Reports: Dems, GOP closing in on budget deal that would avert shutdown

posted at 4:17 pm on April 8, 2011 by Allahpundit

Nothing concrete yet, but I think Major Garrett’s reading it right. Boehner’s emphasizing the amount of spending cuts to downplay a probable cave on the Planned Parenthood provisions and Reid’s emphasizing the Planned Parenthood provisions to downplay a probable cave on the amount of spending cuts.

As the clock ticked down toward a federal government shutdown, signs surfaced on Friday that a deal would be struck before the midnight deadline.

One telling indication was the fact that Democrats, out there aggressively defending funding for community health clinics and Title X funding, were met by mostly Republican silence.

They appeared ready to back an agreement that didn’t include the controversial rider concerning funding for Planned Parenthood. This might well be the face-saving concession Democrats win from Republicans as they acquiesce to $38 billion in cuts from the fiscal 2011 budget…

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told his members that a final deal continued to elude negotiators, but he remained hopeful that one could be reached before midnight. “Stay tuned. Keep the faith,” Boehner said, according to a lawmaker in the room who asked not to be identified because conference meetings are private.

According to a House staffer, Boehner’s telling caucus members that he thinks they’ll have a deal by the end of the day. On the Democratic side, Max Baucus also sounds optimistic. Even some of the House’s prominent social conservatives might be willing to bend on the Planned Parenthood rider, although Mike Pence put out a statement less than an hour ago insisting that he’s still committed to it. In all likelihood, Boehner’s now in a position similar to Pelosi’s before the final ObamaCare vote, with dozens of members of his caucus eager to vote no but grudgingly willing to vote yes if he needs them to pass the bill. Can’t wait to see how many House Dems sign onto this one, knowing that every vote in favor on their side will allow an additional social conservative across the aisle to protect him/herself by voting no.

As for the larger politics of today’s budget pageantry, low-information voters who rarely follow politics must be reading the headlines about a shutdown and having a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment, mystified as to what could be so important that it’s worth suspending government operations over. The fact that Paul Ryan’s budget rolled out a few days ago to great fanfare can only be compounding the confusion. How many people know that Boehner’s and Reid’s standoff has nothing (directly) to do with Ryan’s proposal? For that matter, how many aren’t aware of Ryan’s proposal at all, and will have their first impressions of it colored by whatever happens here? It’s enough to make even stalwart libertarian Matt Welch nervous about temporarily pulling the plug on the federal behemoth:

There is a tangible hunger across the land for adult talk about our dangerous and unsustainable fiscal situation. Into the vacuum created by Democrats this week stepped Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, whose opening gambit, despite avoiding any serious cuts in defense and Social Security, had the virtue of at least kick-starting a long-overdue conversation.

Much of that will go out the window if and when the federal government shuts down. Instead of winning arguments, budget hawks will be trying to win press conferences. Instead of tackling reform, they’ll be trying to tackle the buffoon on the other side of the cage.

All-or-nothing television duels create dynamics too hot to predict. True believers man their battle stations, cooler-headed partisans are reluctantly sucked into the fray, and the only growing political bloc in the country — independents — shrink away in horror. If that latter group comes out of a government shutdown ready to double down on the unacceptable budgetary status quo, there might not be time left to forestall the next economic catastrophe.

The Journal’s editorial board made a similar argument this morning, saying of Ryan’s budget and the debt ceiling fight, “Republicans will have more credibility over fights that really matter if they show they’re willing to compromise now.” My hunch is that a lot of House Republicans agree, whether they’re willing to admit it publicly or not, and not all of them are RINOs. As I say, can’t wait to see the roll call in the House if/when there’s a vote on the deal.

Via CNS, here’s Chuck Schumer insisting that Democrats will never, ever, evah vote to defund one of America’s biggest abortion factories.


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I don’t think of myself as a social conservative, I am an Independent that leans Libertarian (Fiscal Conservative). The natural state of man is free, and that includes free from a state that is trying to enslave us through unsustainable debt. I am pro life, why would anyone condone support killing their own species? That reduces our numbers. If you are pro human being, you are pro life. Morally killing human life is immoral. A female human being to date, has never been documented giving life to anything but a human being…they don’t give birth to kittens, puppies, jackasses :) Well okay the data on the jackasses is still out LOL!

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Well okay the data on the jackasses is still out LOL!

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I think there is a fair amount of those in D.C., if we need to start the research.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I think there is a fair amount of those in D.C., if we need to start the research.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM

And it might explain a lot of things :)

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Condescend to some jerk who is less bright than you, if you can possibly find one.

MJBrutus on April 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM

That was pretty easy, actually.

massrighty on April 8, 2011 at 7:37 PM

That was pretty easy, actually.

massrighty on April 8, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Stop picking the low hanging fruit GRIN.

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I had actually started by trying to engage mjbrutus in a serious way. He/she went all whackadoodle on me. Left with a broad opening, I had to go there.

massrighty on April 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

just shut it down. Why compromise? Why is the Republican party the party of no balls, for Christ sakes, Nancy has more balls in her left eyebrow then our so called leaders. Screw em, shut it down and make them explain way and then call out their every lie. Why the hell do I have to give up my freedom for some ratfaced dick heads who have never worked a day in their sorry ass life? You guys post on here day and night, but are you doing anything to change it? Seriously, freeking talking heads, this is important, I’m not giving up my freedom, ever, and it has come so apparent that nobody really gives a damn.

nwpammy on April 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Amen.

I can’t help but think this is it. Our forty years wandering in the desert of abortion on demand is almost up. Strangely enough, it will coincide with the next inauguration, Jan 2013. I firmly believe that if we don’t reject abortion by then, we are done as a nation. People like MJBrutus will still be blind and blame us instead of the baby butchers. God have mercy.

I’m going to a baseball game and pretend for a few hours that we aren’t a doomed nation.

pannw on April 8, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I Still Believe

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 7:13 PM

How are we “caving”? If this is purely about fiscal issues, we need to move on to the trillion dollar movie. I think they’re down to a difference of $4 billion dollars. Surely we won’t shut the gov down over that.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

massrighty on April 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I know he/she had me going too. Than I figured out that mjbrutus was just suffering from a charm deficit ;)

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM

. Surely we won’t shut the gov down over that.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Both sides appear willing to shut it down over this issue. Why is it just bad for the Republicans. And once this is conceded it will snowball. I don’t care any longer. It’s a farce. As AP pointed out, we cut $60 billion from last years non existent budget when $50 billion is being added weekly in interest on the debt. We aren’t even treading water.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Just saw a Tweet on C-SPAN2:

RepFleming: Will decline salary if democrats force shutdown

That’s Rep. John Fleming, R-LA 4th district.

Mary in LA on April 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

We aren’t even treading water.
Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Yes, and that’s why we need to move on to Ryan’s comprehensive plan. This is just tinkering around the edges.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Ha! – like I said, time to think about the trillions and stop the nickel and dime stuff.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I would be all for passing something to complete 2010 and go to work on Rep. Ryan’s plan.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Ha! – like I said, time to think about the trillions and stop the nickel and dime stuff.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Have you ever been to a bullfight? Before the Matador even starts fighting the bull, first they send in the Picadors...they use small lances – aiming for sensitive arteries in the bulls neck. This accomplishes two things, it enrages the bull, and get’s him in fighting mode, and second it weakens the bull by blood loss and goads it into using up it’s fighting energy….then the matador comes into the ring to finish the bull off. I am married to a Spaniard, I know how this kind of tactic works ;)

The Progressives are the Bull, you can tell by all the bullsh1t they leave in their wake: The Tea Party is the Matador.

The Republicans are not going to take the Progressives in one bite. But they are going to make a meal out of them LOL!

Dr Evil on April 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Have you ever been to a bullfight?

Yes. The final score was matadors 3, bulls 0.

Emperor Norton on April 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM

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