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  • EPA riders axed, lawmakers say

    04/08/2011 3:27:48 PM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/11 | DARREN GOODE
    An evolving deal to avoid a government shutdown would include a study of the economic effect of environmental regulations rather than Republican riders to block EPA rules on climate change and mountaintop mining, senior Senate Democrats and a key House Republican say. That would be a major victory for Democrats and environmental groups who have been fighting to keep policy riders on a host of regulations out of any deal. “EPA riders as proposed by the House will not be included,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters. He said the deal could include a study instead. “It’s one...
  • NFCU Contingency Plan

    04/08/2011 3:19:45 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 2 replies
    Navy Federal Credit Union ^ | 4/8/2011 | NFCU
    This is WHY I LOVE my Credit Union. Sailors taking care of ALL DoD!
  • Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdown (Hussein violates Constitution?)

    04/08/2011 2:10:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/08/11 | Kevin Bogardus
    Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdownBy Kevin Bogardus - 04/08/11 02:25 PM ET The nation's largest federal employee union sued the Obama administration Friday, seeking the repayment of wages lost during a government shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) says in its lawsuit that the administration has violated the Constitution's appropriations clause and the 13th Amendment by requiring employees to work without pay during a federal closure. “Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be required to work during a shutdown, and there’s no guarantee that Congress will keep the administration’s promise...
  • Poll: Apportioning blame for the budget deadlock

    04/08/2011 1:54:37 PM PDT · by blondee123 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/08/2011 | Reuters
  • What Would Reagan Do?

    04/08/2011 1:32:03 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 2 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-08-11 | The Region Rat
    Mr. Speaker, you’re no Ronald Reagan. I’ve been wondering what Ronald Reagan would think of the current budget debate, and how he might respond to the scare tactics of Barrack Obama and the Democratic party. After revisiting some of my favorite Reaganisms, doing a bit of “cut and paste,” and adding a few words of my own, I believe he would say something similar to the following: My fellow Americans, today the Republican Party made a decision to stand on principle, and allow the shutdown of the federal government. While the other side is using every scare tactic at their...
  • Optimism in the House (Anonymous "House staffer" emails Ben that Speaker told him deal is close)

    04/08/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/2011 | Ben Smith
    A House staffer emails: "The Speaker just told a member that he thinks they will get a deal by the end of the day."
  • CWA: President Obama & Senate Democrats have no Excuse for “Shutting Down” the Federal Government

    04/08/2011 1:16:03 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    President Obama & Senate Democrats have no Excuse for “Shutting Down” the Federal Government Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union Grover Norquist, Present, Americans for Tax Reform William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste James Miller III, former Reagan Budget Director Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union Richard Viguerie, Chairman,
  • Is a government “shutdown” the end of the world as we know it?

    04/08/2011 1:09:43 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 3 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-08-11 | The Region Rat
    THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE MESSAGE ONCE AGAIN In a recent post on the budget fight, I wrote of the Democrats’ historical ability to win the war of words in Wahington; and therefore, control the debate. It’s been that way since Ronald Reagan jetted off to California. Their latest effort is impressive indeed; Democrats and their water-carriers in the media are pulling out all the stops and it’s a pathetic site to behold. From Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous assertion that six million seniors face sure starvation under Republican-proposed cuts, to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s shameful claim that the GOP version of the...
  • Budget Impasse Over EPA Worth Having

    04/08/2011 12:19:07 PM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 4/8/2011 | RUSS HARDING
    At the time of this writing it remains to be seen if the federal government will be subject to a partial shutdown due to budget wrangling in Congress. The difference in budget reduction dollar amounts has become almost meaningless as reductions in the $30 billion range are tiny compared to the trillions of dollars of red ink the federal government is piling up. The fight over budget language that would limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to bypass Congress with a series of rulemakings that are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making traditional fossil-fueled energy more...
  • Pass a budget -- for Rep. Linda Sanchez

    04/08/2011 11:16:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/8/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Yesterday, in the wake of stories about military families not receiving full pay, House Republicans had the right response. They passed a stopgap continuing resolution to guarantee military spending and pay. The bill passed by a 247-181 vote. That's right, 181 members -- mostly Dems, but also Rep. Michele Bachmann and five other Repubs -- voted to deprive the military of paychecks. For his part, Obama pledged to veto the measure . . .
  • Idled Federal Workers Will Still Get Some Pay, Via Jobless Benefits

    04/08/2011 11:14:32 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NASDAQ ^ | April 8, 2011 | Louise Radnofsky
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- If Congress shuts down the federal government, Washington will still end up paying hundreds of thousands of employees who are sent home. Idled federal workers can apply for unemployment compensation from the states in which they work, and the federal government will pick up the tab. Whether they get their full back pay once a shutdown is resolved is less clear. After the 1995 and 1996 federal government shutdowns, Congress approved back pay for furloughed employees. Federal employee unions say they will fight for a similar measure again. The Department of Labor has told state unemployment agencies...
  • Democrat stonewalling over Planned Parenthood funding leading toward gov’t shutdown

    04/08/2011 10:59:37 AM PDT · by topher · 22 replies ^ | 08-April-2011 | by Kathleen Gilbert
    Democrat stonewalling over Planned Parenthood funding leading toward gov’t shutdown by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Apr 08 12:20 PM EST WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2011 ( - The sole issue preventing Congress from agreeing on a budget bill and threatening to shut down the government is the GOP effort - and Democrats’ unwillingness - to end funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood, Democratic party leaders have admitted. While Democrats are blaming Republicans for the looming government shutdown, both Democrat leaders and President Obama initiated the arm-twisting this week by vowing to block GOP efforts to continue funding U.S. troops and other...
  • Sarah Palin: Commander in Chief’s Appalling Action with Our Troops

    04/08/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 68 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | April 8, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Yesterday the House passed H.R. 1363, which funds our Department of Defense and our military for the rest of the year at their current levels. It allows for the continuation of current military operations, which is pretty important when you’re fighting three wars. It also funds the government for another week and cuts $12 billion in wasteful spending. So why would the Commander in Chief declare that he will veto this? Why would he play politics at the expense of our troops who are putting everything on the line to protect us? Memo to the President: I doubt the insurgents...
  • Gov't shutdown could hit federal workers in wallet

    04/08/2011 10:21:23 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 21 replies ^ | 8 Apr 11 | Sam Hananel
    WASHINGTON — Last time there was a government shutdown, furloughed federal workers were able to recover their lost pay. They may not be so lucky this time. Congress would have to decide whether an estimated 800,000 government employees could recoup back wages if they are forced to stay out of work. When workers were sidelined during the most recent partial shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, Congress quickly voted to make them whole. But that was during flush economic times and before Tea Party conservatives wielded influence over GOP lawmakers, seeking smaller government and deeper spending cuts. "It was a very...
  • Budget Debate Live (Senate) - (RATS on the Ropes)

    04/08/2011 8:46:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 110 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8 April 2011
    Every word Durbin speaks, makes me proud of the House Republicans
  • Who's to blame for government shutdown? (CNBC Poll)

    04/08/2011 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 30 replies
    CNBC is running a poll on the Government shutdown...
  • Why it smells like a deal

    04/08/2011 9:25:57 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/8/11 | Philip Klein
    What this suggests to me is that the ultimate deal, as most veteran observers expected all along, will be that Democrats will agree to more spending cuts and that Republicans will agree to drop the Planned Parenthood provision. By making the statements they have today, when a deal is reached, Reid and President Obama could tell the frustrated liberal base that they fought to protect "women's health" (their euphamism for Planned Parenthood). Meanwhile, Boehner will tout the spending cuts they were able to extract from Reid in the face of conservative criticism for caving on funding for the nation's largest...
  • Dem Sanchez Tries To Drown Out Republican With 'Broke Because of Bush' Chant

    04/08/2011 9:22:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Loretta Sanchez would need to multiply her maturity quotient to qualify as juvenile . . During an interview on MSNBC this morning on the subject of the budget and possible government shutdown, the Dem congresswoman from California tried to drown out her Republican colleague from New York, Michael Grimm, by chanting "broke because of Bush." View video here.
  • Climate Riders Invite a Midnight Shutdown (Dems' support for Cap and Tax threatens Shutdown)

    04/08/2011 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Qbert · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | April 8, 2011 | EVAN LEHMANN
    Urgent efforts to avert a government shutdown at midnight faltered yesterday over Republican initiatives to freeze climate rules, a challenge to the president's environmental priorities at the outset of his re-election bid. [Snip] ...Although Democrats highlight just two Republican obstacles to an agreement -- riders on EPA and abortion -- those challenges can include multiple provisions. Republicans say that all 68 amendments attached to their budget-cutting bill, H.R. 1, passed in February are in play during the deadline negotiations. The riders scissor funding from an array of programs, but the emphasis is on EPA regulations and environmental policies. [Snip] Nineteen...
  • Governor Palin: Shut It Down

    04/08/2011 8:23:37 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 90 replies
    Palin TV ^ | April 8, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin tweeted the following: Presidential nonsense. MT “@ShannonBream: BREAKING! Pres will veto 1-week spending bill to avoid govt shutdown if Congress passes” So, now… $4T later, leaderless govt digs further debt, bickers over cutting peanuts – peanuts we don’t even have. It’s unsustainable! Let him shut it. Obama’s petulant obstruction = shutdown MT”@Heritage: Blame President & Sen 4 partial shutdown @BrianHDarling explains: “
  • The Entire Government May Shut Down Because of Planned Parenthood.

    04/08/2011 8:19:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    According to Senator Harry Reid, Democrats and Republicans have agreed on $38 billion worth of cuts. The only sticking point, he says, is funding of Planned Parenthood. Good to know. In the meantime, John Boehner is due to give an update any minute now and Harry Reid has a floor speech planned for 11 Update Boehner is talking now... We're getting closer to a deal, but that's not it. He says the Democrats should pass a "Troop Funding Bill" so that troops will be paid during the shutdown no matter what. Update 11:04: Now Harry Reid is talking... Talking specifically...
  • JON CARROLL { Surviving the government shutdown }

    04/08/2011 7:59:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/8/11 | Jon Carroll
    The first thing is not to panic. Your government may very well shut down as of midnight tonight, but that doesn't mean that you still can't smell the flowers and watch the television and run over the hills for just miles and miles, smiling as you notice your incredible lung capacity. None of that has anything to do with the government. Except if you do your running or your flower sniffing in a national park. They'll all be closed. You could sneak in, of course, because who'd be there to stop you? But this column does not recommend sneaking into...
  • Polls: Public Fury at Budget Impasse Surges — Voters Turn to Tea Party

    04/08/2011 7:55:41 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 07 Apr 2011 | David A. Patten
    The war of words over a possible government shutdown escalated sharply Thursday afternoon, even as polls suggest voters are increasingly angry over the political games that are standing in the way of budget cuts and a deal to fund federal operations. Members of both parties jeered each other on the floor of the House Thursday, as congressional decorum appeared to break down. At one point Democrats chanted “Bush, Bush, Bush!” in an effort to blame the nations budget woes on former President George W. Bush. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reminded colleagues: “We are trying to do the business...
  • WATCH: Rep. Jim Moran Gets Testy With Veteran at Town Hall: Sit Down or Leave

    04/08/2011 6:56:32 AM PDT · by · 18 replies
    Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) held a town hall meeting on April 7 about the possibility of a government shutdown. During the event, a veteran stood up and questioned him why he isn’t in Congress right now working out a deal so the troops can get funding. Moran began answering the mans questioned then got testy and told him to sit down or leave. Moran has a history of anger issues. For example, in 2000 Moran stooped as low to accuse an 8-year boy, who was a straight-A student, of trying to steal his car. During the incident, Moran began choking...
  • Obama Then, "I Won" & Now, "Getting Your Way Is Not How It Works"

    04/07/2011 9:10:40 PM PDT · by Tina Grazier · 11 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/7/11 | Toby Jones
    It must be nice belonging to a political party that not only has amnesia about the things they say and do, but also knows the media will not remind the public. It has only been two years since Obama invited the Republicans into the White House for an eye to eye meeting about the way they will all work together. Unfortunately for the GOP, Obama had no intention of working with them, instead he told them to their face, "I WON", "and you have no say in how things will be done". Pretty ballsy statement for a man who...
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    04/07/2011 8:01:42 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 5 replies
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  • With Government Shutdown Looming… Obama Plans Weekend Getaway

    Unreal. Life’s a party. With the government shutdown looming… Obama plans his weekend getaway. Daily Press reported: The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget. President Obama and the First Family are planning to visit the area this weekend in what the White House described Wednesday as a “long-planned family trip to Colonial Williamsburg.” But the trip might get grounded if a government shutdown can’t be averted by Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
  • Democrat: Government Shutdown Like 'Bombing Innocent Civilians' (Schumer mum on 'extremism')

    04/07/2011 7:47:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/07/11
    Democrat: Government Shutdown Like 'Bombing Innocent Civilians'April 07, 2011 Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D -DC) was on fire when she spoke to FOX 5 Morning News Thursday about how Washington, D.C. residents are being treated as work to avoid a government shutdown continues. "We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians," she said. "It's time that the District of Columbia told the Congress to go straight to hell," Norton continued after explaining how an attached rider to the latest bill prevented D.C. from spending its own money on abortions for low income women. Read the...
  • I Am A Federal Employee

    04/07/2011 6:13:38 PM PDT · by Poundstone · 117 replies ^ | April 6, 2011 | Kelly Arsenault
    As we draw closer to a government shutdown, I have been reading with great interest. You see, I am a federal employee employed at Fort Drum as a civilian mail clerk. I am looking at the possibility of a furlough for as long as it takes for Congress to reach an agreement. It could be days or it could be weeks, but regardless of how long, I am more concerned at how much. How much will this affect my family? How much will it hurt us financially? The uncertainty is maddening as I, and my fellow federal workers, watch the...
  • Bachmann Refusing Congressional Pay During Government Slowdown; Donating to Military Families

    04/07/2011 3:52:45 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Michele Bachmann ^ | April 7, 2011 | Michele Bachmann
    Bachmann Refusing Congressional Pay During Government Slowdown; Donating to Military Families Washington, Apr 7 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) issued the following statement concerning pay to Members of Congress in the event that government services are disrupted by the lack of a federal budget: "The current budget fiasco in Washington is a direct result of the failure of Democrats to propose and pass a budget when they were in control of the House of Representatives last year. It now rests with President Obama and this Congress to make sure that a federal budget is in place tomorrow. But if that...
  • Harry Reid rejects one-week deal to avoid government shutdown (Rats shutting down the Government)

    04/06/2011 4:39:58 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/6/2011 | By MEREDITH SHINER
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed the House GOP’s move to pass another stop-gap spending measure on Wednesday evening, a few hours before he is slated to meet with Speaker John Boehner (R-Oho) at the White House. Reid’s attacks on the House’s one-week offer that also funds the Department of Defense for a year, was the latest message from the Hill that a deal to keep the government running is not imminent. “Instead of solving the crisis the way we should, instead of saying ‘yes’ .. what they’re going to do is pass what they’ll call another short-term stop-gap...
  • Dems ready to shut down govt. - it's about abortion, stupid!

    04/07/2011 2:19:47 PM PDT · by Sun · 2 replies
    Just as they did with Obamacare, the Dems won't give up tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood to pass the budget, and this time even if they have to shut down the government! Sadly, abortion is legal, but that's not enough. They want us to pay Planned Parenthood CLAIMING it's for women's health. But according to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, who is now prolife, the money all goes to the same account at the end of the day. I'm sure many pro-lifers have figured that this about abortion, but if you want an in-depth analysis, listen to...
  • Shutdown looms - it's mostly Republicans' fault

    04/07/2011 12:49:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/7/11 | Editor
    Washington is at the brink, pushed there by a Republican budget plan too far-fetched to believe.
  • In past, Democrats embraced policy riders

    04/07/2011 12:33:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/7/2011 | Jonathan Allen
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama hate policy riders. They have no place in spending bills, the top Democrats have said during the latest budget debate. Unless, of course, they’re Democratic policy riders. “We’re happy to debate these, but on a legislative vehicle, not a spending vehicle,” Reid said Thursday. Republicans say that’s a different tune than he was singing in 2009, when he, President Barack Obama and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi loaded such riders onto a government-funding bill similar to the one now being negotiated. A senior Democratic aide said the two aren’t comparable. Among the...
  • Democratic congresswoman complains she can't afford to give up her paycheck

    04/07/2011 11:55:19 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7 Apr 2011 | Jeff Poor
    With 8.8 percent unemployment across the country and more than 8 million people claiming unemployment benefits, one California congresswoman wants people to know they’re not the only ones facing financial hardship. Who else might be? The lawmaker herself. In an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Democratic California Rep. Linda Sánchez talked about the downsides of a federal government shutdown. Some lawmakers, to the seriousness of the issue, have said they would forgo their paychecks in the event of that shutdown. Sanchez explained she just can’t afford to go along with that idea. “I have to tell you that I live paycheck-to-paycheck,...
  • Govt Shutdown = Paid Vacation For Some Workers?

    04/07/2011 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies ^ | April 6, 2011 | by Mike Opelka
    Government Shutdown. That’s the topic du jour in the Newsiverse. But is a government shutdown as terrifying as these talking heads are leading us to believe? Maybe it is a very bad thing if you are one of the people about to be furloughed, then again, maybe not.There are some 800,000 government employees who are considered ‘non essential’ and they are all being told of their status today, just in case a last-minute deal is not struck.Who qualifies as essential and gets to stay on the job? Our troops, air traffic controllers and postal workers are considered to be ‘essential’ and...
  • Dem Congresswoman Complains She Can't Afford to Give Up Paycheck in the Event of Shutdown

    04/07/2011 11:36:00 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 7, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    With 8.8 percent unemployment across the country and more than 8 million people claiming unemployment benefits, one California congresswoman wants people to know they’re not the only ones facing financial hardship. Who else might be? The lawmaker herself. In an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Democratic California Rep. Linda Sánchez talked about the downsides of a federal government shutdown. Some lawmakers, to the seriousness of the issue, have said they would forgo their paychecks in the event of that shutdown. Sanchez explained she just can’t afford to go along with that idea. “I have to tell you that I live paycheck-to-paycheck,...
  • Boehner: 'Far more than one provision' holding up agreement

    04/07/2011 10:49:47 AM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/07/11 | Alexander Bolton, Sam Youngman and Russell Berman
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday there is “far more than one provision” holding up a budget agreement to prevent a government shutdown that would begin this weekend.   “Talks to resolve last year’s budget mess are progressing, but there is no agreement yet,” Boehner told reporters at a press conference in the Capitol. “No agreement on the numbers and no agreement on the policy issues that were moved through the House.”   Boehner spoke about 90 minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was "not nearly as optimistic" about averting a government shutdown a day...
  • Obama vows to veto short-term bill

    04/07/2011 9:59:53 AM PDT · by triumphant values · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2011 | Stephen Dinian
    The White House has vowed to veto the short-term spending bill House Republicans will vote on this afternoon, taking away the safety net that could have given both sides another week to avert an immediate government shutdown. Without a short-term extension, the options would be narrowed to either a broad successful deal or a shutdown as of midnight Friday. “If presented with this bill, the president will veto it,” the White House said in an official statement of policy. The House bill would extend the shutdown deadline by another week, to April 15, while funding defense needs for the rest...
  • Obama vows to veto short-term bill

    UPDATE: GOP seeks 1-week extension... OBAMA SAYS NO... Obama vows to veto short-term bill The White House has vowed to veto the short-term spending bill House Republicans will vote on this afternoon, taking away the safety net that could have given both sides another week to avert an immediate government shutdown. Without a short-term extension, the options would be narrowed to either a broad successful deal or a shutdown as of midnight Friday. “If presented with this bill, the president will veto it,” the White House said in an official statement of policy. The House bill would extend the shutdown...
  • OH NO, it is 1995 all over again!!!!!

    04/07/2011 10:19:42 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 13 replies
    me | 04-07-11
    Oh No! It is 1995 all over again. The GOP is going to get blamed for the shut down!!! or so the latest hand wringing line from the Pseudo Conservative pundits in the Junk media goes. News for the Faux Conservatives, it is not 1995 any more. Only problem with this Junk media dreamed up scenario of impending GOP doom, This isn't 1995. In 1995: Fox News did not exist. The Internet was still a cool new toy being used by maybe 10,000 techno geeks The GOP had only 1 national talk radio show(Rush Limbaugh) on their side. The Tea...
  • Gates to troops: Yes, you’ll get paid in a gov’t shutdown … for a week

    04/07/2011 9:41:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/7/11 | Ed Morrissey
    ABC News reports this morning that Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with troops in Baghdad this morning, in part to discuss their concerns over a government shutdown. After joking that the best policy is to make sure the folks with the guns get paid first, Gates then told the men and women on the front lines that they needn’t worry. After studying the issue, Gates says they will get paid if the budget runs out tomorrow … for a week: Speaking to a group of 200 soldiers in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Gates drew Army cheers of “Hooah” from the crowd...
  • A Ronald Reagan Budget

    04/07/2011 9:01:15 AM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    Nothing like Paul Ryan's budget, "The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America's Promise," has been heard from a Republican since February 1981, when Ronald Reagan issued his presidency's first budget message, "America's New Beginning: A Program for Economic Recovery." The echoes reach beyond the titles. Both budgets announced a clear break with the Washington status quo. Reagan reversed the policies of the Carter presidency and the infamous stagflation years of weak economic growth, 18% interest rates and 14% inflation. Reagan's 1981 message posited four reversals: "a substantial reduction" in spending; "a significant reduction in federal tax rates"; relief from federal regulation;...
  • Federal shutdown would hit California hard

    04/07/2011 8:17:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/7/11 | Cassie Myers, California News Service
    The Border Patrol would remain on duty, mail would be delivered, and Social Security checks should go out on time. But a looming government shutdown could stall tax refunds, close national parks and museums, and put tens of thousands of Californians temporarily out of work. Stopgap measures have kept government operations going since the current budget year began Oct. 1. The latest measure expires at the end of Friday, and with Democrats and Republicans unable to reach an agreement, the White House has told agencies to begin planning for a shutdown on Saturday. California has a huge population of federal...
  • Government Shutdown Myths. A shutdown isn't the catastrophe some think it is.

    04/07/2011 6:49:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 04/07/2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    My first thought on hearing about the possible government shutdown at the end of this week, when spending authority is scheduled to run out, was relief. Perhaps I won't have to pay my taxes by April 18. A friend who works in a government agency told me that his co-workers want the government to be shut down. They hope for a few days of "unpaid" furlough because they are confident that when Congress does approve new spending legislation it will vote, as it did in 1995 and in the mid 1980s, to pay them for their time off. SNIP SNIP...
  • Obama Meeting Fails to End Stalemate Over Federal Budget [Talks Collapse]

    04/06/2011 8:11:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 06, 2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Obama Meeting Fails to End Stalemate Over Federal Budget By MICHAEL D. SHEAR Published: April 6, 2011 President Obama met at the White House on Wednesday night with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, but they failed to reach an agreement to end a budget stalemate that has threatened to shut down the government. President Obama arrived on the south lawn of the White House Wednesday after a trip to Philadelphia and New York, headed for talks with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. After the meeting...
  • The Countdown to a Government Shutdown

    04/06/2011 7:26:30 PM PDT · by bostonconsercative · 5 replies
    The Boston Conservative Wordpress ^ | April 6, 2011 | Boston Conservative
    The standoff of a century is currently taking place in Washington, DC right now (even though the century is only 11 years old). If Congress can’t come to a spending agreement by Friday, the government will shut down for the first time since 1995. This moment has been staved off the past couple of months through continuing resolutions and stopgap measures that pay to keep government operating, but they’re temporary solutions that merely kick the can down the road. Now it appears we’re at the end of the road, and the clock has run out on Congress. We’re down to...
  • Government Shutdown Looms...

    04/06/2011 5:48:52 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 10 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | April 6, 2011 | Neoavatara
    Two days remain before (the horror!) the federal government shuts down. Speaker Boehner is playing hardball, though. He told President Obama today that Republicans would pass another stop gap measure on Thursday. The catch? The measure would have $12 billion in cuts, and would also assure Defense Department funding for the rest of the year. GOP aides have coined the stopgap measure a “troop-funding bill” - attempting to make it difficult for lawmakers in either party to oppose. “Republicans have no interest in shutting down the government,” an exasperated Boehner declared at the conclusion of his press conference. “Shutting down...
  • GOP marches toward guvment shutdown

    04/06/2011 10:17:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/6/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    House Republicans will demonstrate a very short memory and very bad arithmetic skills if they allow the government to shut down this weekend over $30 billion in spending cuts and red-meat policy riders on abortion and the rest. Closing the national parks alone will create a maelstrom. . . . prepare to watch them self-destruct. The party took years to recover from the 1995 shutdown and sowed the seeds of the big-spending Bush presidency.
  • Harry Reid: 'Get the job done'

    04/06/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Harry Reid: 'Get the job done' By: Meredith Shiner April 6, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a rallying cry from the Senate floor Wednesday morning to negotiators working round-the-clock to hammer out a spending deal: “It’s time to get the job done.” In what Reid called “nonstop” negotiations between Senate Democrats, Boehner and the White House, there doesn’t seem to be much room left to give. Republicans have rejected a $33 billion level for cuts. Democrats rejected Boehner’s $40 billion offering Tuesday. And neither side seems ready to pass another stop-gap measure to keep the government...