Breaking: No deal from WH or Dems, says Boehner

posted at 12:49 pm on April 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The budget summit at the White House has ended, with predictable results.  Speaker John Boehner released a statement a short while ago, picked up by the Daily Caller, saying that no deal had been reached, and left little hope that Barack Obama or Harry Reid intend to get serious about reducing spending and deficits:

Democratic President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have not reached an agreement on a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the year according to a statement from Boehner’s office.

“While there was a good discussion, no agreement was reached,” the statement says.

As for the discussion, Boehner tweeted an assessment earlier that sounded a lot less positive:

Boehner also tweeted at about 11:30 a.m., “It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts.["]

Boehner refused to make a choice between bad and worse, according to his statement as reported by Politico:

“The Speaker told the president that the House will not be put in a box and forced to choose between two options that are bad for the country (accepting a bad deal that fails to make real spending cuts, or accepting a government shutdown due to Senate inaction),” according to the release from Boehner’s office.

Where does this leave the budget?  The House has already passed one full-year budget, while the Senate has yet to pass anything from either party.  Boehner had held off proposing a new version of HR1 while the negotiations took place.  The only option now would be to try to get the Senate to pass HR1 again, push the new CR, or head into a shutdown.

The White House isn’t keen on another CR, says Eric Cantor, and that puts the shutdown on their shoulders:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor already accused the White House Tuesday of setting up a shutdown by rejecting a short-term deal that would slash $12 billion and keep the government running for another week.

“The White House has indicated now that they are already rejecting that notion,” Cantor said of the proposal, “raising the risk for a government shutdown.”

The Appropriations Committee released a bill that would fund the government for a week, but cuts $12 billion and keeps the Defense Department funded.

Brinksmanship has about another 60 hours to play out.  My guess is that the CR has a good shot at getting through if Boehner and Cantor push it hard enough.  Even if Democrats refuse it, however, the effort puts Republicans in position to show good-faith efforts to stop a government shutdown, as I wrote in my previous post.  The White House must be betting that voters will just blame the GOP for any failure, but that’s a risky bet to make in this political environment, especially with the President all but abdicating leadership on budgetary matters.

Update: Heritage Action for America asks a good question — if an Obama government shuts down, could anyone tell the difference?

Update II: Fixed the coding error, and changed the title.  As Gabriel Malor said in an e-mail, it made it sound as if Boehner turned down a deal.


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neuquenguy on April 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Obama sure is getting grey hair from using all that energy trying to tap dance around himself.

Investment?

The private sector makes investments. Government simply spends.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

We are still dealing with the dems budget…..keep this talking point up gop

cmsinaz on April 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Obama: “No one gets 100% of what they want”

He also said they, “the White House and Republicans” are at the same number, (73 billion), but with different cuts to different programs.

He’s also back to the “scalpel, not the machete” BS.

Rovin on April 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Obama says the legislature can’t stuff all things into one bill. Gee, seem to remember Obamacare got passed that way.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Rush just said the same thing….the dems punted

cmsinaz on April 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

both sides are politicizing the crap out of this…

tweeting during a mtg w/the prez? serious leadership for our times… /s save us all

gatorboy on April 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Sorry pal, but the Republicans have been upfront with this, we need spending cuts…we proposed and passed a budget.
The “politicking” comes from the dems refusing to do what is right…as far as tweeting, you don’t think he had time while Obama was pontificating to tweet?
You want politics out of this (which is an oxymoron), then pass a budget and let’s get this economy rolling.
You “I can see both sides” type of pundits make me sick…

right2bright on April 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Can’t have a my way or the highway approach?

This is exactly what Obama did right after he said, famously, “I won.”

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

If the gummint actually shuts down then Zero won’t have to answer any more questions from strangers on the golf course asking “Don’t you have work to do?”

He could put a basketball net in the Oral Office, a super-screen TV on the Resolute Desk, a few lava lamps and mattresses here and there… just like the old pad in Chicago.

viking01 on April 5, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Remembering always that to a Dem, a cut means less of an increase, Obama is tripping all over himself on this one. No TOTUS to help out.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

It is extremely extreme “that (neither) Barack Obama (n)or Harry Reid intend to get serious about reducing spending and deficits” and are willing to shut down the government. Unlike the adults in the Republican party who have been working around the clock with Senate Democrats over ??? days to complete a budget from last year, irresponsible Democrats have continued to ignore the consequences of their own poor planning and extreme partisanship.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Boehner has said that government shutdowns cost more money than it saves, federal workers just get a paid vacation, they will be payed even if they have to stay home. Where are the savings? As far as I know all payments are just delayed.

neuquenguy on April 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

No wonder the dems are all for it.

RedbonePro on April 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I actually don’t mind our politicians Tweeting.
It’ll probably be the most honest & truthful information you’ll ever get out of one.

Badger40 on April 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Can’t have a my way or the highway approach?

This is exactly what Obama did right after he said, famously, “I won.”

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

But somehow it’s different this time.
Or something.

Badger40 on April 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I actually don’t mind our politicians Tweeting.
It’ll probably be the most honest & truthful information you’ll ever get out of one.

Badger40 on April 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Exactly! Long before the liberal media has the opportunity to spin it in their own context.

Rovin on April 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Update: Heritage Action for America asks a good question — if an Obama government shuts down, could anyone tell the difference?

YOU bet – the destruction would stop in its tracks.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

8-track tapes are the currency of the new world order.

That’s a good idea. During the Weimar hyperinflation, some Germans passed around banknotes from Czarist Russia as money instead of marks, and those rubles held a stable value. How could they be worth anything, when the Czar had been deposed 5 years before? Because they weren’t printing any more of them.

Emperor Norton on April 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM

For Obama, nothing short of destroying the US Dollar will do.
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Equality achieved by making everyone dirt poor.
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Gold up $25.00 today so far.

esblowfeld on April 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Gotta love the third paragraph …

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/153711-dems-likely-to-offer-budget-alternative-to-ryan-plan

Not even a PUNT !

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM

The man has always had a backbone. A lot of HA’ers thre Boehner under the bus a long time ago. He’s doing a great job, as always. Hope he runs for the White House someday.

JetBoy on April 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Heh. You’re funny.

miConsevative on April 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Obama: Budget deal close, shutdown disruptive (AP) “- 1 hour ago”

Her’s the headline from AP.What’s the real story?

sandee on April 5, 2011 at 2:47 PM

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM

With over $14 Trillion in obligations on the books, and over $500 billion in interest being racked up annually on that debt, the White House and the Dem-controlled Senate are playing games and still adding to the debt.

Our national debt is close, very close, to our GDP, both in the $14 Trillion range.

In the old days they called nations that piled up that kind of debt and kept printing money…Zimbabwe.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Shut.It.Down.

bitsy on April 5, 2011 at 3:20 PM

The guidance we’ve been given is this;

Military: Come to work as usual. But, all military on Temorary Additional Duty (traveling) must cut short any trips and return to base.

Gov’t Service: Go home. You are by law not allowed into the workplace even if you want to volunteer your time. There is no guarantee that you will be paid for the time you are on furlough. It will be up to Congress subsequent to the furlough to determine if GS personnel will be compensated. You can’t even use your leave since there is no money to pay for that either.

Contractors: No impact. The contract is fully funded through the FY.

SoonerMarine on April 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Obama shoved “Obamacare” up our collective posterior orifice with a white hot poker but now he’s looking for reason and “adult” supervision. Precisely whom does this charlatan con-artist think he’s fooling.

rplat on April 5, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Every congressman should read this then swear an oath to pass legislation according to this. And if they dont they should resign.
its a bit of a long read but its worth every second.

http://www.juntosociety.com/patriotism/inytg.html

ColdWarrior57 on April 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Let ‘em shut it down. When Barry tries to spin it as a “Republican” problem, he’d better be prepared to bend over in those well-creased trousers – because the American public will shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

GarandFan on April 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, the President says lawmakers need to ‘act like grownups”.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/no-deal-on-budget-president-says-lawmakers-need-to-act-like-grownups

jdawg on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

No coincidence – Boehner was having a press conference at 2PM and guess who also decides to step to the podium at 2PM to suck the air out of Boehner’s presser. The One really doesn’t want the American people to hear Boehner’s side of the story.

Done That on April 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

No coincidence – Boehner was having a press conference at 2PM and guess who also decides to step to the podium at 2PM to suck the air out of Boehner’s presser. The One really doesn’t want the American people to hear Boehner’s side of the story.

Done That on April 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Boehner needs to keep an eye on little Bammie because that’s what he does. Schedule those events when Bammie is in the air or headed for the golf course.

slickwillie2001 on April 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Wait just a minute! Predictable results? Wasn’t it here in Hot Air where I read that “ABC: GOP, Dems reach tentative budget deal involving “at least $33 billion” in cuts? OH YEAH!

If I may be allowed to borrow from that blog, before you throw up your hands and decide that it’s third-party time, though, here’s a bit of breaking news from the AWE inspiring Danno Man: NEVER EVER trust the 0bamaGanda media, and try having some faith in the people you voted in for a change. The NAIL BITING DISPLAY from many of the fine folks who left their opinions in that topic was stomach turning at best.

For YOU people who whined the loudest, my suggestion is that you do more to assist our congress critters. GET INVOLVED! By keeping busy you might actually make a positive difference for once. /sarc

DannoJyd on April 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

RATS !! I lost a poster’s link to the Wisconsin updates !
Any help ??

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Well, I found this, but nothing reported yet.
http://elections.todaystmj4.com/G8801.htm

Will we have a thread, guys ??

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The Speaker looks like he’s going to cry, again.
Why would he even make such a stupid suggestion?
Shut the damn thing down, I say and blame the WH & democRATs for not passsing a budget last year. It’s just that simple.

mmcnamer1 on April 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

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