Senate Republicans block Reid bill
July 31st, 2011
01:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Senate Republicans block Reid bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans on Sunday blocked a Democratic effort to end debate and move to a vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's debt ceiling proposal, extending consideration of the measure as negotiations continue on a deal to raise the federal debt limit and cut spending.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Harry Reid • Republicans • Senate
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  1. rs

    Here's the deal gang. Make a deal and get it done. Me, for my part? I'll promise to never, ever vote for any Republican ever again.

    July 31, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Enough!!! Raise the debt ceiling and do it one sentence...You can fight the budget again or get working on jobs. Easy as pie.

    July 31, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. RandyIA

    Do people realize that if government had reached out so far into business regulation, entitlement programs, and pieces of everyday people's lives, this would be a complete non-issue. Slowly backing government down, to what is was supposed to be is the only long term solution there is to this problem. The more government is allowed to grow and invade our lives more, the more likely it is, that this will happen over and over and over again. You can only tax so much, once that is done default or benefit reduction is the only way to go. Why do we have to get to begin taxing to the extremes, before the other is considered possible.

    July 31, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. dd

    Of course they did...even if it was good they would vote no...been doing so since 2008 and got really bad after 2010! silly men and women think the american people are dumb. we are Not!!!

    July 31, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    The American people need to make note of the specific Republican senators who are playing with our economy AND are up for re-election in 2012:

    Scott Brown, MA
    John Barrasso, WY
    Bob Corker, TN
    John Ensign, NV
    Orrin Hatch, UT
    Kay Bailey Hutchinson, TX
    Jon Kyl, AZ
    Richard Lugar, IN
    Olympia Snowe, ME
    Roger Wicker, MS

    Keep them accountable!

    July 31, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Dianne, IL

    I missed out on contacting my congressmen. Shame on me. But I want them to know that I am angry that they are using my family's financial security for their political agendas. I see the extreme right as the culprits here. I am an Independent who has been leaning toward the Democrats based solely on the behaviors I have observed for the past few years. We are already damged by this fiasco whether a deal is made or not. But I pray a deal is made and that from here on out, reasonable people start speaking up and voting for other reasonable people.

    July 31, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Discernment


    . . . (1.) . . . but to all those seniors who bought into Tea Party hype and their hypocritical concern for seniors and Social Security;
    . . . (2.) . . . and to all those seniors who depend on Medicare to offset the high cost of healthcare, ye seniors voted for Tea Party Republicans;
    . . . (3.) . . . and to all those veterans who bought into Tea Party Republican hypocrisy about how the Tea Party cares about your suffering in Iraq & Afghanistan, but the Tea Party only concern is to their corporate lobbyist and protecting millionaires, while veterans fight and risk their lives for no pay.


    July 31, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. BobRoss

    11 Democrats already voted against this bill in the House. Reid knew that it had no chance

    July 31, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Jazzbo

    How do Senate Republicans "block" a bill when they are in the minority?

    July 31, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. tim

    I and I am sure the majority of Americans have had it with this political nonsense. Millions of people wait and wonder if their life savings which have been invested in the businesses of our country will be wiped out. We wonder if these horrible economic times will get exponentially worse due to sharp rises in interest rates and by slipping back into an official recession while the incommpetents we have elected strut around with their massive egos in tow and give no thought at all to the citizens of this country but rather play a political game of chicken. They all need to be tried and convicted for sedition if this impasse is not resolved. Perhaps it is time for the people to truely speak by what ever means necessary. At the very least term limits for these arrogant selfish people are in order. Throw the bums out start recall drives take back our country and restore some pragmatism in government.

    July 31, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Anne

    My vote is that the CONGRESS be the LAST entity paid until they get a balanced, verifiable and accountable approach to the debt problem

    July 31, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. New Age Independant

    I have to agree with another post I saw yesterday. The Democrats have simply been following what the Republicans do, and are not willing to step up to the plate and do what is best for the country. Far outspending revenues is hardly a responsible way to manage a budget. Ultra left liberals want you to believe that the govt can continue to tax without end. They dont want to talk about the current tax breakdown however, where over half of taxes are already paid by the top 5% of earners. That's Democrat logic at it's best. And they still don't think they pay their fair share?

    The facts are in, over the past three years, things have only gotten worse. Democrats have no plan to fill gaps other than raise taxes. Their fraudulent stimulus has been a massive disaster and their health plan, which most Americans never wanted int he first place, is junk. There are more California businesses that have been granted waivers in Pelosi's home district than in any other district combined! Obviously Democrats don't believe in this plan any more than the rest of us. Only the foolish that want everything handed to them opt for it. Sad and pathetic, that's what this administration has become. We seriously need new leadership in Washington.

    July 31, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. STEVE

    This proves when the supreme court basicly gave corprations the same rights as a person, Now we know "WHO" now runs Congress & the Senate. There vote truely shows in favor of the Top" 2% and the The Dem. Senate still have "NO" backbone.It's time far some real BIG Changes.I tired of seeing this Political Greed to please corporations for there money so they can keep there seats ( Dem. & Rep.) they will Screw the Majority of the pepole of this Country. That ruling must be overturned and Corporate Lobylist ( A legal term for Bribery) must come to an end.Lets face it the corporations are looking only for one thing PROFIT.They never have cared how they make it.

    July 31, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Yeah right

    The need for one party to "be the winner" in this debt ceiling war is rediculous. I blame Boner solely as he was the first to break off negotiations with Obama and start working independantly with his own party. Now its party vs party instead of a bipartisan deal. Regardless of how things were going with the president, it was pure idocy to think Republicans alone would solve this when Democrats have control of the senate. For that, I think Boner is unqualified to lead because anyone with a half a brain would know he was wasting time.

    July 31, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. 4merRepubCT

    More obstructionism from the Terrorist Party.

    July 31, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |