Boehner: Still no budget deal
April 7th, 2011
02:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner: Still no budget deal

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday afternoon that Democrats and Republicans have not yet reached a budget agreement. But "we continue to have productive conversations," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated that he and Boehner would return to the White House at 7 p.m. for additional talks.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • John Boehner
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  1. Concerned Voter

    Republicans would rather cut funding to vets than do their jobs. The GOP cares nothing about the people.

    April 7, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Ok, it is time to stop all these useless "updates" and start looking into how to shut down the government in the least destructive manner possible.

    That is the least you 535 paid representatives of the people can do, is to try and diminish the damage as much as possible.

    You might want to start by pulling our troops out of harm's way and back to a "safe" zone before we stop paying them on Saturday.

    Surely that is a more productive way to spend the next 24 hours instead of more arguing about shutting the government down..

    April 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    These clowns need a good caining, the President should do the honors.Tea Party, those idiots don't drink tea, they drink toilet water and it affects their thinking. How can home grown idiots like Rus and their kind become leaders? Becauce they know their are thousands of their kind who will buy their angry crap, try living in Haiti for a minute and you'll be happy to be here. My sons's a Marina and I can't believe his life is on the line to back these losers.

    April 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. kim chung

    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GOT PAID FOR BEING FURLOUGHED 15 YEARS AGO!!! The public seems to forget so quickly. It didn't affect their votes then. This is all scare tactics. Essential employees, like IRS WORKED while other federal employees didn't and ALL GOT PAID. Since the U.S. Treasury Dept. is the only REVENUE COLLECTING AGENCY in the govt. it stays!

    April 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Bill Chaffin

    April 7, 2011

    Dear Mr. Boehner and Mr. Reid, As one of the few American taxpayers paying all the bills, the idea of a shutdown of the government is the most refreshing accomplishment congress has been able achieve in in the last 40 to 50 years. It’s time the government feel and share in the pain we American taxpayers are feeling. The government is the one American institution that should bare most of the pain; after all, it is responsible for nearly all of the problems.
    Shut it down and turn the lights off!

    Bill C, Abingdon, Virginia

    April 7, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. CNN The Masters of Spin

    "Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
    It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees."
    If Social Security is good enough for the working Masses in this great country then it should be good enough for Gov employees! Simply because one is employed for the Gov doesn't give one carte blanche for Lifetime Retirement and Health Care on the backs of WE the taxpayer!
    Here is how our economic problems can be eliminated totally within a few hours in the same day......ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS.....GET A REAL JOB!

    April 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. RichP, easton, pa

    Shut it down and keep it down you fix the fraking budget, the state can take care of themselves, probably better since the feds have become our lord and masters.

    April 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. California Conservative

    Not doing anything about the budget and continuing the massive spending is as insane as the people not passing this budget. Democrats didn't do their job last year because they were afraid of the midterms. As for the abortion and ObamaCare items the ObamaCare bill had much MUCH more than just health care issues in it. Example was the student loans part.

    April 7, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Joyce Lavery RN,BSN

    Have we as Americans forgotten how we got into this financial and moral disaster? It was mostly Republican’s who loosened controls over banking and lending leading to unprecedented wealth for rich Americans and huge profits in healthcare and pharmaceuticals and declining resources and jobs for the rest of us.. I have been an RN for 44 years. Universal healthcare has been a solution long overdue in this country. It is way past time for America to have healthcare for all Americans.
    The need for war in Iraq was based on the inept leadership of the BUSH, CHENEY 8 year fiasco. Now funding for the environment, health care for all Americans, job creation and education, alternate fuel research, bias free Public TV and reproductive rights of women are only a few items in the budget that are about to be eliminated if Republican’s get their way all under the guise of cutting spending.
    WHERE IS AMERICA? This is the time to raise your VOICE and your VOTE. Support President Obama and Democrats who follow his lead. He has gotten us through the worst nightmare’s the Republicans have created and now won’t own ANY responsibility for. Let’s have the media fact check all the political garbage we are subjected to. Lets us see on the end of every evening news pictures of our war dead, their rank, age and where they are from. This is the real cost of war. Don’t allow REPUBLICANS TO CONTINUE THE DESTRCTION OF MIDDLE AMERICA! REMEMBER HOW WE GOT TO THIS PLACE AND ACT!

    April 7, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. terry,va

    Quit talking to the fools Boehner. It's Obummie's problem. Plain and simple.

    April 7, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The American People have had enough. This juvenile game of chicken must be stopped. This has become less of a budget war, and is exposing itself as an ideological war.

    April 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. V

    In regards to defunding Planned Parenthood:
    The abortion industry does not value all human beings to be equal since they allow defenseless human babies to be violently dismembered and killed during an abortion because they are unwanted. Therefore I do not want my tax dollars to be used to continue building surgical centers that will kill the children of America.

    April 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Truefax

    Boehner is being a dick... Does that make him Boner instead? Although he keep trying to instert things into a bill, that kinda makes him sound like Hillary. The only thing I know is what use are they if they can't keep their own doors open and pay thier soilders?

    April 7, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    How can the President have a "productive" conversation with the party of HELL NO!?!?!?
    The republicans only care about their paycheck (which they will get) and their rich friends getting richer so that they and the corporations they run will give them millions for campaining.
    The rethugs are against everything that doesn't smell like money. Poor women, children, education, environment. They are a bunch of . . . . . . . never mind, I can't really write what I am thinking about boner and his cronies right now!

    April 7, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Peggy - TX

    This is a sad and pathetic attempt to make the President look bad. This is being coordinated with Trumps Birther movement where he is waving hundred of dollars around to entice people to say lies about the Presidents birth.

    My money is on it backfiring, because this will simply bring attention to the situation and when the now disinterested Americans take a long and serous look at what is going on, what will they see: the Birthers are just nutty and the Tea Backers are scary, where as our President appears to be the only Adult and will I have no doupt that he will continue to maintain his integrity under scrutiny.

    Can’t blame this on the Pres, Mr. House Leader, but we all know you will try, as no one expects him to be your whip to get Dems in line. You are the ‘leader’ and now you are leading your party over the cliff.... Thanks.

    April 7, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    Boehner just be a good boy, you lost, just do what the President says.

    April 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. itsa

    This isn't about the Republicans wanting to cut debt or reducing the size of government. If it were, there would be willing to go after programs that less detrimentally effected the American people. There are plenty of programs out there. Why are they throwing the elderly, women, children, and the poor under the bus while increasing defense spending? Equally – why are they choosing, yet again to for go a massive income stream in the form of permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%? If you look at their history, both long and short term, when have the Republicans EVER reduced government or the nation's debt? They haven't.

    April 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. jr

    My Republican vote and money will no longer be supporting the GOP . Have they no shame I will no longer be blind by my hate for the Democrat party, Democrats now have my vote its obvious who is working hard for me and and my families future.

    April 7, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Heidireads

    People have no reason to just want to blame the Democrats No one thinks about the fact that both sides are not doing their job. The democrats seem to be scared of their own shadow. And the Republicans only want to work for the big money people. But I do blame the American people I have been an independent for many years. You weigh the pros and cons and make your decision on which you will vote for, but you have to take a look at the background of the individual you are thinking of voting for. When a Politian is running for office they will say almost anything to get there and sometimes do the opposite when they do get there. If as an American you don’t pay attention and just vote for who you like it might be the wrong person just look at Wisconsin the republicans talked about lowering the budget but they did not tell you how and I know that they have always been on the side of big companies and not the average worker. I know we take care of the poor and indigent but I don’t want to become one of them. I would rather all of our taxes be raised and everyone pay our fair share than take away the little the government does to help the poor. But as I said everyone pay their fair share not companies going through loop holes to escape paying what little taxes they do pay. We do have a spending problem but we also have a revenue problem! Next time pay attention to whom you are putting in office and we won’t be where we are now. And by the way most want to blame Obama but the republicans made this mess and he is just trying to fix it, and the only thing I can say is we were losing jobs when he was sworn in and now we are gaining jobs that to me seems like what he has been doing is working just give it a little more time. He has only been office for two years and it took eight for this mess to happen.

    April 7, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Soldier

    I can't believe some comments people make! "Non-essential should have been cut"? Read up on it before your comments people! Most your military and defense will be in non-essential status! And the one's in war zones will be risking their lives without getting paid to do it! Federal employees have a long reach and work so many hard hours to get their money cut! And the small guys think by hurting my small pay check that you are hurting those politicians? Get it right, I already probably earn less than any of you and not even in comparison to any senator! In how many ways is this government going to hurt the soldiers before they are replaced? Don't pay us, start new wars, and change all our touchy policies! Crushed Pride from a soldiers point of view!

    April 7, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Shane

    If the goverment shuts down, does the President have to file for unemployment?

    April 7, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Tammy McKinley

    You really want to know what your money is being spent on, go to the source of info. this site has all the contracts, who awarded to, for how much, when ordered. Includes contracts, grants, insurance, and more. Very interesting when you go through it an find out the DOD paid the Swiss 425 million for eggs and dairy foods. I know some American farmers that would love to get millions for their eggs.

    April 7, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Vicki

    think the House & Senate's (privledged & protected) paychecks should be removed from their special budget to the Budget now unresolved. The budget would have been passed last year. Also as Federal employees, without special protection, they should be fired for non-production like ANY other Federal employee! Maybe we should learn to walk like an EGYPTION!

    April 7, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. terdy, va

    Big gavel, small mind. John boy couldn't find his rear with two hands and a roadmap.
    The will of the people is "compromise" not 100% what Rethugs want. The people will have spoken again in 2012 when John and his boys are in the tiny minority again; remember Bonehead: elections have consequences. Since he obviously can't lead, is inept at following, he needs to get out of the way.

    April 7, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can't be too productive ... else Boehner wouldn't be wasting so much time primping for the media with his little camera updates. So, what's up, John-Boy? Just another political game for you to play out, or are you really serious about getting THIS budget done, and ready to go for 2012s budget ... you know the one. Paul Ryan spent many long hours in his efforts to screw our Seniors in this most recent attempt of his in deciding how best to dismantle Medicare and Social Security as it currently is, and thus give the fruits of his labor to Wall Street brokers to speculate with - similar to Oil Commodity speculations and Housing Market bundling. Going to have a REAL fight on your hands. Might want to stock up on hankies.

    April 7, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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