Let me set the stage a bit. The reason the government is running on a “continuing resolution” is because the Democrats failed to pass a budget last year. But you would think it was all the Republicans doing and the Democrats appear to be setting up for another 1995 government shutdown to frame the blame on the the GOP. President Obama submitted his budget that “invests in the Future” and “Wins the Future” when there is no money of our own to invest? Ever Borrow to invest? Most don’t.
So the President said that he wanted to have an “adult conversation” with Republicans on the Budget. That sounded nice in a press conference at 11 a.m. but tonight the POTUS sends out a letter threatening to proverbially “take his ball and go home” and VETO the Continuing Resolution that contains more tax cuts than he wants. Sound a lot less like an “adult conversation” and a lot more like a playground fight. The Speaker of the House shot back, if cuts in federal spending resulted in the loss of government jobs, “so be it.” More like Game on? Or is that Off?
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama “strongly opposes” House Republicans’ spending-cuts bill, saying it will hurt jobs, and vowed that he will veto the measure if it makes it to his desk.
The stark veto threat draws an early line in the sand, with Mr. Obama coming out in defense of government spending in a time of economic downturn, and Republicans arguing the country faces a fiscal crisis that demands substantial cuts.
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY
H.R. 1 – Full-Year Continuing , 2011
( , R-Kentucky)
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 1, making appropriations for the September 30, 2011, and for other purposes. The Administration is committed to cutting spending and reducing the deficit so that current does not add to the debt and has put forward a plan to do just that. However, the Administration does not support deep cuts that will undermine our ability to out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of the world. The bill proposes cuts that would sharply undermine core government functions and investments key to economic growth and job creation, and would reduce funding for the Department of Defense to a level that would leave the Department without the resources and flexibility needed to meet vital military requirements. If the President is presented with a bill that undermines critical priorities or national security through funding levels or restrictions, contains earmarks, or curtails the drivers of long-term economic growth and job creation while continuing to burden future generations with deficits, the President will veto the bill. and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending
The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to refine the legislation to allow critical government functions to operate without interruption for the remainder of the fiscal year underway.
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John Boehner: If GOP Cuts Cause Federal Job Losses, ‘So Be It’
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that if Republican efforts to cut federal spending resulted in the loss of government jobs, “so be it.”
At a press conference Tuesday, Politico reports that Boehner sought to justify his controversial statement by anchoring it to a highly inflated estimate of the number of federal employees.
“Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,” Boehner said, according to Politico. “If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We’re broke. It’s time for us to get serious about how we’re spending the nation’s money.”
Dem leader says it’s up to the GOP to avoid a government shutdown
The burden of avoiding a government shutdown falls squarely on the Republican majority, a top House Democrat charged Tuesday.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Democrats are prepared to make “reasonable” budget compromises to avoid a government shutdown. If Republicans don’t do the same, he warned, the resulting impasse would be the GOP’s fault.
“We didn’t shut down the government when we were in charge, [and] we don’t expect them to do that either,” Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. “We expect them to come to the table and reach agreement.
“If the government shuts down,” he added, “it’ll be the Republicans’ responsibility.”
So there you have it. The President isn’t really going to play… He wants his rules, his changes, his pet projects, and no other. The whole “adult conversation” is far down the dark road because the GOP wants to get back to a reasonable budget. Based on the past election, they probably have the Country with them
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