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
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  1. Dave

    President Obama cannot fix the budget when he adds $2 billion to the debt each year. Get real! And, this was supposed to be the "pay as you go" president. HA!

    April 5, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Ha Ha

    Hooray, our crappy government is going to shut down!!

    April 5, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Faisal

    Well I hope Boehner stands by his word.. “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."

    April 5, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. KPATL

    "No reason we can't fix the budget" Hey clown! You are the one who has spent our country into the toilet and you have the Nerve to criticize those trying to fix it? The hypocrisy and arrogance of this "so called" President is amazing! Cut entitlements ( across the board as a percentage, cut international foreign aid,...

    April 5, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. GOP-Tea Party IDIOTs

    Boehner "the tanning salon man" was probably peeing on his pants and crying....buhuhu!

    Let the govt SHUT's time for these do-nothing elected SOBs congressmen to take a paycut, stop getting govt. funded free healthcare and being paid our hard earned tax dollars for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!

    April 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Gwats, Denver, CO

    Lived 53 years. I have never met a Republican who ever consistently voted in the best interests of the American People, and I never will.

    April 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Sharon

    After 2 years of GETTING EVERYTHING YOU WANTED–Obama and Dirty Harry Reid are finally getting the message–AMERICANS ARE GLAD TO SEE CONGRESS STANDING UP AND STOPPING a President who wants TOTAL CONTROL! With the 2010 budget never really getting settled–as we enter into the 2011 budget–WE NEED A CONGRESS WHO WILL LISTEN AND KEEP THEIR WORD!



    IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE! Actions the past 2 years are no LONGER ACCEPTABLE FOR AMERICA!

    April 5, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Indiana Voter

    Democrats want a government shutdown, for political reasons only. Plain and simple. They are hoping and praying for a shutdown in the hopes that the American people are stupid enough to think it is solely the Republicans fault and vote for Democrats. Democrats have no accomplishments ,(that are popular), to run on so this is their last stand to try and make themselves out to be the victims, as usual. It is the same tired old liberal tactic. Hopefully, with the internet and talk radio around, the majority of America will see it for what it is. A political tactic and nothing more. The Democrats don't one iota for the people that will be off work when the government shuts down, so long as it helps them politically.

    April 5, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Too bad Boehner knows nothing but NO! when it comes to this president. But all the spending under Bush he passed right on through!

    April 5, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Sydney Australia

    Obama and the progressive dems are the sole reason there will not be real budget cuts. They only know how to spend.

    April 5, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Chuck

    You don't want to make a decision between two bad options? Two bad options?!?!? The american people make that decision every four years. Deal with it.

    April 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. joshua912003

    Its all smoke and mirrors. Maybe they should cut the congressman and the senators pay down to minimum wage with no benefits. That woud save a lot of money.

    April 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    It's mind-boggling trying to figure out why these elected officials continue to fail to what they were elected to do. And they wonder why the poll numbers show the vast majority of Americans hold them in disdain. Balance the damned Government checkbook...just like millions of us must do every month. Balance the books, determine how much is left over, then invest and spend it wisely. Spending it before you earn it???....Congress is a NSF Check and should pay the ulimate penalty...impeachment.

    April 5, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. demerious

    I am in the Army I have been serving my country for 5 years going overseas without a problem, doing my job. Now all of a sudden government employees like myself may not get paid. Last time I checked I suppose to get paid for the work I do, so when I get a les and it says "no pay due" that's when my work stop. Because my child still have to eat and my bills have to be paid.

    April 5, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. No Tea For Me

    Speaker Boehner needs to stop listening to the tea party and do his job.

    April 5, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Jussame

    Mr. claim that you cannot have an "it's my way or the highway mentality" but that is PRECISELY the way you have functioned since you took your Oath of Office. So, before you give that advice to others you should look at yourself in the mirror more often and pay closer attention to the words coming out of your mouth.

    April 5, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. RichColorado

    GOP as usual. Trying to push their political agenda on masses, as opposed to working on spending cuts. What I don't understand is that they want to cut medicare without a plan to reduce health care costs. By definition this will reduce the care that people get. So how do we reduce health care costs? Allow competition...but that was blocked!

    April 5, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Fundies

    I woudl prefer that we leave the Clash out of this.

    April 5, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. The King

    We could cut $100 billion out of the defense budget alone, with no negative impact on our security. The defense budget is little more than entitlements for the military industrial complex. SLASH IT!!

    April 5, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. nheckt

    This is a joke. This should have been done last year. Gut the budget and quit spending, Beeping Losers!!!

    April 5, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. FormerNavyDoc

    Sorry, but I agree with Obama. The whole, "My way or the highway," thing the Repubs are pulling stinks. They want to cut things like Medicare, things that you and I as taxpayers pay into above and beyond our income tax, but I don't hear any mention of cutting subsidies to businesses. Particularly businesses that really are not pushing to create more jobs.

    A lot of this is smoke and mirrors. The real issue at the end of the day is the economy is lagging. When GDP goes down, tax revenue will follow as a result. In the big picture, many of these companies are still making great profits. Maybe not record-breaking, but they are still turning GREAT profits. They're not hiring American workers or creating American jobs though.

    I really do think, as Americans, we need to get more realistic about some things. More reasonable about how we live, and our incomes. On the flip side of that, I think companies need to understand that making a profit..... period.... is GOOD. The idea of cancerous profit growth needs to be handled, because it's unsustainable.

    Responsible capitalism please.

    April 5, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Jerry

    The president should drop the political posturing. His house and senate declined to pass a budget, and allowed him to spend us to the brink of bankruptcy. Now is not the time to try to swing public opinion his way. To make matters worse, he submits a budget for next year with the same lame deficit spending. He is quickly painting himself into history as an empty suit.

    April 5, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. NC

    Republicans get away from the social issues, stop being so vindictive and do your job. 2012 can't come soon enough you will be the minority in Congress again.

    April 5, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Joe smith

    Boehner? Your really going to cause a government shutdown and not pay the men and woman who are over seas fighting for the country you do shit for? You need to stop worrying about the scaref and worry about the brave. Dod budget cuts should not be an option. Those whose want them are pansies who either have no family serving or were too scaref and selfish to serve at least one tour.

    April 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Stan

    Why are the House epublicans being blamed for this mess.
    It's the Democrats (Reid, Pelosi and yes even the President) who failed to enact a budget six months ago.
    There's been no back and forth. The House passed a budget. The Senate has not only not voted on it, they have completely ignored it like it doesn't exists.
    Maybe the Senate should vote up or down on the existing 2011 budget bill in front of them. If it fails, then its on the house to make a new one. Until then it's the Senate's fault we dont have a budget.

    April 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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