Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight
September 20th, 2011
07:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's not sure a potential government shutdown at the end of the month can be avoided because of a stand-off between the House and Senate over how much to spend on disaster relief.

"I heard reports that Sen. (Senate Republican Leader Mitch) McConnell said there will be no shutdown," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. "I'm not that sure. I'm not that sure because the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has been so unreasonable in the past. I don't know why they should suddenly be reasonable."


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  1. rs

    The GOP/TP being obstructionists- thats news!

    September 20, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    The Tea Party has a VETO over every aspect of government now... They just threaten shutdown if things dont conform to some extreme right-wing interpretation of fiscal conservatism. I see them waving the 'Dont tread on me' flags, but I dont think they understand what that means. The government has different branches for a reason – to keep balance. When one party pr one branch holds a veto over everyone else, our founding fathers roll over in their graves.

    September 20, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. James

    I vote for shutting down the EPA–At least FEMA try's to do something good. Can't say that for the EPA–

    September 20, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Here we go again – another SHUTDOWN to let us know that the RepubliCAN'Ts won't compromise!!! Same old story but only a month or two later.... It's OLD and BORING now!!

    September 20, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    We know that is not the whole story, now don't we?

    September 20, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Terry C

    FEMA needs trimming. Putting responsible taxpayers on the hook to rebuild 2nd homes built on the sand dunes of the Atlantic coast where no one should build is criminal, just as a personal "mandate" for health insurance forces all of us to pay for irresponsible eaters, drinkers and smokers is wrong. And then there is the "Buffett" tax to hit those who are successful to subsidize the failures of our country. We need more personal responsibility on all fronts.

    September 21, 2011 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  7. The Lone Okie

    They might as well shut it down, they are not doing anything, but naming post offices in Guam. Don't cut farm aid, don't tax municipal bonds, don' tax the lobbyist, don't pass a budget what is the GOP plan? Where are the job creators? They got everything they wanted.

    September 21, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  8. J.V.hodgson

    I have great idea for Republicans regarding FEMA spending cuts.
    1) Those Republican governors and State Senates controlled by Republicans can opt out of FEMA. So Bachman, Perry, Ron Paul etc can take on the reponsibility for these completely unpredictable risks at state tax levels. ( Saves zero money in reality.)
    2) Asking any federal government Republican or Democrat not to help with disaster funding relief is a joke especially when we give billions to Haiti ,Pakistan and other disaster relief areas without a requirement to cut domestic budgets somewhere. Did I somewhere read that " charity begins at home" my dear religious, christian, Republican friends? OOPs sorry for being a Democratic christian who'd take overseas aid money first to help recent flood victims, and Texas Perry fire problems and not ask anyone other than the nation as a whole to cover the cost of reasonable recovery..
    Not a single uncivil word uttered here but really cuts to the quick, does it not.?
    The Reid and Mcconnel utterances are beyond belief and they wonder why we think they are not doing thier job? if that were not so sad it would be hilarious.

    September 21, 2011 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Do the teapublikans realize that the more they kick the middle class the more they will out of a job come 2012?
    No, I guess not!

    September 21, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. Anonymous

    You know what – stop with this! Just put forth the bills and if the House votes against it, at least everyone is on the record so the people that have been devestated by tornadoes, floods, fires and hurricanes can see what these people are all about. Just do it and stop talking about it.

    September 21, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |