Shutdown averted, probably: Dems praise GOP’s temporary budget to keep government funded

posted at 7:20 pm on February 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

Thank goodness. The crisis had reached the point where even travel agents were starting to panic.

The GOP’s latest proposal – a two-week spending bill with $4 billion in cuts – was designed to be hard for Democrats to resist because it is full of cuts they had already supported. For instance, the Republicans’ plan included $1.24 billion in cuts proposed by President Obama in his 2012 budget and about $2.7 billion in cuts to earmarks that both parties have already renounced…

“We are encouraged to hear that Republicans are abandoning their demands for extreme measures like cuts to border security, cancer research and food safety inspectors and instead moving closer to Democrats’ position that we should cut government spending in a smart, responsible way that targets waste and excess while keeping our economy growing,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman Jon Summers said in a statement Friday.

In fact, Democrats argued, the GOP’s new plan is just “a modified version” of what they have been proposing all along.

“The plan Republicans are floating today sounds like a modified version of what Democrats were talking about. We’re glad they think it’s a good idea, but we should keep our focus on what we need to do to cut spending and keep our economy growing in the long-term. If we need a little more time to agree on a responsible path forward, we should pass a short-term CR for no longer than the next month,” Summers stated.

Wait, didn’t the same Jon Summers call the GOP’s $4 billion proposal “extreme” and a “non-starter” just 48 hours ago? Why, he did! But that was before Boehner unveiled his strategy to build that $4 billion out of cuts suggested by Obama himself. That’s why Democrats now feel compelled to not only praise the measure but to try to take credit for it — before they inevitably begin arguing that $4 billion is itself far too “draconian” to be acceptable.

And so there you have it. The great unmaking of America, which wouldn’t have affected most essential services (including Social Security payments) and which might have ended up strengthening the GOP’s hand, has been averted. For the full list of individual proposed cuts, see Andrew Stiles at the Corner.

Update:? The House Appropriations Committee website has a more detailed description of the proposed cuts.


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This isn’t really what I had in mind when I went into the voting booth last November.

pugwriter on February 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

$4 billion?

And they only have to do this 20+ times more to get to $100 billion in cuts which will mean absolutely nothing!

Those GOP boys sure are clever aren’t they? /

sharrukin on February 25, 2011 at 7:28 PM

For some totally inexplicable reason, whenever I think of the GOP the phrase “spineless crapweasels” comes to mind. Strange.

OhioCoastie on February 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

If the dimocraps can praise it. It does not cut deep enough.

Stop talking about the cuts in billion, start talking about the cuts in percentages.

Slowburn on February 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

OMG. To see those words Reid spoke and to know what they’ve actually done over the past 4 years… I feel like throwing up.

Tuari on February 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Dems praise GOP’s temporary budget to keep government funded

That’s all I need to read to know that this deal isn’t a good thing.

miConsevative on February 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM

What happens on the 18th?

BKeyser on February 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Kabuki. Everyone gets a turn at the mike. Now, let’s go get a drink together.

a capella on February 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Am I the only one who feels bamboozled?

mizflame98 on February 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

It’s a trap. Never trust a Democrat.

Knucklehead on February 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM

So what happens two weeks later?

Mark1971 on February 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM

So what the hell do the $cons expect? It was the $cons who failed in November. You gave the forces of cut and burn only one chamber of congress. The other one, if you didn’t notice, isn’t yours. The system of Nov 1st didn’t change a bit on Nov 2nd. You gave your troops half a gun to fight with and now tell them you are gonna gobsmack them around because they can’t shoot straight.

I’m all for less taxes, a helluva lot less spending, kicking all kinds of whole departments of Uncle Sugar’s to the curb. You all THINK it is possible right-frakkin-now and that is that.

Do us all a favor. Work harder next time and save us all the finger pointing comedy.

Limerick on February 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

As Dr. K asks: “Are we a serious people?”
I think we are seeing the answer.

d1carter on February 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Am I the only one who feels bamboozled?

mizflame98 on February 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

You like the movies and theater, don’t you?

a capella on February 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I’ll bet those brave, wonderful squish-cons have put off the utter collapse of our economy by, oh, hell, three days or so?

Yes, elections have consequences. For those who believed the lies of the “fiscal conservatives,” that is.

A massive overhaul/downgrading of the powers and perks of Congress might save us, if combined with a replacement of all 535 of these pathetic, pampered losers.

If, of course, we’re still around to see it happen, and not too busy foraging for food and hunting for cardboard boxes to live in.

MrScribbler on February 25, 2011 at 7:38 PM

When will the Republicans ever learn? Even when they win, they lose. The Democrats could care less about the election results last November. They know they can out maneuver the Republicans every time.

Someone with some back bone first needs to remind the populace that the reason we’re at this juncture is because a Democrat controlled House, Senate and White House failed to get a budget in place for Fiscal Year 2011. They’re still kicking the can down the road. Pretty soon, this budget will be “extended” up until Sep 30th – a day before the 2012 budget is due.

Talk about dereliction of duty. Man up Republicans. Quit worrying about getting re-elected and start making the decisions the voters want you to make. If the government shuts down, so be it.

And, I’ll let you in on a little secret, the Federal workers won’t miss a paycheck if there is a shut down. They will either have a slight delay in getting it or they’ll use some of their massive amounts of annual leave or sick leave until the “crisis” is over.

iamsaved on February 25, 2011 at 7:42 PM

You like the movies and theater, don’t you?

a capella on February 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Not particularly.

mizflame98 on February 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

HAAAA!!!
…….HAAAAA!!!

So Reid goes from “this bill is too extreme and a non-stater in the Senate”….

…………to

……………...”Hey…this was our idea all along” in just a matter of days...

To dam# funny.
You have to be an absolute idiot to be a democrat.

Baxter Greene on February 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The crisis had reached the point where even travel agents were starting to panic.

The one bad thing about shutting down the government is that passports and visas can’t be issued, so yeah, travel agents, airlines, and people who have to travel for business or pleasure just might feel a bit panicky.

Buy Danish on February 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

What a waste of time.

JavelinaBomb on February 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

We’re going to cut $100 billion.

no you’re not

We’re going to cut $86 billion!

no you’re not

We’re going to cut $4 billion!

Let’s go for drinks

pedestrian on February 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

This is a real WTF moment.

Tim_CA on February 25, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Oh groovy. $4B in cuts. What’s that .00001% of the budget?

Once again Reid/Pelosi/Obama eat the GOP’s lunch.

angryed on February 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

and instead moving closer to Democrats’ position that we should cut government spending in a smart, responsible way

Was I supposed to hear hysterical laughing in the background as I read this? Because I did…and I’m all alone in the house tonight.

Bishop on February 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

The one bad thing about shutting down the government is that passports and visas can’t be issued, so yeah, travel agents, airlines, and people who have to travel for business or pleasure just might feel a bit panicky.

Buy Danish on February 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Most of that stuff has already been privatized.

Knucklehead on February 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

So I can tell my daughter that she doesn’t owe $10,000 when she hits the workforce. She only owes $9,997. I think she will be happy.

Electrongod on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM

The only people talking about a gov shutdown, are the dems.
The only people not growing a spine, are the repubs.

I don’t know who has a worse addiction, Charlie Sheen or Congress.

Kini on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM

The one bad thing about shutting down the government is that passports and visas can’t be issued, so yeah, travel agents, airlines, and people who have to travel for business or pleasure just might feel a bit panicky.

Buy Danish on February 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

So we went from “don’t shut the govt down because govt employees won’t get paychecks and old people won’t get SS checks” to “don’t shut it down because nobody will be ale to go to Cancun for spring break without a passport”.

If this is where the debate is, we will never cut a damn thing since there will always be some group somewhere that will be adversely affected.

Seriously if we can’t inconvenience travel agents, who can we inconvenience? I mean shit, travel agents?!?? All 455 of them left? This is so effing pathetic.

angryed on February 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I don’t know who has a worse addiction, Charlie Sheen or Congress.
Kini on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM

At least Charlie Sheen pays to get screwed by someone.

We pay Congress so they can screw us.

Bishop on February 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

So I can tell my daughter that she doesn’t owe $10,000 when she hits the workforce. She only owes $9,997. I think she will be happy.

Electrongod on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM

It’s actually more like it went from $23,000 per person to $22,999.99998 per person.

But who’s counting?

angryed on February 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I told y’all that this GOP was a bunch of gutless emasculated eunuchs.

They’d never shut down the government! LOL!

Hey – ya know what’s a worse nightmare than realizing that one of the two major parties is a die-hard SOCIALIST party?

Coming to the realization that the OTHER party is too stupid and too scared to do anything about it.

HondaV65 on February 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM

But who’s counting?

angryed on February 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

You’re probably right. I was looking at an old website.

Electrongod on February 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

That’s why Democrats now feel compelled to not only praise the measure but to try to take credit for it — before they inevitably begin arguing that $4 billion is itself far too “draconian” to be acceptable.

Hey Allah – don’t you get a bit tired trying to play the GOP’s ever weak position into something with testosterone?

I mean seriously … the real story here is not the Dims crying about cuts – it’s the fact that the GOP has retreated so far off the $100B cuts mark that it’s pathetic.

And yeah – I realize that $4B in cuts is just the deal to get the Dims to fund the government for two weeks … and more cuts should be coming – but I’ll bet you we won’t get $100B in cuts – which were promised to us and we won’t get $66B either.

We’ll get a lot less.

HondaV65 on February 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

What? The government was going to get shut down? I’ll get back to you, American Idol is coming on.

Vince on February 25, 2011 at 8:16 PM

“The Rs are starving old people, women, children and puppies” –Nancy Pelosi

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM

The problem is messaging, The R’s suck at messaging. The average citizen out there doesn’t even know there is no budget for the Fiscal Year that began 5 months ago. The subject is a bit complex to explain to the average, not plugged in dolt that votes every 2 and 4 years what is going on. And even more complex to explain the split government in the Congress, the 60 vote filibuster rule, etc. Remember, the average dolt out there was educated by union public school teachers who have a vested interest in keeping the average dolt completely ignorant on Government 101.

Seriously, knowing that the main stream press influences 80% of the average public school educated dolt out there and they are 99% against anything that runs counter to hard core progressive values, do you seriously expect the current R’s in the House to be carrying a winning hand here?

Until we get the Senate and until we get the WH too, we have to just try to get through this process until we can get a serious budget together for the next FY. That is the Fiscal Year where we need to see cuts of several HUNDRED BILLION dollars and we have several months out there to try to get the message out. We haven’t had enough time since this new congress convened to do that for this current Fiscal Year.

AND on top of that, we have the debt ceiling PR war to worry about. The R’s are going to get crucified on this issue from both sides. Tragic.

No one gives a damn about Country First anymore. We have to hope we keep this minimally together until Jan 2013 when we can go into full damage control and turn around mode.

karenhasfreedom on February 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

4 billion? that’s a good days work!

1,500 billion Øbama annual deficit / 365 days = 4.1 billion per day needed to balance the budget (per AP a few days ago).

Let’s get real, GOP- we need serious, huge numbers asap!

2ipa on February 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

These people will never go to the mat for us. Never.

They are a traumatized party — wholly unequal to their time and challenge.

Nothing will change unless and until we install a fearless warrior in the White House who can whip these curs into usefulness.

rrpjr on February 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

How many YEARS have I been telling you all…

The GOP will betray you

True_King on February 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

So we play kick the can every two weeks until the GOP gets their butts in a sling for not keeping their promises. Big deal.

Rovin on February 25, 2011 at 8:29 PM

angryed on February 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Um, it’s not just about the travel agents! It’s inconvenient for Americans who have travel plans for business or pleasure. And it hurts the airlines, which hurts the economy. It may sound like a great idea to shut down the government, but there are consequences and they may not necessarily work in our favor.

Buy Danish on February 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM

A bunch of whiners are on tonight.
The repubs have forced the democrats from talking about the world ending to them trying to take credit for this and you guys whine.
All I had hoped for was the democrat insanity to stop and it did. Driving away from the cliff won’t happen until Obama is out or we take the senate too.

GardenGnome on February 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

The repubs have forced the democrats from talking about the world ending to them trying to take credit for this and you guys whine.
All I had hoped for was the democrat insanity to stop and it did. Driving away from the cliff won’t happen until Obama is out or we take the senate too.

GardenGnome on February 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

They were overspending by $1,645 billion and the Brave Sir Robin’s of the GOP have forced them to overspend by only $1,580 billion. No actual reduction, just slightly less of an increase.

What a victory!

sharrukin on February 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

No-balls GOP.

SilentWatcher on February 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

If you accepted the $100B reduction, what is wrong with the $4B for 2 weeks? If the GOP doesn’t back down, it’s still on target. This is just mop up for the lack of Dem’s failing to do their job last year. Harder job is ahead. Now is not the time to desert the house GOP. After all if Dems accept $4B for 2 weeks, then it makes the GOP’s case stronger for the balance.

Oleta on February 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

This is a giant leap for mankind or something. /s

FloatingRock on February 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Oleta on February 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

You make far too much sense!

Buy Danish on February 25, 2011 at 9:13 PM

NOW CUT SOME MORE! A LOT MORE!

GarandFan on February 25, 2011 at 9:40 PM

It’s a start. They avoid the gov’t shutdown and cut $4B, yet the sword of Damocles is held back for only 2 weeks. Let the debate continue.

Steve Z on February 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM

It should have been $4 Billion PER DAY!!!

landlines on February 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM

They were overspending by $1,645 billion and the Brave Sir Robin’s of the GOP have forced them to overspend by only $1,580 billion. No actual reduction, just slightly less of an increase.

What a victory!

sharrukin on February 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

It seems I made a small math error:

The Cuts should have been:

$1645 Billion/365 Days = 4.5 Billion PER DAY, or $63 Billion for 2 weeks!!

If the Republicans had any guts, they would have inserted additional automatic across-the-board cuts into the “continuing resolution” which escalate each day until a comprehensive budget bill is passed.

There are enough Republican governors now so that we could get a few seats declared vacant and replace them with Republicans if the Spendthrifts turn into Fleebaggers.

landlines on February 25, 2011 at 10:55 PM

The Cuts should have been:

$1645 Billion/365 Days = 4.5 Billion PER DAY, or $63 Billion for 2 weeks!!

Heck yeah, and everyone would be supporting that.

If the Republicans had any guts…

landlines on February 25, 2011 at 10:55 PM

That is an awfully big if.

sharrukin on February 25, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Tell me again why we can’t start a 3rd party. Oh, yeah, the Rs are our party and we can change them from within to lead the country the way we want them to.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM

In fact, Democrats argued, the GOP’s new plan is just “a modified version” of what they have been proposing all along.

Saw that one comming a mile away. Seriously, has the GOP never seen a Democrat/Liberal before?

Old and Busted: Democrats block budget cuts
New Hotness: Republicans cave on budget cuts

Great job guys. Love the “triangulation” strategy. At this rate you’ll be able to blow through your political capital in no time! With the side benefit of not having accomplished a damn thing!

Onus on February 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

the last Congress, under the outstanding leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, failed to pass even one appropriations bill or even a real budget resolution for the current fiscal year.

EPIC FAIL … and returning Nancy to the Speakership is the goal of Democrats ?

J_Crater on February 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

the last Congress, under the outstanding leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, failed to pass even one appropriations bill or even a real budget resolution for the current fiscal year.

EPIC FAIL … and returning Nancy to the Speakership is the goal of Democrats ?

J_Crater on February 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Does she still fly in “her” jet?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM