Tensions High over Budget Deal

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Details of the budget bill that will come up for a vote on Thursday have started to emerge, as speculation builds as to whether dissent in the wings of the Republican and Democrat camps might lead to the bill’s defeat. Failure to pass the bill would lead to a partial government shut down, a possibility that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor dismissed on Tuesday, claiming that the bill had the votes to pass. However, although it is true reluctant Republican budget hawks in the House voted for the stop-gap spending bill that was posed last week, fewer of them are expected do so in the case of this bill. By no means a fait accompli, pressured GOP leadership has been hastening to secure support necessary from their colleagues to stave off an undesired and unlikely coalescence of fiscal and big government hard-liners.

Republican objections to the paltry cuts brokered in last week’s budget deal by Democrats and the GOP are not difficult to find. “While I respect that some of my Republican colleagues will ultimately support this spending deal, I believe voters are asking us to set our sights higher,” Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), said in a statement, explaining why he would not be voting for the bill.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), was considerably less circumspect in a letter to colleagues urging them to vote no on the bill. “The much-ballyhooed 2011 continuing resolution will leave the federal government spending $1.6 trillion more than it takes in,” he wrote. “The only ‘good news’ from the 2011 CR would be that it adds less debt than President Obama’s plan, but it does not appreciably change the accumulation of debt.”

The budget proposal reduces spending by $39.9 billion, as compared to President Obama’s proposed budget. As Senator Paul observed, the 2011 budget as a whole remains a “deficit budget” that will just as surely increase the national debt, just not quite as quickly. While passing a balanced budget was never considered even a remote possibility by hard-line fiscal conservatives, the spending reduction seemed pitifully small.

Yet others, particularly GOP leadership, continue to whistle past the graveyard. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressed sympathy with his colleague’s frustrations, but said this was the best deal the GOP was going to get this year. “I know that Jim Jordan and others are frustrated; I’m frustrated too,” he said. “The House position was $61 billion. This is the best deal we could have gotten, given the situation we were served up by the Democrats being in charge of the Senate and the White House.”

On the other end of the political spectrum, some Democrats from the far-left complained that spending cuts were too deep to tolerate. “I’ll probably vote against it if the cuts are as draconian as they have been,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), told Fox News. Seventy Representatives voted against the stop-gap spending measure last week and most of them were Democrats who objected to making spending cuts.

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  • fingaz

    Is this a conservative site? I always thought it was, but this article is full of the same twisted logic and imaginative use of language the left uses to present a distorted view of reality. We are all in deep do-do, and arguing over ~$40 billion is laughable.

    I am bitterly disappointed in Republican Leadership, and if the Speaker (who is no where near as effective as his predecessor) and his co-horts don't get their act together, and NOW, it will be too late. It might already be so…

    • aamador

      You will find no disagreement on my part. I am having a fit over this scam they call budget cuts. In the time it took to reach the agreement the Govt had already spent way over that amount. Give me a break!

  • davarino

    Limp wristed repubs dont have the guts to push it and take it to the American people to make their case. If it was explained to the majority of people they would agree that we have to do more. Money doenst grow on trees and it doenst come from the government. It comes from you and me and there is only so much of it.

  • tanstaafl

    Arguing over the color of the marigolds in the front yard while the house burns down.

  • mike c

    The cuts need to be deeper! Heck A Trillion in cuts would not be enough but would be a great start!! Stopping All foreign aid to countires that want to hurt us needs to stop! UN crap needs to stop and run them out of this country! However; I cant blame the senate republicans for the problems! The big dog at the top in the white house is the problem right now. Also senate dems. Remember that 2012 is coming up and it will take time to clear up the trash!! When certain members of the senate get fired and a new president gets elected { dont forget to keep up the pressure!!} Then, Maybe we can get on track!!

  • mike c

    OPPS, I mean Libya.

  • Dennis X

    Make corporations paid their fair share!!!!

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

    The seven dwarfs always left to go to work in the mine early each morning.

    As always, Snow White stayed home doing her domestic chores.

    As lunchtime approached, she would prepare their lunch and carry it to the mine.

    One day as she arrived at the mine with the lunch, she saw that there had been a terrible cave-in.

    Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began calling out, hoping against hope that the dwarfs had somehow survived.

    “Hello…Hello!” she shouted, “Can anyone hear me? Hello!”

    For a long while, there was no answer. Losing hope, Snow White again shouted, “Hello! Is anyone down there?”

    Just as she was about to give up all hope, she heard a faint voice from deep within the mine, singing: “Re-elect Barack Obama, vote for Barack Obama….”

    Snow White fell to her knees and prayed, “Oh, thank you, God!

    At least Dopey is still alive.”

  • http://theoldgeek.com Bob Madden

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that even the paltry 38 billion that was negotiated was all smoke,and mirrors anyway. A NO vote should be a NO-brainer on this one.