Democrats, Republicans agree on a budget deal
House Speaker John Boehner announces agreement on a budget deal.
April 9th, 2011
12:41 AM ET

Democrats, Republicans agree on a budget deal

The Senate has passed a short-term budget deal that will keep the government funded through next Thursday. The measure was later approved by the House of Representatives.

"We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President. We will cut $78.5 billion below the President’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner said in a joint statement issued after the agreement.

President Obama commended Democrats and Republicans on working together to reach a solution.

"The government will be open for business," Obama said. "That's because today, Americans of different beliefs came together again.

"In the final hours before our government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an agreement that will allow our small businesses to get the loans they need, our families to get the mortgages they applied for, and hundreds of thousands of Americans to show up at work and take home their paychecks on time."

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  1. Bea Evans

    Glad that a compromise could be acheived between the powers that Be. Hoping that future agreements can be reached in other matters that affect
    our country. As a civil servant who makes a 6 figure salary, I was prepared and actually willing to take a hit(furlough days) I am blessed as many other Federal Employees are.There is so much waste in the Government it makes me sick. I hope the economy gets better, but more importantly I pray that this willingness for the parties to compromise and come together is the start of something new. I truly hate that we are so divided. 3rd Generation Republican 4 Obama

    April 9, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    *Facepalm*

    April 9, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank - ( R ) Ohio

    "The government will be open for business," Obama said. "That's because today, Americans of different beliefs came together again.

    "$4 gas is here. Don't buy gas on Friday. I didn't" Jeff Frank said. "That's because some Americans recognize a cheap shot when they see one."

    April 9, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    "Somebody places more importance to his opinion than it really warrants", replied banasy. "Obama Slama much?"

    April 9, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    And you're not. Taxes do not...repeat, not go towards abortions.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Capt. Pikachu

    *überfacepalm*

    April 9, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frustrated in Pa.

    It is so sad to hear that they would hold paychecks from our military guys and gals who put their lives on the line so we can have our freedom, but "generation" welfare still gets cash, food stamps, health care, childcare, gas for the vehicles WE pay for, utility bills that have been run up, weatherization help.... and why don't they have to take a drug test to be eligible for their welfare checks??!! Seems to me that the middle man gets ripped off.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    La di da de dee, la di da di da, and the beat goes on...

    April 9, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. BoomerBabe

    Will Republicans' now abandon their war on women's healthcare & NPR?
    With BILLION$ to be cut, their grandstanding over statistically miniscule grants is PANDERING – not governing.
    When will the Democrats show some spine & vision in fimding a course of action that doesn't punish the working poor, middle class & govt. workers – including the menu & women in our armed forces?!

    April 9, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. jj

    politricks at there best! gotta hate the drama that effects us all!

    April 9, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. JK

    Away with the tea party. They are useless and their movement is not worth a bucket of sand.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    It was all a show. Now Republicans can go back to their supporters and say, "we did our best for God and Country Awards, and in the end, we were pragmatic and saved our country from even worse liberal calamities."
    Democrats are still getting checks sent to voters, so they keep their base happy.
    There's No Business Like Show Business!

    April 9, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sheryl

    You can say that again! I have an audition for a big part today, in a big show.
    I love this business!

    April 9, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    What show, Sheryl?

    April 9, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    The Tea Party is worthless and not worth a bucket of sand?
    Cubic zirconia jewels have about the value of a bucket of sand, but suppliers of CZs do very well financially.
    So do those who lead the Tea Party.
    So do preachers, right-to-life advocates, abortion doctors and clinics, prudes who advise the crossing of legs, social workers who arrange welfare, almost unemployed losers who complain that their taxes pay for abortions even when they pay no income tax–man, There Is Trouble All Over This World, and many con artists make a lot of money by advocating for different POVs regarding definitions of morality and fairness.
    Include politicians in that group.

    April 9, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
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