Poll: Americans would blame Republicans more than Obama for a government shutdown; Update: Deal reached to avert shutdown

posted at 7:15 pm on September 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After all the debt ceiling theatrics that dominated the summer — and the collective sigh of relief at their conclusion (even though the final deal was not a real solution!), it was easiest to forget the federal government was still running on stopgap measures and not an actual budget. Better to forget that than to immediately and wearily wind ourselves up for another heartbreaking round of championing salvific spending cuts only to eventually make painful political concessions that would ultimately shove all meaningful work onto a nebulous future Super Committee.

So, here we are again, facing a government shutdown. Is this emotion I’m experiencing in regard to it ennui? If it is, time to snap out of it — because a CNN poll shows a plurality of Americans would blame Republicans if the government did, indeed, shut down. That was true in March of this year, too, but Americans would blame GOPers by even greater margins now than they would have then. In March, 36 percent of those polled said they would blame the president and 46 percent said they would blame Republicans. Today, just 33 percent would blame Barack, while 47 percent would blame the GOP.

That would be fine if Republicans were to blame. But they’re so patently not. To go back a bit, the government has had to resort to Continuing Resolutions in the first place primarily  because Democrats last year failed to pass appropriations bills and because the Democrat-controlled Senate still refuses to pass a budget. But even the specifics of this particular case ought to cause onlookers to blame the Democrats. The House — true to the trend it set long ago — has already passed a measure to fund the government through Nov. 18, but the Senate refuses to pass the bill as is. The problem? The Senate objects to any kind of offsets for disaster relief funding.

More details from The Wall Street Journal:

The Senate initially wanted to allocate $7 billion for disaster relief next year, but ultimately Democrats agreed to the $3.65 billion figure set by House Republicans. Republicans want to offset that spending with a $1.5 billion cut in a program that provides loans for makers of high-efficiency cars and components, which Democrats say has created or protected about 40,000 jobs. Republicans also want to cut $100 million from a program that provided a loan guarantee for the solar-component company Solyndra LLC, which has since gone bankrupt and whose practices are under investigation.

In other words, Democrats would rather derail the government than cut funding to a couple of government programs, including the program that yielded the questionable loan to Solyndra.

The Senate right now is voting on an amendment offered by Harry Reid that would eliminate the offsets. If the amendment passes, the Senate will likely go on to pass a bill that would fund the government through Oct. 4, passing the buck back to the House. But as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has explained, to vote for the Reid amendment is to succumb to the argument that we must borrow more money just to be able to provide disaster relief.

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats are threatening to shut down government because they insist that disaster funds be borrowed, not offset,” Sen. Paul said. “In other words, the Democrats are insisting we must increase our national debt by borrowing new funds or they will shut down the government.”

“Only in the bizarre world that is Washington, could anyone insist that we borrow more money rather than do the responsible thing and find budgetary offsets for new spending,” he continued.

Heritage Action has keyvoted the roll call on the Reid Amendment — and rightly. Its likely passage — and the likely Senate passage of another stopgap measure that won’t be acceptable to the House —  doesn’t change that the threat of a shutdown could be averted once and for all if Democrats would just do what they are legally obligated to do and pass a budget.

Update: One last thing — the CNN poll doesn’t even offer Americans the option of blaming Senate Democrats. That’s a little misleading, don’t you think?

Update (AP): Whew!

In a step back from the brink, Senate Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a continuing resolution that would include $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding and which would eliminate the chance of a government shutdown next week.

Even while Senate Republicans were filibustering a continuing resolution and disaster aid bill Monday, Senate aides in both parties said they had reached a deal on compromise legislation with reduced disaster aid funding. The chamber will invoke cloture on a new “clean CR” with about $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding, rather than the $3.65 billion in the latest continuing resolution that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered Friday. Senators will then immediately pass the bill. The bill also lasts through Nov. 18. The Senate is also expected to pass on Monday a continuing resolution lasting one week. The House is expected to approve the one-week continuing resolution by unanimous consent on Thursday. The House will then approve the longer CR next week.

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But, of course!

OldEnglish on September 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Well, if the GOP would snap out of their funk and get to talking, on TV, on the radio, write columns…..OPEN the “negotiations” up to the public. STOP golfing with Obama and act like men with plans and cajones.

bridgetown on September 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

cool. Cajones passed the censors. ha

bridgetown on September 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

act like men with plans and cajones.

bridgetown on September 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Copy that.

CW on September 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

a CNN poll shows

This is all I need to know.

jawkneemusic on September 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

*SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH*

capejasmine on September 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

So, here we are again, facing a government shutdown. Is this emotion I’m experiencing in regard to it ennui? If it is, time to snap out of it — because a CNN poll shows a plurality of Americans would blame Republicans if the government did, indeed, shut down.
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This reeks of Harry Reid Stink-O!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Of course they would. They were stupid enough to elect the bastard, weren’t they?

The War Planner on September 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM

In other words: We’re screwed.

When the demorat-lite GOP can’t catch a break when they try to stop even a little spending, you know it’s almost Red Dawn time.

Now normally I would welcome a Red Dawn fantasy becoming reality, but on my schedule.

Bishop on September 26, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Gee I never saw that coming…..

sandee on September 26, 2011 at 7:22 PM

So if there’s a shutdown, they can’t say Republicans are doing it for political reasons. Have I got that right?

The Mega Independent on September 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Update: One last thing — the CNN poll doesn’t even offer Americans the option of blaming Senate Democrats. That’s a little misleading, don’t you think?

Do you still beat your wife?

“Which you prefer:

a) The plan being forced onto the country by the republicans or

b) Your very own unicorn?”

BobMbx on September 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

OMG, these people VOTE? We are in major problems here if this is fact. I just do not believe this poll.
L

letget on September 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Americans would blame Republicans more than Obama for a government shutdown?

Well, we know for a fact that over half of American voters are stupid as hell. That’s how we got in this Obama mess in the first place.

So, no surprise at all on this one.

And the GOP will see this poll, and then fold their tents and give in 100% to the Obama Administration, lest they be seen as some kind of obstructionists.

Well, GOP, if we ever needed obstructionists in our history, now is the time. Shut it down. Go over the head of the White House and take your case 24/7 to the American people…

Otherwise, get the hell out of the way, if you can’t lead.

coldwarrior on September 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM

a CNN poll shows
This is all I need to know.

jawkneemusic on September 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Hmmmm. Yeah, I’d really like to know the demos on that poll.

If it is a legit demographic distribution, then it just proves that the right-leaning media, while gaining ground, still has a ways to go.

predator on September 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM

CNN! The most trusted name in polling!

Probable sample: 54D/22R/24I

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Poll: Americans would blame Republicans more than Obama for a government shutdown

Either these polls are blatantly rigged or too many Americans are too freakin’ stupid.

Yakko77 on September 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Wait I’m supposed to believe a leftist communist poll, asking brain dead communist dumb-o-crats who the “American” people are going to blame on a *gasp* govment shut down! What a bunch of idiots! The truth is the communist left will blame the GOP and the Joseph Gobles news media will scream it as loud as they can!

Confederate on September 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Deal Reached; GOP afraid to come outside and play.

BobMbx on September 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Update: One last thing — the CNN poll doesn’t even offer Americans the option of blaming Senate Democrats. That’s a little misleading, don’t you think?

Extremely. It’s by far the most appropriate comparison, and they didn’t even offer it as an option. The media is absolutely corrupt and they are actively trying to misinform people. It’s disgusting.

forest on September 26, 2011 at 7:28 PM

the CNN poll doesn’t even offer Americans the option of blaming Senate Democrats. That’s a little misleading, don’t you think?

Heads I win, tails you lose.

peski on September 26, 2011 at 7:28 PM

“Americans” would blame REpublicans more than Obama for a gov. shutdown.

Duh, Democrat AMericans

maverick muse on September 26, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Either these polls are blatantly rigged or too many Americans are too freakin’ stupid.

Yakko77 on September 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

C: All of the above.

peski on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Effective September 22, 2011, Sonali De Rycker, age 38, and Chelsea Clinton, age 31, were elected to the Board of Directors of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Obviously, she bring s a wealth of personal knowledge (of what, I have no idea).

J_Crater on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Its going to be very very difficult to cut back government spending. Conservatives are going to have to have an iron will, get the GOP in full control of the government, and then push them off the edge, in the face of a hail of flak by Democrats and their sycophants.

People hate the government spending. But they hate the idea of a government shutdown even more (at least during these times, when more than a few are convinced that the government should be “helping” to “fix” the economy).

Revenant on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Oh a deal, great. I assume the pork for the Democrats’ corrupt Solyndra Green boondoggles is still intact.

forest on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

The Bill just passed, keeping the show running until the middle of November…

Per Fox.

Knucklehead on September 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Why is it these slug slimes can not deal with a year’s budget? We do a week or a month at a time and the trama of the US going down the tubes seen daily on the msm? If you can not do your job, dingy hang it up sugar, you and yours got gobs of taxpayers money, and we taxpayers are sick to death of this!
L

letget on September 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

The Senate initially wanted to allocate $7 billion for disaster relief next year, but ultimately Democrats agreed to the $3.65 billion figure set by House Republicans. Republicans want to offset that spending with a $1.5 billion cut in a program that provides loans for makers of high-efficiency cars and components, which Democrats say has created or protected about 40,000 jobs. Republicans also want to cut $100 million from a program that provided a loan guarantee for the solar-component company Solyndra LLC, which has since gone bankrupt and whose practices are under investigation.

In the past haven’t such intermediate budget resolutions avoided the injection of politically charged amendments into the process? The GOP spending cut proposals may be entirely justifiable, but is this the right time and mechanism for enacting spending cuts? What if the Dems propose a tax increase or military cuts which are unacceptable to the GOP? Is that fair game also?

Both sides need to pass

bayam on September 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

The GOP is full of cowards. Spineless, yellow bellied cowards.

madmonkphotog on September 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

So what did we give up for this
“agreement?”

sandee on September 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:26 PM

This is CNN…so I see a probable sample of 77D/10R/12I and 1 Jewish janitor over in the hallway.

Is this the same CNN which has polling saying Perry still has a good lead over the other GOP candidates?

If I were Perry, I’d be a lot worried at this point. /

coldwarrior on September 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

cool. Cajones passed the censors. ha

bridgetown on September 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Possibly because it doesn’t mean what you think it means. “Cajones” is Spanish for “drawers”. Swap the “a” for an “o” and you get something entirely different.

peski on September 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

a CNN poll shows a plurality of Americans would blame Republicans if the government did

What did you expect? It’s a CNN “poll”. Probably asked everyone in the CNN newsroom.

If that “poll” where to be believed, there are one heck of a lot of stupid people in this country. Are they even aware the US Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 800 days?

UPDATE: Oooops! Looks like Reid blinked again. Maybe CNN showed him the real poll numbers.

GarandFan on September 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

The Bill just passed, keeping the show running until the middle of November…

Per Fox.

Knucklehead on September 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

I think the first GOP candidate to come out and say the first order of business of their administration would be to pass a budget and avoid any talk of a government shutdown would walk away with the nomination.

The “threat” of this every couple of months is getting annoying to say the least.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Lets review!

Its those Meany old Tea Partiers that are throwing
a wrench,er,a tea bag,into the cogs of the Progressive
expediture fantasys!
=======================

Winning with Kamikaze Tactics
July 22, 2011
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Guerrilla armies refined the tactic and made it less pricey. Much lower cost suicide belts with explosives are now used by individuals to terrorize their enemies without having to sacrifice weapons systems.

Now, American politics has spawned its own kamikazes in the persona of ultra-right wing fanatics in suits who are ready to blow up the world financial system if they don’t get their way.
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The use of the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling was carefully calculated as a political weapon to terrorize financial institutions and governments by playing a game of their own version of apocalypse now.
(More…………)

http://consortiumnews.com/2011/07/22/winning-with-kamikaze-tactics/

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

If the public will blame the GOP for a government shutdown, then the only thing the GOP can do is let the democrats run government.

The GOP might as well go home, back to the farm, the ranch, the factory floor, and let the democrats run things until people get fed up with the democrats.

Skandia Recluse on September 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Our do-nothing government may be shut down.

How do we tell?

fogw on September 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Take the money we were going to give to Pakistan and give it all to FEMA, problem solved.

lowandslow on September 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

That would be fine if Republicans were to blame. But they’re so patently not. To go back a bit, the government has had to resort to Continuing Resolutions in the first place primarily because Democrats last year failed to pass appropriations bills and because the Democrat-controlled Senate still refuses to pass a budget.

Ahhhh.. can anyone else remember back in the day when the Press actually informed people?

Good times for the Republic. I’d say..

Chip on September 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Americans would blame Republicans more than Obama for a government shutdown;

That’s because Americans are dumber than week old calves….. And have the same overwhelming urge to suck at the teat.

Update: Deal reached to avert shutdown

That’s because Republican Legislators are just as dumb as the Americans in this poll, and twice as spineless.

LegendHasIt on September 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

The GOP is pathetic. Obama lies and people on the street believe him because the GOP (this includes the GOP nominees who are more concerned about fighting one another than Obama) will not challenge him or call him on it.

conservative pilgrim on September 26, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Take the money we were going to give to Pakistan and give it all to FEMA, problem solved.

lowandslow on September 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

And the U.N.

SouthernGent on September 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Remember Election 2010,its was about

Repeal the Healthcare
Cut Spending,

and returning to Sanity!

Keep da eye on da ball!!

And,Liberals want to keep spending….thats why the
War on the GOP/Tea Party….le ugharoo!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

***** Where are the GOP/Tea Party Counter-Protests***********

Le ugh,again!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

The funny thing is libtards are upset that Obama is caving to Republicans. Yet every time Republicans demand to cut spending, they cave at the last minute and increase spending by whatever amount Reid/Obama want.

angryed on September 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

The “threat” of this every couple of months is getting annoying to say the least.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

gophergirl:Exactly,the left are in Marching mode,whats next(?),
taking it to the streets!:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Do you ever wonder if the WH calls up CNN and says, “He’s feelin’ down today and he’s needin’ some tender love. Release a poll and ask who do you blame more? Obama? Or the eeeeeeevil R’s?”

I bet they do. It’s kindergarten at the WH and mourning in America.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The funny thing is libtards are upset that Obama is caving to Republicans. Yet every time Republicans demand to cut spending, they cave at the last minute and increase spending by whatever amount Reid/Obama want.

angryed on September 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

angryed:Yes,and therein,lies the frustation!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

gophergirl:Exactly,the left are in Marching mode,whats next(?),
taking it to the streets!:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Don’t wear yo be-room slippahs eithah sistah. You puts on dem boots!

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I bet they do. It’s kindergarten at the WH and mourning in America.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Key West Reader:OH MY EYE’s,Lefty journolister embeddation,
and political incest!haha:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM

gophergirl:Exactly,the left are in Marching mode,whats next(?),
taking it to the streets!:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Who knows and to be honest with this President – I really don’t want to find out.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM
Don’t wear yo be-room slippahs eithah sistah. You puts on dem boots!

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Key West Reader:Yes Ma’am,the *boots are on!:)

*(canopfor regrets the Sarah video,and is not responsible
for a Cuda thread hi-jacking)
(snark)
==========

Sarah Palin “These Boots Are Made For Walkin”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv50tY00ujs&feature=player_embedded

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

So what did we give up for this
“agreement?”

sandee on September 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

If the deal is as described (only $2.5B and budgeted under the cap), absolutely nothing.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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Who knows and to be honest with this President – I really don’t want to find out.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM

gophergirl:Yup,and that makes me wonder…his million man army,the,

National Civilian Security Forces?!:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Either these polls are blatantly rigged or too many Americans are too freakin’ stupid.

Yakko77 on September 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

C: All of the above.

peski on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

I’ll go with C.

Gang-of-One on September 26, 2011 at 7:53 PM

The funny thing is libtards are upset that Obama is caving to Republicans. Yet every time Republicans demand to cut spending, they cave at the last minute and increase spending by whatever amount Reid/Obama want.

angryed on September 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Though they didn’t in this case, if the agreement is as described. Reid wanted a much higher number and he refused to budget for it; however, now he’s agreed to a much lower number and agreed to budget for it under the cap. So they are not increasing spending.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Government Shutdown Scares Through the Years
Updated: September 26, 2011 | 7:11 p.m.
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(Graphs)

http://nationaljournal.com/congress/government-shutdown-scares-through-the-years-20110926

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

“Blame”, or “credit”?

malclave on September 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Obviously, she bring s a wealth of personal knowledge (of what, I have no idea).

J_Crater on September 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Have you seen a recent picture of her? She looks just like her mom. Wrinkles and all. And she ain’t even 30 yet.

Lanceman on September 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I think the first GOP candidate to come out and say the first order of business of their administration would be to pass a budget and avoid any talk of a government shutdown would walk away with the nomination.

The “threat” of this every couple of months is getting annoying to say the least.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

That would be great, but the candidates should hammer home at every opportunity that the Democrat-controlled Senate has not presented a budget in XXX days, and that is why the government continues to face the possibility of shutdowns with these continuing resolutions. Beat the Dems over the heads with their failure to follow the law.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Lets review,from Government Shutdown Part 1!
Which is why,Team Right are frustrated.
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Boehners Tweet
**************

It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts

April 5 2011
**************

http://twitter.com/#!/johnboehner/status/55289849791524864

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Here’s an interesting CNN nugget “poll”.

What exactly is an “international poll” measuring Obama’s performance? Do they have to go to Europe to get his favorables up? I don’t recall ever seeing an “international” poll…

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 8:03 PM

So what, shut it down if they want to, do not agree to this crap! The people in Greece are getting their eyes opened the real hard way, I would rather avoid that scenario.

bluemarlin on September 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Here’s an interesting CNN nugget “poll”.

What exactly is an “international poll” measuring Obama’s performance? Do they have to go to Europe to get his favorables up? I don’t recall ever seeing an “international” poll…

Key West Reader on September 26, 2011 at 8:03 PM

The MSM used to take them during the height of the Iraq War to show that the supposedly more moral and sophisticated Euros were still sneering at President Bush.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

That would be great, but the candidates should hammer home at every opportunity that the Democrat-controlled Senate has not presented a budget in XXX days, and that is why the government continues to face the possibility of shutdowns with these continuing resolutions. Beat the Dems over the heads with their failure to follow the law.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Exactly!

I bet none of us would be shocked to find the number of people that don’t know that there hasn’t been a budget running this country in like forever.

gophergirl on September 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The Bill just passed, keeping the show running until the middle of November…

Per Fox.

Knucklehead on September 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Good to know we’re stacking more cards on this house of cards ready to fall.

What could go wrong?

Yakko77 on September 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The chamber will invoke cloture on a new “clean CR” with about $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding, rather than the $3.65 billion in the latest continuing resolution that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered Friday. Senators will then immediately pass the bill. The bill also lasts through Nov. 18.

What am I missing? Are there spending cut offsets? Or are we just giving new spending but less than they wanted?

amerpundit on September 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Whatever happened to that old tradition of passing budgets?

ButterflyDragon on September 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Blame”, or “credit”?

malclave on September 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

My thought also. In a case like this, I see blame as being a very good thing.

lynncgb on September 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The chamber will invoke cloture on a new “clean CR” with about $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding, rather than the $3.65 billion in the latest continuing resolution that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered Friday. Senators will then immediately pass the bill. The bill also lasts through Nov. 18.

What am I missing? Are there spending cut offsets? Or are we just giving new spending but less than they wanted?

amerpundit on September 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

They do not need to offset it because the spending is being paid-for under the budget agreement.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM

But it’s a victory for conservatives because we changed the debate! Republicans are awesome!

elfman on September 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM

They do not need to offset it because the spending is being paid-for under the budget agreement.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Please source that.

elfman on September 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

So how many YEARS is it now that the United States has not had an official budget?

Where are the states’ attorney generals on this matter?

