Budget showdown and veto threat
April 7th, 2011
01:23 PM ET

Budget showdown and veto threat


(WASHINGTON) CNN–The budget showdown continues as President Obama says he will veto a Republican proposal to extend funding for the government for one week.  The White House issued a statement saying, "This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy." 

Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called an emergency one-week government funding measure vote scheduled by the Republican-controlled House a "nonstarter." The measure, which would fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year, would cut overall spending by another $12 billion.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner insists "there is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate not to follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and keep the government open." (click here for full story)

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  1. ServingMyCountry

    Whenever I hear about a State or the Federal Government's inability to pass the budget by the deadline, I realize that the lateness never affects them. If the individuals in Congress, and Governor or President, was not paid for any day that they were late (with no payback for missed days after it was passed) then the budget would never be late. Additionally, I would hope as a member of the US military, that if I am not to be paid for defending my country on Monday, then my Commander-in-Chief and the members of congress would stand up as an example and choose not be paid as well.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  2. Helen

    I don't think the military should be included in a shut down. They are essential. I think congress should not get paid. I do hope the democrats and the president stand up for planned parenthood. The republicans seem hell bent on destroying programs that help the poor. Why do they have a vendetta against poor women and health care? They need to cut subsidies to oil companies, get rid of speculators on wall street who are killing the economy by bidding up oil prices. Maybe speculators need to be taxed a lot more as well a CEO's ;who lay off people and still receive a big bonus.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  3. Howard

    Hairy Reid is a liar. He is using women's health rights as a diversion, when the real issue is Obama and his corrupt cronies waited till the last minute to push through a ridiculous budget, sacraficing crumbs, while irresponsibly squandering Trillions. Save America and Dump the traitors, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi !!!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm |