Hardball: Boehner to introduce one-week budget with $12 billion in cuts; Update: Pence supports Boehner

posted at 5:37 pm on April 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

Didn’t Obama already rule out any new short-term budget resolutions? Why, I believe he did. So here’s Boehner playing hardball with slightly more than 48 hours to go before the shutdown: Either O can change his mind by agreeing to it and sparing America the post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees, or he can dig in and let the sky fall over $12 billion — which is less than the amount added to the deficit in two days during February.

Dilemmas, dilemmas.

House Republicans will vote Thursday on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running for another week while cutting $12 billion, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday.

The move sets up a confrontation with Senate Democrats and the White House as negotiators struggle to complete a budget agreement in time to avert a government shutdown this weekend. Democrats are opposed to the latest GOP measure, which would also fund the military for the remainder of the fiscal year…

“Republicans have no interest in shutting down the government,” an exasperated Boehner declared at the conclusion of his press conference. “Shutting down the government I think is irresponsible and I think it will end up costing the American taxpayers more money than we’re already spending.”

Said The One in Pennsylvania today, “It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,” which raises the question of why Pelosi and Hoyer didn’t give a rip about winning the future when they declined to pass a budget of their own last summer. He’s called Reid and Boehner to the White House for another emergency meeting tonight at 8:45 p.m. to discuss “the CR.” I take it that means Boehner’s new short-term proposal, not the overarching negotiations to fund the government for the rest of the year. Hmmm.

Boehner met with the caucus earlier this afternoon to update them on negotiations and things ended, er … predictably. Exit question: Aren’t tea partiers also opposed to any new short-term budget resolutions? Or will they reverse course too and side with Boehner on this one just because getting Obama and Reid to cave would be a moral victory?

Update: I guess this answers the exit question. From Pence’s office:

While I am frustrated that liberals in the Senate continue to resist our efforts to include even modest cuts in this year’s budget, I will support a one-week Continuing Resolution because the troops come first. H.R. 1363 will fully fund the Department of Defense for the rest of this fiscal year and will reduce spending by $12 billion.


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GIVE ‘EM A BIG HARD ONE!

blatantblue on April 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

“It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,”

Please tell me he didn’t actually say that.

Abby Adams on April 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I still say the MINIMUM price for a CR needs to be $8 Billion per day!!!

Boehner should be demanding at least $56 Billion: NOT a mere $12 Billion….which leaves the nation $44 Billion deeper in debt at the end of the week!!!

landlines on April 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

How much money does a moral victory cost, before coupons and discounts?

Robert17 on April 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

“It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,”

Obama believes all citizens to be fools. Why doesn’t he say who didn’t pass the budget? He supposedly was their leader.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I know a few 11 year olds who can sort out their problems more efficiently and with more maturity than the elected ‘adults’ up in D.C.
This is embarrassing.

bridgetown on April 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Gawd Obutthead is a moron, and a tool.

I can just see his childhood. I’m betting his sister took a lot of the blame for the things he did.

capejasmine on April 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“sparing America the post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees…”

But I wanted a post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees…

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Obama plays roulette with your children.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

crr6 will swing by any second now, to tell us how smart Obama is and which fancy school she attens, and how really itellectually superior she is.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

s/b attends

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Or will they reverse course too and side with Boehner on this one just because getting Obama and Reid to cave would be a moral victory?

Let’s hope so. This is a losing battle. Time to move on to other fronts, namely Paul Ryan’s comprehensive budget.

Buy Danish on April 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Dude’s gotta stop crying. It’s OK to cry when they hand you that gavel for the first time, but after awhile you start looking like a girlie man.

Mark1971 on April 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Tear Worthy?

Oil Can on April 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

“sparing America the post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees…”

That’s one way to reduce spending.

Common Sense on April 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Boehner should invite Obama to come to the House to discuss the budget problems.
Personally, I don’t mind these CRs in the context of how they are rolling out. The Republicans seem to be consistently putting pressure on the democrats and Obama, which is great. They should let that go on for awhile, then get 100% tough on raising the debt ceiling.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Boehner should stroll into the White House eating ice cream…

d1carter on April 6, 2011 at 5:52 PM

“H.R. 1363 will fully fund the Department of Defense for the rest of this fiscal year…”

Can the Department of Defense drill for oil…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Anyone know what percentage of total spending is off-budget?

flyfisher on April 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

crr6 is over at the Kloppenburg thread hijacking it.

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

If the non-essentials have to go home, do they still get paid later? Tell me no.

Paul-Cincy on April 6, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Obama needs to act like a grown-up.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

That’s why I’m here now, lol.

So I’m wondering why it’s Obama’s deal to reject. Shouldn’t that be the Senate’s job?

Dee2008 on April 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

“It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,”

Barry will have to walk that one back…..as soon as someone tells “the Smartest Man in the World” that it was HIS party that was in charge when the 2011 budget was supposed to have been passed.

GarandFan on April 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Obama needs to act like a grown-up.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

You have to be one to act like one.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

No kiddin’.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Obama needs to act like a grown-up.

kingsjester on April 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

He does “act” like a grownup…like when he talks about how he’s too busy and important to campaign. But we all know it’s just an act.

Dee2008 on April 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

You have to be one to act like one.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

This presdentin is waaaaaaaay above his pay grade.

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

If the non-essentials have to go home, do they still get paid later? Tell me no.

Judge Nap told Neil that is up in the air. When Congress votes to end the shut-down, part of the bill will be whether or not to give the non-essentials back-pay…ie a “paid vacation”.

humdinger on April 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

“It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,” which raises the question of why Pelosi and Hoyer didn’t give a rip about winning the future when they declined to pass a budget of their own last summer.

Well that’s because last summer their future was already “won”. Now that the Republicans own the present they have to Win the Future all over again.

Poor things, the future just won’t stay won.

Lily on April 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM

SHUT IT DOWN. No more resolutions.

SouthernGent on April 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM

the speaker should tell him if the WH doesn’t want this one they will introduce a new Cr bill tommorrow with 18 billion in cuts

unseen on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Okay John, here’s the play.

Let the government shutdown. The instant it does, you drop a bill on the House does one thing…funds the DoD for the year…just like Pence said.

Then, right behind that you drop an omnibus bill on the House that reduces government spending for the rest of 2011 by $500 billion.

Next, you go on TV and hold all the bills up and tell the American people that you submitted and passed a full year budget (not taken up by the Senate). You passed a handful of short duration spending bills to keep the government open. You passed bills that offered to cut $61B, $30B, and now $500B. Then you ask America…what more does the GOP have to do to get the Dems in the Senate to simply take up one of the budget bills passed by the House?

Then remind the voters that 2012 is just around the corner.

BobMbx on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Dude’s gotta stop crying. It’s OK to cry when they hand you that gavel for the first time, but after awhile you start looking like a girlie man.

Mark1971 on April 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

IDK, with what he’s been dealing with, I’m surprised he’s not in a corner somewhere rhythmically banging his head against the wall. I can forgive a couple tears under the circumstances.

Dee2008 on April 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

crr6 will swing by any second now, to tell us how smart Obama is and which fancy school she attends, and how really intellectually superior she is.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Third Tier Toilet.

steebo77 on April 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Death by a thousand cuts. Pass a new budget every week cutting 12 bil. That’s $624 billion a year in cuts.

Little Boomer on April 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

crr6 is over at the Kloppenburg thread hijacking it.

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

As she does with every thread.

I figure she and Ernie must be Allah plants. No other way to explain why they are allowed to do this continually.

angryed on April 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Then remind the voters that 2012 is just around the corner.

BobMbx on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Then drop the mic and walk off the stage. You gotta leave strong.

blankminde on April 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Dude’s gotta stop crying. It’s OK to cry when they hand you that gavel for the first time, but after awhile you start looking like a girlie man.

Mark1971 on April 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Are you kidding? I doubt he really cried. It’s politically calculated.

Why?

Because while Obama is seen as tonedeaf campaigning in New York, Boehner is seen in Washington crying over the possibility of a federal shut down that would inconvenience people.

Nothing says you’re serious about an issue like crying. Which is why Clinton cried and then proceeded to bounce back in New Hampshire. It has an effect on people.

amerpundit on April 6, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Dude’s gotta stop crying.

It’s his Party and he’ll cry if he wants to.

Fortunata on April 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I think CONGRESS and the WHITE HOUSE are non essential govt employees!!

Send them home until Nov 2012. That would save about $7 trillion!!

PappyD61 on April 6, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Dude its time to freaking hammer the point home. UNITE behind Boehner for this! Right about now, the media is preparing to push a certain narrative in the media, and we have to fight for our version of what we stand for. Already the freaking Campaign for Liberty losers are attacking Paul Ryan for his position. We must UNITE on this one and stick to our guns SON!

conservador on April 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Boehner needs to start passing continuing resolutions that kill agencies. Start with the ATF&E, DEA, and DoE both of them.

Slowburn on April 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

If Mr. President is going to win the future I’d sure hate to see how he’d lose it.

scalleywag on April 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

“At a time when you are struggling to pay your bills and meet your responsibilities, the least we can do to meet our responsibilities to produce a budget. That is not to much to ask for. That is what the American people expect of us, that’s what they deserve. You want everybody to act like adult, quit playing games and realize it is not my way or the highway,” President Obama said in Pennsylvania”

The budget was due last year and the 111th Congress and The President were obligated under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to produce one.

They didn’t.

Now they blame others…..

Opposite Day on April 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM

BobMbx on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

That’s a good effing idea!

catmman on April 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM

A temporary one week Aversion Tactic to stall
off the Liberal/Democrat/ProgTard Forced Gover
ment Shutdown and Blame/Demonization of the Rep
ublican Party!!

This is one interesting Kabucki Stripper Pole Dance!!

canopfor on April 6, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I don’t recall the world ending the last time we had a govt shutdown. In instances like this it is surprising how many employees become mission essential.

katiejane on April 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

My gut is telling me Pence is rethinking a run for Prez.

Knucklehead on April 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I don’t recall the world ending the last time we had a govt shutdown. In instances like this it is surprising how many employees become mission essential.

katiejane on April 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Last time they had passed a budget funding the coming year. This time the Democrats were sitting on their butts doing everything but their jobs.

sharrukin on April 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Rumors of in-party fighting aside, I am becoming more optimistic that the GOP is playing the long game and winning. The incremental, soft-touch game here is making the Dem-Cong look asinine.

I just wish that every single GOP is preparing to castigate the Dem’s for playing chicken over 0.3% of the budget.

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chimney sweep on April 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

My gut is telling me Pence is rethinking a run for Prez.

Knucklehead on April 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Knucklehead:Does have a good ring to it!!
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Palin and Pence

Cain and Pence

West and Pence,

or,vicey/versa!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on April 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

these clowns have some stones.

complaining about how we clean up their mess from last year. unbefreakingleavable

DrW on April 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I’d like to see a CR that includes making the Bush tax cuts permanent…

kringeesmom on April 6, 2011 at 6:41 PM

This will still fit the Liberal Theme of Old people will
die,from the Gov.Shutdown!!
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canopfor on April 6, 2011 at 6:41 PM

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canopfor on April 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

This presdentin is waaaaaaaay above his pay grade.

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The first real job he has held in his entire life is also the most difficult job in the world. Who thought that was a good idea?

slickwillie2001 on April 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Speaker Boehner is not ‘in a box’, he’s in a boxing ring with little Bammie and little Bammie hasn’t caught on to what is coming.

slickwillie2001 on April 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Knucklehead: Pence should rethink running for president.

Philly on April 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Also from the MSNBC article:

In Pennsylvania, the president spoke for about 20 minutes then spent another 30 minutes taking questions on issues ranging from the nation’s electricity grid, gas prices and how to boost exports and reform the tax code to support U.S. manufacturing to oil imports from Canada, education and energy efficiency.

The energy-related town hall event…

He flies AF 1 to Pennsylvania for a fifty minute gig to promote energy efficiency. Can this guy be any more tone deaf?

Big John on April 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

“It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,”

Please tell me he didn’t actually say that.

Abby Adams on April 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I am looking at that incredulous too…had to read it twice, my eyes bulging out of their orbits…this man is not only an incompetent leader and an imbecile overall, but one who has serious problems recognizing the reality too too…wonder if the teleprompter stopped working and for a second it escaped his frail mind that his party had a comfortable majority in both house and senate to pass the darn budget last year…

jimver on April 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM

As a teaparty supporter, I’m becoming very annoyed with the House Leadership, with the exception of Mr. Ryan.
If Boehner resorts to ANOTHER “fix” I’m going to be fit to be tied.
Where in the HELL are those teaparty congressmen/women? I want to see them in front of camera’s stating exactly why they were sent to DC and tell us nothing less then that will happen.
Someone please call out the dogs!!!!!!!

mmcnamer1 on April 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM

He flies AF 1 to Pennsylvania for a fifty minute gig to promote energy efficiency. Can this guy be any more tone deaf?

Big John on April 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

at this point I’d seriously examine his mental capacities…is he mentally fit to rule or not? To me he seems more insane by the day…and did you see his inane jokes and laughter at that event in Pennsylvania, as if he had not a worry in the whole world…meanwhile the govt might shut down on Fr…seriously, when was the last time when he underwent a mental exam? Maybe it’s time…

jimver on April 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

All that jazz for just one week. Boehner should either put up or shut up. If the Republicans are so damn scared of being clobbered for doing what they think is right, then shut up and go cry (Boehner is good at this) in a corner. Come on, just shut the government down and fight. Grow something!

Birdseye on April 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

jimver on April 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I did see that. It boggles the mind. I think you are right to question his sanity.

Big John on April 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

The GOP will LOSE this fight because the rules of the game have changed and the GOP is still playing by the OLD rules.

The new rules are … “Anything Goes”. Look at Wisconsin … where the Democrats spat on the Democratic process and the will of voters in November when they just WALKED OFF the job! Completely shutting down the legislative process.

And they’re WINNING in Wisconsin – by using a scorched earth policy that has their base … ON FIRE.

Meanwhile in DC – the Democrats have been releasing tid-bits of negotiations for weeks to set up Boehner for the inevitable fall if he chooses to push for his cuts. Hell, he hasn’t even cut anything yet and already he has Dems accusing the GOP of killing senior citizens and poor kids overseas!

THIS IS THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME FOLKS! What the hell were we doing in wasting our time hanging our heads after the failure of November 2008? We should have been out there dynamiting everything in sight … “Party of No? Yeah … HELL NO!”

The rules have changed folks – this is now a mud fight – and those who don’t get that will lose.

HondaV65 on April 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

HondaV65 on April 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

+1

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

SHUT IT DOWN. No more resolutions.

SouthernGent on April 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM

What about the troops? I’ve seen compelling info for paying/not paying them…

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Then remind the voters that 2012 is just around the corner.

BobMbx on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

As a conservative voter, I agree. As a parent to an Airman, do the troops still get their pay? Not their earnings, but their paycheck?

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

HondaV65 on April 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I hear ya…but let’s give Boehner his chance. He might be stodgy, but I’m not convinced he’s a bigger fool than Obama.

fossten on April 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I’m not the biggest Boehner fan, but this is brilliant.

In one shot, he forces the Dems to take responsibility a) for any government shutdown, and b) for cutting off pay to the military.

“Hey, we passed a CR that would’ve avoided all this. The Dems didn’t show up. Not like that should be any surprise to anyone in Wisconsin or Indiana or frankly anywhere else in America by now.”

Chris of Rights on April 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I’m not the biggest Boehner fan, but this is brilliant.

In one shot, he forces the Dems to take responsibility a) for any government shutdown, and b) for cutting off pay to the military.

Chris of Rights on April 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I agree. We want the homerun, and we want it now. But we are making some good progress with this small-ball and we need to let Boehner play this out.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 6, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Oh my, Hannity just said that little Bammie was going to meet with Boehner in the White House tonight!

The Bamster working after 4:30pm! Will he put in for overtime?

slickwillie2001 on April 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Said The One in Pennsylvania today, “It makes it tough to win the future when you haven’t passed the budget from last year,”

Who didn’t pass the budget from last year? It was the dimwitted “fiscal chicken hawk” Democrats who didn’t pass a budget when they had both the executive and legislative branches. They are the ones who are blocking Obama from “winning the future”. What a crock these jokers are.

stefano1 on April 6, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Boehner needs to start passing continuing resolutions that kill agencies. Start with the ATF&E, DEA, and DoE both of them.

Slowburn on April 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Don’t forget EPA and their “rules” on CO2 emissions that are killing the electric power and oil-refining industries.

Since Congress never authorized those rules…it’s a non-essential “service”.

Steve Z on April 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Either O can change his mind by agreeing to it and sparing America the post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees, or he can dig in and let the sky fall over $12 billion — which is less than the amount added to the deficit in two days during February.

Not only O. What about Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats?

Boehner could convene the House today and pass a one-week CR with $12 billion in cuts, the stand in front of a microphone and tell the country “We have voted to fund the government, and cut the budget by less than 1%, and now the Senate has the choice between funding the government or shutting down 99% to spend 1% more. Let the American people reflect on this while they fill out their income tax forms next week.”

Steve Z on April 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Who didn’t pass the budget from last year? It was the dimwitted “fiscal chicken hawk” Democrats who didn’t pass a budget when they had both the executive and legislative branches. They are the ones who are blocking Obama from “winning the future”. What a crock these jokers are.

stefano1 on April 6, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Apparently there was a misunderstanding: most Democrats thought WTF = Wasting The Future.

landlines on April 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM