.

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Bob Dobbs

    No reason it can't be fixed, but it won't be. Simple answer: The leaders in our govt with the pull to get others behind them don't have the guts to do the right thing. Same reason they don't teach you about how money is created and other important financal matters in school. They will tell you about taking out a loan for your worthless education though.

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Dave

    Good for you Obama. Force Reid and Boehner to do their job. This is absolute nonsense. These one or two week stop gap bills that trim 10-12 million from the federal budget are crap. Both sides need to do their job they were elected for and come to a strange word in Washington: COMPROMISE. This means both sides need to listen to the American people and not to MoveOn or Tea Party or any other goofy left wing/right wing nuts that have 60,000 members and pretend that they can sway the policy of millions of voters.

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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