Shutdown averted: House passes bill funding government for next two weeks, 335-91

posted at 5:00 pm on March 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

Everybody’s happy-ish: The GOP gets $4 billion in cuts, the Democrats get to pretend that this was all their idea, and the federal leviathan keeps chugging along until March 18, when the funding from this bill runs out and we play another game of chicken.

The Senate hasn’t taken up the bill yet but there’s no suspense about what they’ll do. Reid emerged from today’s caucus meeting to say that the votes are there.

The vote was 335-91, with six Republicans opposing the GOP-authored measure. On the other side of the aisle, 104 Democrats voted for it, while 85 voted against the bill.

The Republican-backed stopgap bill was considered palatable by many Democrats because it drew on suggestions made by President Barack Obama in his budget for this year…

Some GOP House members opposed the bill because it did not include more controversial measures to defund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of the Obama-backed health care plan.

Here’s the roll. The six Republicans voting no: Amash, Bachmann, Gohmert, Jones, Steve King, and of course Ron Paul. How come Reid didn’t throw a screaming fit about how “draconian” it is to slice $4 billion from the budget in just two weeks? Well, as noted last Friday, these cuts all come from Obama’s 2012 budget; the GOP proposed them now knowing that Reid would choke on them rather than accuse The One of being “draconian.” Beyond that, though, the polling on whom to blame for a shutdown isn’t there for them this time like it was in 1995. Or at least, not yet:

Thirty-six percent say Republicans would be at fault if the two sides cannot reach a budget deal in time to avert a temporary stoppage of government services, and just about as many, 35 percent, say primary responsibility would rest with the Obama administration. Nearly one in five say the two camps would be equally culpable…

But in 1995, when Bill Clinton was president, 46 percent said they would blame House Speaker Newt Gingrich and congressional Republicans for the impending stoppage, compared with 27 percent who said Clinton would be at fault.

If there is a government shutdown, the decisive group to watch would be independent voters, who form the bulk of those who said they had not decided who would be to blame. On the question of blame, conducted jointly by The Post and the Pew Research Center, about three-quarters of conservative Republicans fault Obama; a similar proportion of liberal Democrats blame the GOP. Independents tilt marginally toward blaming Obama, 37 to 32 percent.

Rasmussen has a new poll out too showing that 58 percent of likely voters prefer a shutdown if it would result in cuts versus 33 percent who’d accept a spending freeze to keep the government running. Now that the short-term battle is over and the next shutdown looms, the GOP has to hammer two “messaging” points above all. One: This chart. Circulate it widely and show just how ridiculously narrow that sliver of $61 billion in cuts is (roughly one-third of the gray sliver). No one who sees it will ever take the “draconian” meme seriously again. And two: Emphasize the fact that many critical services wouldn’t be affected by a shutdown, from the military to Social Security payments to even the post office. For all the left’s shrieking about the “politics of fear,” there’ll be plenty of fearmongering (as usual) on their side over the next 17 days. Counter that and you win the argument.


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…and in two weeks we can do it all over again.

Skandia Recluse on March 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Come on Harry – Just say NO!

LincolntheHun on March 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Can’t we just vote on continuing resolutions every two weeks for awhile? That would be 104 billion in cuts over the course of a year.

mwbri on March 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM

For all the left’s shrieking about the “politics of fear,” there’ll be plenty of fearmongering (as usual) on their side over the next 17 days

tru dat

speak up GOP, we can’t hear you

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I think pass this then say later “See America didnt fall apart because the government wasnt spending money”

Play the game GOP. Show the dems that fearmongering is empty.

William Amos on March 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Come on Harry – Just say NO!

LincolntheHun on March 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I dare him. I double-dare him to say “no” and claim it’s because he wanted a 1 month CR instead of a 2 week one or that the House’s cuts were “draconian” despite being based on Bambi’s own proposed budget.

teke184 on March 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The six Republicans voting no: Amash, Bachmann, Gohmert, Jones, Steve King, and of course Ron Paul.

Not bad company, that.

JohnGalt23 on March 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Can’t we just vote on continuing resolutions every two weeks for awhile? That would be 104 billion in cuts over the course of a year.

mwbri on March 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Not even close to being enough. We’d probably be further in debt by that point.

jimmy the notable on March 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Ridiculous. It’s like putting $5 of gas in your car instead of filling up. You’re not going to drive less, you’re just going to stop at the gas station more often.

txsurveyor on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Can’t we just vote on continuing resolutions every two weeks for awhile? That would be 104 billion in cuts over the course of a year.

mwbri on March 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Which would amount to 6% of the deficit overspending ($1,645 billion) this year.

sharrukin on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

txsurveyor on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

nice analogy there…

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Will Congress go after cuts based on the CBO report released today?

Cindy Munford on March 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Ridiculous. It’s like putting $5 of gas in your car instead of filling up. You’re not going to drive less, you’re just going to stop at the gas station more often.

txsurveyor on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

And pay more each time you stop. 535 of the smartest guys (and gals) in the room.

BobMbx on March 1, 2011 at 5:13 PM

OT: Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans ‘my people’

unbelievable

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Ridiculous. It’s like putting $5 of gas in your car instead of filling up.
txsurveyor on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

So, like, 1 gallon?

Abby Adams on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM

sharrukin and jimmy,

Yep, this 2-week continuing resolution is not serious about the debt, which goes to show that the republicans 61 billion of proposed cuts is even less serious.

mwbri on March 1, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Yep, this 2-week continuing resolution is not serious about the debt, which goes to show that the republicans 61 billion of proposed cuts is even less serious.

mwbri on March 1, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Its just the GOP striking a pose for the base so they can be seen to be doing something, even if that something is essentially meaningless.

sharrukin on March 1, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Let’s say this Twinkie represents the proposed $61 billion cut in the federal budget. According to analysis, the federal budget would be a Twinkie nineteen and half feet long, weighing approximately four hundred pounds.

WashJeff on March 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Let’s say this Twinkie represents the proposed $61 billion cut in the federal budget. According to analysis, the federal budget would be a Twinkie nineteen and half feet long, weighing approximately four hundred pounds.

WashJeff on March 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM

That’s a Big Twinkie…

sharrukin on March 1, 2011 at 5:23 PM

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM

He and the administration have acted stupidly. How quickly would this have gone away had he prosecuted and these folks be given a minimum sentence? His people, indeed.

Cindy Munford on March 1, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Just shut ‘er down.

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Cindy Munford on March 1, 2011 at 5:24 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM

OT: Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans ‘my people’

unbelievable

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The limit on that race card was reached and breached a long time ago, Eric.

teke184 on March 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

teke184 on March 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

amen teke

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM

The Republican-backed stopgap bill was considered palatable by many Democrats because it drew on suggestions made by President Barack Obama in his budget for this year
Some GOP House members opposed the bill because it did not include more controversial measures to defund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of the Obama-backed health care plan

Sh!t…..why the he!! didn’t the GOP just let it shut down? $4 billion????? That’s it????? OMG…..and we get to have a do-over in 2 weeks????? Ugh

sicoit on March 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Yay, the Democrats decided to join in on the “atrocity” “against [the US's] own people”!

DaveS on March 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

SHUT IT DOWN!

GarandFan on March 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Ridiculous. It’s like putting $5 of gas in your car instead of filling up. You’re not going to drive less, you’re just going to stop at the gas station more often.

txsurveyor on March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

txsurveyor:Lol,must you live in reality!!(sarc).

canopfor on March 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

In theory, the GOP could keep whacking away at this, $4 billion every two weeks until Congress adjourns in December 2012.

That doesn’t sound like much fun — talk about stress for a lot of people whose livelihoods depend on federal programs, or whose checks come from SSA — but it may be the only thing that works.

J.E. Dyer on March 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

YEAY!! Instead of a $1.5T deficit we now have a $1.49996T deficit.

Phew, and here I was worried the country was going into bankruptcy. All’s well now. Everyone back to watching American Idol, crisis averted.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

So,the Liberals are going to have two weeks,to dream up ways,to,blame and F…er,*Boink* Team Republican!!

canopfor on March 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Phew, and here I was worried the country was going into bankruptcy. All’s well now. Everyone back to watching American Idol, crisis averted.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

+1

sad but so true…

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Rush Limbaugh Compares 2010 To 1994
***********************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76sC98Qi8R4&playnext=1&list=PL8CCD753CC2248DDB

canopfor on March 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Boehner needs to be byatch slapped back to what We, The People want……this just really p!sses me off……grrrrrr

sicoit on March 1, 2011 at 5:46 PM

So, we can only cut 4 Billion when the GAO found 200 Billion in redundant waste? That’s great. No, really… Excuse me while I explore 3rd party contenders for the house and senate in 2012.

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Rush On Earmarks:

Call Their Bluff And Shut Down Government
Oct 10 2010
*************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0qPkjglcB8

canopfor on March 1, 2011 at 5:50 PM

BTW, here’s the link:
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/gao-finds-200b-in-redundant-programs

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 5:48 PM

mizflame98:Heres a linky,of Programs!!:)
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Catalog of Domestic Assistance
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About CFDA
———–

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

https://www.cfda.gov/

canopfor on March 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM

OT: Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans ‘my people’

unbelievable

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM
The limit on that race card was reached and breached a long time ago, Eric.

teke184 on March 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

“I’m sorry, Mr. Holder, you card has been declined. Do you have another?”

iurockhead on March 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Hey Nevada voters! How’s voting Dingy back in office working out for you?

Wade on March 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM

OT: Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans ‘my people’

unbelievable

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The limit on that race card was reached and breached a long time ago, Eric.

teke184 on March 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

“I’m sorry, Mr. Holder, you card has been declined. Do you have another?”

iurockhead on March 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Holder ain’t my people. I’m with the American people and Mr. Holder has let them down.

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Yeah but what will they do when they figure out we need to cut trillions?

tarpon on March 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM

America is one stop-gap measure away from being homeless! Think about the chill-rins!

SouthernGent on March 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

So,

Why does a Government entity whose responsibility is for the National level of interest – i.e., keeping the Nation in existence and competitive amongst the other nations of the Earth; why does that National level spend a Penny of the Nation’s wealth, on monies to individuals within that Nation?

Same argument can be made for the State.

Keep that level of community concern, at the community, where individuals actually live, and where their continued existence and health is important.

Budgets fixed. Thank you very much.

Jimmy Doolittle on March 2, 2011 at 12:18 AM