Shutdown averted

Republicans and Democrats made a deal at the last minute that will keep the government running:

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have reached an agreement that would avert a federal government shutdown, yielding more spending cuts for Republicans while giving Democrats a key win on an issue related to abortion rights, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office announced Friday night.

The deal to fund the federal government for the next five months will include $39 billion in spending cuts and will drop language related to Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers still need to approve a short-term stopgap funding bill before midnight, when the federal government will run out of money and cease operations.

The stopgap bill will allow lawmakers time to craft the longer-term, complicated budget for the rest of 2011.

via Congressional leaders review draft budget agreement that would avert shutdown – The Washington Post.

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  • Trey

    I wonder how much was the total cuts by all the CR plus the 39 billion. I bet it comes closer to the goal of 100 billion. This is one small step to solvency. Now hopefully they can defund some of the noxious programs.

  • Trey

    I wonder how much was the total cuts by all the CR plus the 39 billion. I bet it comes closer to the goal of 100 billion. This is one small step to solvency. Now hopefully they can defund some of the noxious programs.

  • Carl Vehse

    The politicians win; the American people lose.

    The funding of genocidal murder will continue.

  • Carl Vehse

    The politicians win; the American people lose.

    The funding of genocidal murder will continue.

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    All the Republicans had was the power of the purse. Now they’re going to fund all but $39 billion of the over $1 trillion they were going to spend?

    We needed a 39% cut, not a $39 billion cut.

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    All the Republicans had was the power of the purse. Now they’re going to fund all but $39 billion of the over $1 trillion they were going to spend?

    We needed a 39% cut, not a $39 billion cut.

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  • Porcell

    Since Obama initially proposed a $40 $billion increase in the fiscal 2011 budget, the Republicans have succeeded in reducing the budget $79 billion altogether. Not bad considering we have a Democratic controlled presidency and Senate.

    With Ryan’s proposed 2012 budget that is $6.2 trillion less over ten years than Obama’s 2012 budget along with a reasonable chance of a Republican president, senate, and congress in 2012, there is a decent hope of substantial fiscal change over the next few years.

    One grows weary of the negative whiners and pessimists.

  • Porcell

    Since Obama initially proposed a $40 $billion increase in the fiscal 2011 budget, the Republicans have succeeded in reducing the budget $79 billion altogether. Not bad considering we have a Democratic controlled presidency and Senate.

    With Ryan’s proposed 2012 budget that is $6.2 trillion less over ten years than Obama’s 2012 budget along with a reasonable chance of a Republican president, senate, and congress in 2012, there is a decent hope of substantial fiscal change over the next few years.

    One grows weary of the negative whiners and pessimists.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Well, now we know that the Democrats, and a few Republicans, are all in favor of picking our pockets (or those of the Chinese, I guess) to give money to an abortuary that can’t even be bothered to help prosecute statutory rape. How expirational.

    And they’re all in favor of funding a “news” organization whose executives have no apparent qualms about slandering millions of americans sans evidence, too.

    Roll tape in 2012!

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Well, now we know that the Democrats, and a few Republicans, are all in favor of picking our pockets (or those of the Chinese, I guess) to give money to an abortuary that can’t even be bothered to help prosecute statutory rape. How expirational.

    And they’re all in favor of funding a “news” organization whose executives have no apparent qualms about slandering millions of americans sans evidence, too.

    Roll tape in 2012!

  • Carl Vehse

    Ryan’s proposed (and hardly final) budget will only reduce the annual budgets an average of $0.62 trillion per year. The current Budget Pie already has $1.65 trillion (less the $0.0385 trillion the politicos “trimmed” last night). There’s still over a $1 trillion of red ink for the 2012 budget; and the way the GOP bent over last night, the red ink will flow even more in the coming years, especially with Baby Boomers going on Social Security.

    And just wait until 0bamationcare hits. Perhaps the feds will save some bucks when the 0bamanation death panel limits the healthcare of your parents and grandparents to an aspirin, a bandaid, and a shovel?

  • Carl Vehse

    Ryan’s proposed (and hardly final) budget will only reduce the annual budgets an average of $0.62 trillion per year. The current Budget Pie already has $1.65 trillion (less the $0.0385 trillion the politicos “trimmed” last night). There’s still over a $1 trillion of red ink for the 2012 budget; and the way the GOP bent over last night, the red ink will flow even more in the coming years, especially with Baby Boomers going on Social Security.

    And just wait until 0bamationcare hits. Perhaps the feds will save some bucks when the 0bamanation death panel limits the healthcare of your parents and grandparents to an aspirin, a bandaid, and a shovel?

  • Booklover

    I will never cease to be amazed at what a sacred cow Planned Parenthood is. It is heartbreaking to see it being defended by so many.

  • Booklover

    I will never cease to be amazed at what a sacred cow Planned Parenthood is. It is heartbreaking to see it being defended by so many.

  • Jerry Roseleip

    I see 3 things that could be defunded without one single federal job being affected. 1) Planned Parenthood; 2) National Public Radio; and 3) National Endowment for the Arts. All of these and many more similar ones should be funded by tax deductible gifts from people who support their mission.

    We attended a fundraiser for a rescue mission last night. This organization in a town of 35,000 people served 37,000 people last year. They serve 3 meals a day and provide shelter if needed to anyone passing through or in need. There was not one mention of federal funding or any government funding being used to support the mission. The city’s churches and businesses are the main supporters as well as many individuals. They recently bought a neighboring building to expand their mission and hope to burn the mortgage within a year. If the mission is valid , the money is available. If the money isn’t available, the mission isn’t worth it.

  • Jerry Roseleip

    I see 3 things that could be defunded without one single federal job being affected. 1) Planned Parenthood; 2) National Public Radio; and 3) National Endowment for the Arts. All of these and many more similar ones should be funded by tax deductible gifts from people who support their mission.

    We attended a fundraiser for a rescue mission last night. This organization in a town of 35,000 people served 37,000 people last year. They serve 3 meals a day and provide shelter if needed to anyone passing through or in need. There was not one mention of federal funding or any government funding being used to support the mission. The city’s churches and businesses are the main supporters as well as many individuals. They recently bought a neighboring building to expand their mission and hope to burn the mortgage within a year. If the mission is valid , the money is available. If the money isn’t available, the mission isn’t worth it.

  • Carl Vehse

    As evidence that Barry Soetoro, his administration, and members of Congress are only rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, a CNSNews report notes:

    “The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September.”

  • Carl Vehse

    As evidence that Barry Soetoro, his administration, and members of Congress are only rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, a CNSNews report notes:

    “The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September.”

  • Barry

    Nice point, Carla @10.

  • Barry

    Nice point, Carla @10.

  • Porcell

    Carl Vehse at 7, you have little understanding of what Ryan is trying to accomplish. Over time his proposal zeroes out the federal deficit.

    The best short analysis of this matter is that of Yuval Levin’s article The Radical Gradualism of Paul Ryan including:

    And it is true, of course, that Ryan’s budget offers an unflinching conservative program. He proposes to have the federal government spend $5.8 trillion less over the next decade than it would under current law. He would reduce the accumulated deficits by more than $4 trillion over that period, and continue such reductions in the years that follow. He would thereby quickly begin to reduce the size of the federal debt relative to the economy, and over the coming decades would not only balance the budget but actually begin to pay off the principal of the debt. He would do that by reducing domestic discretionary spending, reforming the tax code to broaden the base and lower rates, block-granting some federal welfare programs (including Medicaid) to the states, repealing Obamacare, privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cutting back farm subsidies and corporate welfare, and (most significant in the long run) reforming Medicare for those now younger than 55 from an open-ended entitlement into a system of premium supports to subsidize the purchase of private insurance.

    You really don’t know what you’re talking about regarding Ryan’s budget proposal which is both hard-headed and sensibly gradual. The fellow has mastered federal budget realities and has come up with a sensible solution, unlike both the conservative budget idealists like you and liberal budget utopians.

  • Porcell

    Carl Vehse at 7, you have little understanding of what Ryan is trying to accomplish. Over time his proposal zeroes out the federal deficit.

    The best short analysis of this matter is that of Yuval Levin’s article The Radical Gradualism of Paul Ryan including:

    And it is true, of course, that Ryan’s budget offers an unflinching conservative program. He proposes to have the federal government spend $5.8 trillion less over the next decade than it would under current law. He would reduce the accumulated deficits by more than $4 trillion over that period, and continue such reductions in the years that follow. He would thereby quickly begin to reduce the size of the federal debt relative to the economy, and over the coming decades would not only balance the budget but actually begin to pay off the principal of the debt. He would do that by reducing domestic discretionary spending, reforming the tax code to broaden the base and lower rates, block-granting some federal welfare programs (including Medicaid) to the states, repealing Obamacare, privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cutting back farm subsidies and corporate welfare, and (most significant in the long run) reforming Medicare for those now younger than 55 from an open-ended entitlement into a system of premium supports to subsidize the purchase of private insurance.

    You really don’t know what you’re talking about regarding Ryan’s budget proposal which is both hard-headed and sensibly gradual. The fellow has mastered federal budget realities and has come up with a sensible solution, unlike both the conservative budget idealists like you and liberal budget utopians.

  • Porcell

    Pardon me, the above last paragraph was mine and not part of the Yuval Levin quote.

  • Porcell

    Pardon me, the above last paragraph was mine and not part of the Yuval Levin quote.

  • Carl Vehse

    From Yuval Levin’s article:

    “The Ryan budget begins to turn things around quickly​—​reaching primary balance (that is, a balance between taxing and spending excluding interest payments) and beginning to reduce the relative size of the debt by 2015​—​but it doesn’t reach a truly balanced budget until the 2030s.”

    According to this, assuming nothing interferes with Ryan’s plans, the federal budget won’t be balanced until the 2030s, except even then it’s not really balance because it doesn’t include the interest payments on all of our current debt plus the interest payments on the debt that will accumulate over the next 20+years. As for the relative size of the debt being reduced by 2015, it’s not clear if he is talking about the total debt, or the annual budget debt.

    In any case, the U.S. economy is going to have to sparkle during that time to generate tax revenues to acccomplish this.

    But talking about controlling spending in future decades is just blowing smoke. Whatever mandates Congress passes limiting spending by future politicians can be reversed by future politicians.

  • Carl Vehse

    From Yuval Levin’s article:

    “The Ryan budget begins to turn things around quickly​—​reaching primary balance (that is, a balance between taxing and spending excluding interest payments) and beginning to reduce the relative size of the debt by 2015​—​but it doesn’t reach a truly balanced budget until the 2030s.”

    According to this, assuming nothing interferes with Ryan’s plans, the federal budget won’t be balanced until the 2030s, except even then it’s not really balance because it doesn’t include the interest payments on all of our current debt plus the interest payments on the debt that will accumulate over the next 20+years. As for the relative size of the debt being reduced by 2015, it’s not clear if he is talking about the total debt, or the annual budget debt.

    In any case, the U.S. economy is going to have to sparkle during that time to generate tax revenues to acccomplish this.

    But talking about controlling spending in future decades is just blowing smoke. Whatever mandates Congress passes limiting spending by future politicians can be reversed by future politicians.


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