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No Deal on the Budget

Talks between President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not result in a compromise on the budget, but the happy group will reconvene at 7:00 pm to try to nail one down.

Reid, Boehner head to the White House mikes.
photo by Keith Koffler

Boehner and Reid appeared briefly at the microphones at the White House to call for flexibility and suggest that a government shutdown would horrible for everyone for everyone and blah blah blah blah blah.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today evinced greater optimism that Boehner and Reid about the prospects for a deal. Carney rolled out budget official Jeff Zients at the start of the briefing to detail the various calamities that would ensue were the government to shut down, with clear message that it would all be due to political games being played by Republicans.

POLITICO is reporting that Boehner’s number for cuts is at about $39 billion, while the Dems and the White House are offering $34-$35 billion. But differences also remain over the assumptions undergirding those numbers and policy issues that Republicans want to attach to the budget deal.

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9 Responses to No Deal on the Budget

  1. 1. Shut it down.
    2. The Rep’s need to get OFF their ass and go on the PR offensive and go AFTER the Democrats (dont mention Obama’s name, let him drift endlessly in the wind as he has for the past 3 years).
    3. Get on every *conservative* talk show and go after Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the Marxists.
    4. Impeach Obama.

  2. Shut it down. Shut the government down and give me the chance to swing up to DC to find some poor, weepy furloughed worker who needs a shoulder to cry on.

  3. I agree wholeheartedly. SHUT IT DOWN NOW!! And no paychecks for prez, congress, czars, cabinet, etc. These people make enough money anyway. TWe CANNOT keep passing resolution after resolution. Impeach/recall the idiots who cannot or will not do their job and get the job done! I say they should CUT MORE from the budget. $39 billion is not much in the big scheme of things.

  4. Don’t you see–these pols can miss many paychecks and not notice. Others can’t. And this will be blamed on the Republicans–press, people! The press is already rolling out the sob stories–will the zoo animals starve, soldiers will not be paid, etc due to the big bad greedy Republicans who are attacking our nice, sweet, cool president. The best we could get is a pox on both houses–and I am thinking the pox will only be infecting one of them.

  5. When did the tax cut shrink to $39B? Congress passed a bill for $61B in cuts and Boehner needs to stick with it. Otherwise, shut it down. Paul Ryan’s budget will never see the light of day if they cave now.

  6. There is no reason to cave. There is a continuing resolution to extend the talks for another week and it takes the military budget off the table. The Republicans should run adds or whatever it takes to alert the American public to this fact They also need to make it clear Srs. will get their checks.