Jason Coleman on September 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

No matter who is at fault, blame the Republicans, Got it.

Dollayo on September 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

i don’t get it, how can they blame the gop, when they actually PASS their bills and the senate does NOTHING

oh i forgot, the lsm sends out the message via the WH….

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Update: One last thing — the CNN poll doesn’t even offer Americans the option of blaming Senate Democrats. That’s a little misleading, don’t you think?

aha!

they don’t talk about them at all on their shows as well…it’s just gop house vs dear leader…

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Please source that.

elfman on September 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Since FEMA has the money to last through the end of the fiscal year (FY 2011), they do not need the offset.(See also update.) Unless FEMA ultimately comes-up short, it should stay that way.

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

More:

“…The Senate was able to work around the impasse over disaster-relief spending because FEMA announced that it would not require any emergency funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (Sept. 30).

Democrats objected to a House-passed CR that provided $1 billion in emergency funding offset by spending cuts. FEMA’s announcement means that funding is no longer necessary. Accordingly, the Senate voted 79-12 to approve a “clean” CR that removes that emergency spending (and offsets) while still funding FEMA through next year to the tune of $2.65 billion, the level agreed to in the House bill (Senate Democrats wanted $6.9 billion.”

youngTXcon on September 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Note: Louis Gohmert’s (R-TX) bill to protect pay for active duty military in the case of a new-month “shutdown” is still stalled in committee in the House. It has 204 sponsors but it’s still stalled in committee.

It’s H.R. 1297.

Gohmert’s trying to force a vote but so far doesn’t have the votes for that. Military.com is following this.

I agree with Gohmert: our active duty personnel should not be having to worry about their pay every other month. If you do too, please call your Congressman.

J.E. Dyer on September 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

The end is near . . . it appears that the majority in this country are total, self engrossed idiots. Say goodbye to a once great nation and hello to the Marxist, nanny state.

rplat on September 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

This is what happens when leftists control the TV broadcast media, in addition to the print media. And it will not change until someone like Murdoch buys a MSM broadcast network like NBC or CBS. Hey, Koch brothers, where are you!

petefrt on September 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I took a poll that definitively shows that any poll that CNN takes is BS and should never be quoted as anything but BS ever again.

Let me know if you would like to see the internals.

Sporty1946 on September 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

WE discussed this last week, but now is the time for the Republicans in the House to give the Senate an ultimatum, November 13th, if there is no budget from the Senate, they will not pass another CR. They won’t accept the blame for it not being passed because they are giving the Senate over a month and a half to come up with a budget. Put out the word publicly, let people know, right now, that the onus is on the Democrats in the Senate and the President to get the job done. DOn’t wait, they aren’t going to play the game that the Senate passes a budget November 12th and they can’t read it, that’s what Democrats do.

They keep on getting played for patsies and there’s just no excuse for it. It’s time for Boehner to man-up and get the job done against these people. FOr the Democrats, it’s all fun and games. They don’t care about jobs, they don’t care about the country, all they care about is the next election and making the Republicans look bad and blaming the tea party. It’s time to take it to them.

bflat879 on September 26, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Can’t we just pass an actual budget once in a while?

Theophile on September 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM

If we get blamed for shutdowns, would we get credit for stopping the insane spending? No.

Can a successful diet be run by indulging in cheesecake, then skipping dinner so the calories balance out? No.

When will the conservatives begin to get the underlying message out to the people? It’s not about paying for law enforcement and education and what that represents – it’s about free cellphones to welfare recipients, and the entire waterfall of waste that represents.

disa on September 27, 2011 at 6:29 AM

So how many YEARS is it now that the United States has not had an official budget?

Where are the states’ attorney generals on this matter?

Jason Coleman on September 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

The Obama-fluffers in the media would dearly love to blame the Republican-controlled House for this, but they have a problem. People would want to know what the origin of this failure is. Not good for Dems, so they keep quiet.

SKYFOX on September 27, 2011 at 6:37 AM

So this is nothing but a poll of how stupid today’s CNN viewer is, is it?

MNHawk on September 27, 2011 at 7:14 AM