April 6th, 2011
04:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Government shutdown: How it came to this

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The fiscal year is 188 days old, and the federal government is still operating without a long-term spending bill. And now, if lawmakers can't cut a deal, the government will shutdown.

Usually, lawmakers make some effort to pass a real, 365-day budget. Not this year.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Two words. Tea Party.

    April 6, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Susan M.Newell

    If the Republicans say the U is broke, how can they give tax breaks to millionaires like themselves?

    April 6, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    "Wow. The democrats failed to pass a budget for 2011."

    I'm going to go out on a limb here - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong - but didn't the GOPers propose to fillibuster (once again) anything that President Obama proposed BEFORE the 2010 election was held ... in an attempt to strengthen THEIR base of supporters. In which case, they failed miserably, as this is now on THEIR watch, and yet, they aren't even able to come to an agreement within their own Party, let alone with President Obama or the Democrats in Congress.

    April 6, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Susan M.Newell

    If the Republicans say the United States are broke, how can they give tax breaks to millionaires like themselves?

    April 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    How did it come to this? One HUGE reason, Speaker BONEHEAD, oops l mean Speaker BUMMER, oops l meant Speaker Boehner. He is living proof that you can't fix stupid. The guy is a loser what were we thinking!

    April 6, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Steve Jackson

    Republicans are holding the shut down over the people's heads as ransom Why didn't they do something about the spending years ago they are the ones that got the spending out of control

    April 6, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. The Tea Party is the Tyranny of the Minority

    Hey America, how's it feel that 20 per cent of the country can crash our economy?

    April 6, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. jim

    shut it down??? ....

    no, burn it down.

    April 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. kenneth Hauck

    The gop/tea party want a deal but want it their way only with no real input from the Dem oh what is the speaker talking the president out camping the all start the wine had a dinner to make money

    April 6, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    [Government shutdown: How it came to this?]
    2010 promises made for government to cease and desist
    Spending money and cut $100 billion with no COMPROMISE!!
    Do it – says TP – or Repubs suffer deaply the demise!!

    Trust me – the Democrats do not want the government down
    All of the programs they’re for will collapse to the ground
    The TP already stated that it has to be ALL or NONE
    And they will lose NOTHING if the shutdown is done!!

    Can’t blame it on the ALCOHOL
    Blame it on CONGRESS who’s about to fall!!!

    April 6, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Charles Kelly

    I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

    April 6, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. The Situation

    DemoCommunists for a Better Way – Steal the Wealth, Bankrupt America, Blame the "rich" (people who work)

    Government shutdown: How it came to this
    October, 2010 thru January 2011:
    Democrats control the House, the Senate and the Whitehouse. They fail to pass a budget prior to the November election because they are afraid of the American people finding out they are spending $1.6 TRILLION MORE THAN THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS IN TAXES, adding huge amounts to the national debt.

    November 2010: American people vote record numbers of Democrats OUT OF OFFICE for their insane spending and healthcare debacle. The American people had enough of the Democrats

    January-March, 2011: The Republicans try to get spending under control and cleanup the Democrats mess before the country has to declare bankruptcy

    Beginning and end of story.

    I thought the mess 1st started with the Repubs! Also, the Repubs goal is to make Obama fail from now to the election next year. If I was the Repubs they better remember what happen in 1995 and 1996 when they pulled this stunt in that election year, Clinton was given a 2nd term!

    April 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. BeanerECMO

    The dems refused to present and pass a budget before the 2010 elections where they had both houses. Their millstone.

    April 6, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |