Reid backs debt agreement, pending caucus agreement
July 31st, 2011
05:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Reid backs debt agreement, pending caucus agreement

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said in a statement issued Sunday that he signed off on a debt ceiling agreement reached with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, pending approval from his Senate Democratic caucus.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Harry Reid • Senate
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. John in Brooklyn

    When we look back at the death of Social Security, we will easily be able to point to this day, the fanatics of the Tea Party, and the Democrats who chose to humor them. And, the American people will hold ALL of them accountable.

    July 31, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. CBR

    Just another story which could be history by tonight.

    People seem to feel that this whole budget problem is a joke and that nothing will happen if the parties do not come to some agreement. People have very short memories if they believe that people will still receive their checks from the government. I would hope that members of Congress would not be paid or receive any of their privileges.

    Instead of urging a solution people are laying blame and taking political stances. Folks, there is more than enough blame to go around. The failure of Congress to work for the public good is just the beginning. The President has not done everything exactly right either but let's not make him the heavy for the failure of our elected officials to to do their jobs.

    July 31, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    It would be nice, if the Dems (aka the welfare party), stopped trying to support people, and actually took positive action to allow people to support themselves!

    We have been waiting 3 yrs. for the Dems to take any action on jobs........and we are still waiting.......because the Dems think all they have to do, is sit back and wait for business to do something..........and all business is doing, is sending jobs off shore.

    July 31, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. didi

    democrats, be strong. It is a big drama by GOP and Tea Party thugs. We are closely watching. Just vote for Direct democratic ticket in 2012, folks, if you care for America, not corporate thugs...good luck...Obama be strong, please...

    July 31, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Ed

    Mr. Reid do you remember this for our great leader from 2006.

    March 2006
    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a
    sign of leadership failure.... It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay
    its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance
    from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. …
    Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here’ Instead, Washington is shifting the
    burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
    America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I
    therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
    -Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill

    July 31, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    If you think THIS is bad - elect a republican president and leave the tea-baggers in office. THEN it will ALL be gone (gotta protect those "job creators").

    Looks like unemployment will go even higher - this is a job-killing bill forced by the republicans. At least the seniors and the military will get paid for what they are doing and what they've already paid into the system.

    July 31, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. diridi

    be strong democrats, GOP thugs play drama....o.k, Obama2012...

    July 31, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    In this Ticker, he agrees, and in the next Ticker, he signs onto the debt ceiling deal – What the heck is the difference between both stories???

    July 31, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    is this going to be another one of those deals where the Republicans get practically all they wanted and the Democrats get NOTHING?? That's the way it's been lately and if that is the case what the heck did it take so long to get this for. So far I have heard about cuts, cuts, cuts, but nothing about the shared sacrafice Obama has preached about since day one of this debate. Or is it like Sen Lindsey Graham mentioned about victory for the Republicans because if that is all this is going to be it shows me the GOP was only doing this to win and hand Obama a loss, caring not what we the people wanted when a majority polled wanted shared sacrafice, closing corporate loopholes, increased revenue on the upper 2%. If what Sentaor Graham said is true then the American people once again have been duped.

    July 31, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |