Federal government shutdown avoided for at least a week

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Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 10:01 am | More from The Iowa Independent

With roughly an hour to spare before a midnight deadline, federal lawmakers and President Barack Obama struck a deal to avoid a shutdown of the federal government — at least for this week.

“We will cut $78.5 billion below the president’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wrote in a joint statement.

Federal funding for Planned Parenthood was kept intact despite the deep cuts.

“We protected the investments we need to win the future,” said Obama. “At the same time, we also made sure at the end of the day this was a debate about spending cuts — not social issues like women’s health and the protection of our air and water. These are important issues that deserve discussion, just not during a debate about our budget.”

In addition to the larger budget deal, lawmakers quickly passed a short-term funding extension late Friday night (Senate) and early Saturday morning (House), which will allow the government to continue operations through Thursday, April 14. President Obama is expected to sign the measure later Saturday.

“Tonight, at the eleventh hour, House Republican leadership backed off of their threats to shut down the government over a policy that had nothing to do with budgeting – cancer screenings and other preventative health care for women,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). “Now that this debate is over, Congress can refocus on the budget for the next fiscal year and the long term. It remains my hope that the next proposal will include spending cuts and necessary revenue increases, while making room for critical investments in education, job training, infrastructure, and research – things that are essential for jobs now and for economic expansion and job creation in the years ahead.”

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) also added his relief that the situation had not resulted in a shutdown.

“It’s unfortunate that politicians in Washington let their political game of chicken get to this point,” Loebsack said. “I am relieved that this temporary agreement was reached, and I am eager to review what I hope is a reasonable final compromise. Iowa families, businesses, and our troops shouldn’t have been caught in the middle of Washington’s political games, and I will continue to work to ensure that a budget is passed so that we can move on to the issues my constituents tell me are important to them: job creation and economic development.”

According to CNN Money, the temporary truce marks the seventh extension passed by Congress for this fiscal year and since Obama provided his first budget on Feb. 1, 2010.

… The latest stalemate had lawmakers veer toward the precipice as they argued over a few billion dollars and a set of contentious political issues — like abortion — that were inserted into the debate.

There were multiple White House meetings and hours in which earnest aides tried to reach an agreement.

What happens next? Congress has given itself another week to pass a budget and again avoid a shutdown. See you on Friday.

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Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

The government is not listening seriously to the People. The US Government Printing Office reports that President Obama’s budget spends $3.82 trillion in 2011, but estimates total revenue of only $2.17 trillion.

The spending leaves a deficit of 1.65 trillion. Let us make the problem more understandable by removing some decimal points:
Spending = $3,820,000,000,000 remove nine zeros $3,820
Income = $2,170,000,000,000 remove nine zeros $2,170
Deficit $1,650.00
The deal – 38,5000,000 = $38.50

And so, from deficit spending of $1,650. or budget of $3,820 (add 9 decimals) we have a cut of $38.50 – relatively nothing. This is the paltry amount that the Democrats were willing to remove from social spending? (half was from defense!)

The balance of $1,650 (add nine zeros) will be printed based on nothing, reducing the value of every dollar in your pocket and spurring inflation. Or worse, borrowed from China with interest tacked on leaving us an even bigger deficit and vulnerable to economic hegemony.

But if this debate has had one great benefit, it has clearly identified the big spenders, the enemy of prosperity. They have attached a huge anchor of debt on the economy, expanding the non productive bureaucracy exponentially. Can them!


Gdod
Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

The only people who seem genuinely concerned with the shutdown are people employed by the federal government and to my supprise there are lots of them. Personally I say let em eat cake.


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Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

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Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

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Silverleaf57us
Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

im a not potical in any way but i think the solution is starri g everyone why do we need to billion and billlions of dollar just sittng in a lottory fund use that money for more useful things


Danielhughes1028
Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

Greedy ass politicians. Our country’s wealth is sitting in the hands of a bunch of egotistical narcissistic idiots. These people do not care about the working class. What do the politicians care if the government shutsdown? They’re going to go back to their vacation homes and sports cars and take a much needed vacation. Thats while all the government employees who are scraping pennies together to feed their families stop working.

Our country is seriously falling apart. Our leaders care about no one but themselves. I give our country a few years before revolution. Were stupid as a whole to accept the way we are being treated.

THE LAND OF THE FREE?? MORE LIKE THE LAND OF THE CONTROLLED. At least in dictatorships they tell the people they have no rights. Here they pretend we do, but do no allow us to exercise them.

If the government shuts down, so should police and corrections. That’ll make them figure out a budget deal nice and quick. You think?


Bnmcontracting
Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

well over spending got us here now were suffering for some one mess ups it may have not been obama because we were messed up before him . so the land of the free we do have some freedom or we wouldn’t be working . it dose up set me to know that we spend alto of money on other country’s ans waist a lot of money fighting every body else wars and us with our own war at the pump and again our water sucks air it sucks our power companies are falling apart . so i found out that our infrastructure is in great danger . so spend some money on our country for once . we the people need the help dang it ..


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Comment posted April 10, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

Obama & washington in general are all puppets…they dont run the country…the super rich behind the scenes run the world, not just the US. it’s called shadow government.


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Comment posted April 13, 2011 @ 7:08 am

What a shame. But if there is anything that can prevent a government shutdown it is us radicals saying it might not be such a bad idea.


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