Republicans pitch two-week budget extension

By Reuters
Friday, February 25, 2011 11:31 EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Friday proposed to avoid a looming government shutdown with a two-week extension of funding that includes $4 billion in spending cuts.

Democrats want any stopgap measure, needed to avert a shutdown by March 4, to not include spending cuts as the parties hash out legislation to fund the government through the rest of the year.

Without a deal, much of the federal government will close, unsettling financial markets and risking massive layoffs.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called the Republican plan a good faith offer and put the onus on Democrats for any potential shutdown.

“We don’t want to shut the government down. This is not an acceptable or a responsible option for any of us … but we want to see spending cuts,” Cantor said.

Republicans will detail the spending cuts later on Friday.

Cantor said they will include cuts to programs that President Barack Obama has said he wants to end as well as the elimination of earmarks that are in the budget as it stands.

(Editing by Eric Beech)

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  • Anonymous

    If the government shuts down it will again be bad news for the regressives. The dems scrwed up and allowed the last round of tax cuts to happen, so they look pretty lame as well. But people are getting tired of the gop’s bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Beware the Republicans bearing gifts.

  • Sunshine1970

    Do it! Shut down the gov. I dare you! It worked so well in the mid 90s didn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Their conservative goal is and always has been destruction of all labor rights and regulatory agencies. Any proposals they make are trojan horses to those ends. They have no honor or morality. There will soon be no public and only corporate and you will all be serfs and slaves to them. The fools and dupes that enable this and think they will survive and be favored because of their support and brown nose attitudes will be crushed as well.

    The beauty of creation is that it is dynamic and all of our collective actions physical and mental determine the future. The conservative course will result in hell on earth. “my fathers house has many rooms” parallels multiple dimension and universe theory. Hell is reincarnating to the hell you create and being denied entrance to a higher peaceful dimension.

    Love one another.
    Do as you would have done.
    First do no harm.
    Listen, reason, respond.

  • Anonymous

    “We don’t want to shut the government down. This is not an acceptable or a responsible option for any of us … but we want to see spending cuts,” Cantor said

    Translation: Now listen up, we Republicans are going to hold this country hostage, it’s going to be our way or it’s going to be hell which is it? Fuck the People got it? Fuck them. Only the top weatlhiest people are going to come out like bandits in our hostage taking. Fuck you America and here’s a big fat wad of spit in your face.

    Without a deal, much of the federal government will close, unsettling financial markets and risking massive layoffs.

    And just to think the stupid people bought the Republican bullshit that Republicans will create jobs.

  • gypski®

    I ask again, when are the leaders going to show sacrifice by cutting their pay and benefits? They will cut to the bone the payments to the disabled and the elderly, while they give away to their scampaign donors. Gotta love leaders that are the last to make any sacrifice. Fucking hypocrites all.

  • Anonymous

    Shut it down–give the GOP what it wants….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Nonsense. The polls say otherwise.

    The GOP never became popular.
    They won the House because of the Fake Koch Bros Tea Party.

    Everyone knows who got us in this mess.
    A 2 week extension?
    WTF does that do?

    Call their bluff, DEMs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LF5FXUFQAJKIIUDODVKO3SRXGM Gerry C

    The Democrats lag only behind the MSM as idiots. This isn’t a two week “extension” of the old budget, it’s a two week trial period of the new budget. And after those two weeks, the Republican overlords will simply say, “Hey, all we want is to keep the budget we’re currently operating under, and look the nation didn’t melt down the past two weeks, did it?” Plus, even if the funding was restored for those nasty programs like PBS and Planned Parenthood, it amounts to a huge chunk of funding missing from those selected organizations.

    If the Democrats agree to this, it’s because they’re either the idiots they seem to be or not even trying anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Watch out for the republican/teabaggers and their “extensions”The only thing they know how to extend is their sexual appendage up our butts.What a disgrace this country has become in the eyes of the world.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    The dems should not trust the pugs. Haven’t they seen enough? Compromising with them means just one thing and that is agreeing 100% with them. It’s time the dems stand up and say enough is enough. Let the govt shut down and stop giving up on why a dem is a dem

  • Anonymous

    Pelosi and Reid are ready to agree to anything the Republicans want.

    They’ve even gone out and bought new kneepads . . . which is a good idea, since the ones they used during the Bush Administration were all worn out.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah, two weeks. That’ll make all the difference.

  • Anonymous

    The Republicans have screwed around for months since November just to manufacture this crisis. That’s why they have been spending all of their time with these culture-war and anti-women votes, to waste time. Now, under a strict deadline they want to stampede a budget vote through the House and Senate.

    Once they get a temporary budget vote filled with cuts to every government program that benefits us commoners that bill will be the basic document upon which to build the budget, either temporary or permanent, that comes afterward. They will build on the cuts and deepen and expand them. And like all emergency legislation, once passed the Democratic legislators will say, ‘we didn’t have time to read it, we didn’t know these terrible things were in it’.

    This delay though is to put the squeeze on the Senate, where there are sufficient numbers of Democrats to be a hinderance to the Republicans. They’re the ones the time-crunch is designed to squeeze. If Senate Democrats take the time needed to craft a fair budget then the Republicans can say the Senate Democrats have shut down the government.

    This is such an old, worn-out tactic. Of course, the Democrats need to have a short bill that continues the government at the same level of spending and publicly put the blame for the delay of a new budget where it belongs, on the Republicans in the House that would rather waste time screwing over women and poor people than do their real jobs. A reverse squeeze.

    I won’t hold my breath on that though, because I am of the mind that there is only one party and things like this manufactured crisis are designed for public consumption to give lawmakers cover for the things they wish to do.