Senate rejects two proposals to avert forced spending cuts
February 28th, 2013
03:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Senate rejects two proposals to avert forced spending cuts

(CNN) - Two partisan-backed bills to avert the forced federal spending cuts failed as expected in the Senate on Thursday afternoon. Procedural votes on the plans fell short of the 60 votes required for either to move forward.

The Senate is now expected to adjourn for the weekend without a deal to avert the cuts, known in Washington as the sequester. The cuts are set to take effect Friday unless Congress and the President reach a deal.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. critical thinking

    Hey Harry, clown move Bro, clown move.

    February 28, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    All part of the GOP/Teatrolls' plan to keep the ecnoomy in shambles while Obama's in office. Just wait for the March 27, 2012 deadline for funding the gov't. We'll be right back to watching the manufactured crisis hostage-taking game the GOP/Teatrolls have decided to play instead of governing.

    February 28, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    meh, typo...should have read March 27, 2013, obviously

    February 28, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Come on Congress. We are more concerned about puppies than THIS??? Man, I need their jobs. I'm working from the time I get to my office until I leave and hard. They get paid big bucks and do absolutely nothing.

    February 28, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Ind.

    The senate (and Harry Reid) are the real obstructionists in this government these days.

    February 28, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Ind.

    Everyone remember that the senate IS part of congress.

    Congress = The House AND Senate.

    February 28, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. REGinAZ

    Republicans versus Democrats, “conservative” versus “liberal”, spending versus cutting, are any of those really the issues that greatly impact the majority? The deficit and government spending are serious problems requiring our attention but in reality they simply are not what caused our drastic problems, yet there are those who want us to concentrate there at the cost of ignoring everything else ... why? The Koch brothers initiated, funded and directed the Tea Party movement, like with the manipulation of the “conservative” Christian and the Swift-boat propaganda, because it totally benefited them. Adelson gave $20M and then $10M to support candidates because, as he said, he wanted more favoritism for Israel, and what he didn’t say, because he wanted favorable tax policy so he could bring his billions from foreign casinos into the USA. The SuperPacs spend mega-millions trying to influence our elections to gain favorable permissive policies and less taxes for the very few. No where in any of that is there any real concern for the majority or any conscience for what did cause our major problems.

    What caused our problems, in every case, was not spending or the deficit but rather run-away greed, gross dishonesty and aggressive self-indulgence allowed by permissive policies (“puppet” politicians), condoning and encouraging exploitation by the privileged few, resulting in crises in savings-and-loans, banks, dot.coms, the investment, mortgage and financial industries, as well as corporate corruption (like Enron) and industrywide failures that necessitated costly government intervention ... always with the few walking away with substantial gains, while leaving the significant losses to the majority. There are those who seek to ignore all of that and to actually return to “more of the same”, which simply can only result in “more of the same”, by conning the people and manipulating the country, with hype and propaganda, to focus only on the spending and deficit issues. Should the people be swayed into accepting a concentration only on cutting the deficit and government spending, then the few will have really accomplished facilitating the continuation of “more of the same” ... their real intended self-serving benefit.

    Comparing the Democrats and the Republicans, with an objective and rational evaluation and with emotional loyalties checked, it is obvious that the Democrats really lack the same strong control, like from Norquist and others, an equally aggressive organization, like with Cheney, Rove and others, the strict unity, with individual consciences suppressed, and the volume of mega-million dollar contributors, all with their strong strings attached. Does that mean the Democrats are without problems ... of course not. A third political party of “moderates”, representing the majority, the middle-class could be attractive ... but with our needing to choose from what we have, it is obvious that the Republicans have become owned and controlled by “the money” and now work aggressively to represent only the few while, with the power, influence and mega-bucks of “the money”, they just concentrate to con the people and manipulate public opinion. The Tea Partiers are wrong, not so much in what they want, but completely in their priorities and in just being “pawns” for the benefit of the few.

    February 28, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Donna

    So useless Harry Reid brings up bills that he knows won't pass, just to say he did something. Democrats simply don't know how to govern. It is nothing but a Clown Show of incompetents and do-nothings.

    February 28, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Wilson

    Hmmm, who are the "obstructionists?"

    February 28, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Can anyone please tell me what has the 113th House passed to address the sequester cuts? Nothing that I'm aware of. Before you reply, make sure that you understand that anything passed by the 112th House that was pending in the Senate is now null and void. Please proceed. Thanks.

    February 28, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    Well its time out for the congress, dont see no cutting yet. Obama is out for a short time, an hes trying not to hurt he poor people an their jobs,

    February 28, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    critical thinking wrote:

    Hey Harry, clown move Bro, clown move.
    He allowed a vote on Sen. McConnell's bill. This one calls it a "clown move." Good call.

    February 28, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Bill-FL

    This might be obvious to some of you, the solution we use in my house to get out of debt – stop spending and charging on the credit cards. Get on a budget, review expenses, pay existing debt, Do not incur any new debt, put aside a specific amount for a rainy day fund, and cut spending on areas not required



    Too simple?

    February 28, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Bill-FL

    Sorry, typing on phone keyboard.

    Was suppose to put, "dum-mer than dirt."

    February 28, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Is this where I'm supposed to get all hot and bothered because nothing gets done? You know, I'm going to have to give the switch and bait a pass. As long as there are TeaPers living in GOPerville ... I will always have very, very low expectations.

    I expect the House majority will be voted out in 2016, and we can then as a nation accomplish something beyond playground temper tantrums.

    If not, it'll just be more of the same.

    Whatever 2016

    February 28, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    Can anyone please tell me what has the 113th House passed to address the sequester cuts? Nothing that I'm aware of. Before you reply, make sure that you understand that anything passed by the 112th House that was pending in the Senate is now null and void. Please proceed. Thanks.

    So the House wasted their time TWICE and sent the useless Democrat Senate bills that they refused to vote on and now you want to fault the House for not wasting their time again this year?

    You are the one that has been harping about bills originating in the House and when they did their job and the Democrat controlled Senate refused to vote on them, you again blame them. You are pretty pathetic.

    February 28, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Ind.

    Democrats must be very happy about raising taxes on everyone at the beginning of the year including the middle class and this on top of the Obamacare middle class taxes.


    February 28, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. don in albuquerque

    @Donna–If you have not noticed (and I am certain from reading your posts for days now, you have not) neither side works. Not the Dems and not the Repubs. We have seen for a few years now that the Supreme Joke does not work either. The Senate, the House, and the Judicial are all crowed into that little clown car and it is filled with Dems, Repubs, and TeePary sceaming meme's. Sure the President is part of this vehicle, but he did not vote for the Sequester (you will however find Boehner and Cantor did) the President cannot cast a vote in the house or the senate. Sitting back and sniping at one side, individual, or the other is like teaching a pig to sing. It wastes your time and irritates the pig.

    February 28, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. rs

    Please note Reid's bill garnered 51 votes. In a normal Senate vote that means "passed". In a Senate where Republicans filibuster everything, or demand a "super majority" that "means dod not pass". Meanwhile McConnell's bill doesn't get warm.
    I remember when Republicans were the adults in the roo,. How times change.

    February 28, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Blanks

    Harry Reid is such a low life. He never does anything for the good of the country. It’s always some superficial maneuver to curry favor with the White House and avoid doing anything for the greater good.

    February 28, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Ricardo martinez

    Republican, the taliban of our economic!!

    February 28, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. me

    not unexpected from the democrats I was kinda surprised they actually voted this time. I have zero respect for the democrat so called leadership. Also zero respect for thoose of you with your cute little teabparty names You show the mental equaliant of an eight year old Your parents must be sooo very proud

    February 28, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. rs

    Well, it is clear the GOP is doing nothing about their little "sequester" problem. They briefly floated the idea of giving the President the ability to do the cuts as he wished instead of the Sequester's across the board method, but then realized they were essentially ceding spending AND budgeting power to the Executive and backed up from that quickly. No, the GOP definitely is signaling it will go down with the ship in this case.
    I hope the majority of Americans recognise the threat the GOP has become with their hyper-obstructionist behavior. They simply now are the enemy within working to forment as much chaos and economic damage to our nation as they can before they disolve altogether. They will disolve. They essentially have an active Civil War burning within their ranks which it now appears they cannot survive.
    Governor Jindal correctly advised them to "stop being the stupid party". As everyone knows, you can't FIX stupid.

    February 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    Join the William Shatner Federation of Planets today, and get rid of both sides of the aisle. We can be governed by Vulcan.

    February 28, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |