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. Dim Mak

    @nur amabo nur: Good luck with ballot proposal legislation ever happening peacefully. Here in Michigan the people overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana through a ballot proposal and the Republican (The limited government party) attorney general is trying to bust people who legally possess marijuana. All we need are ballot initiatives and a few representatives to enforce them, the congress will NEVER give "We the people" the power to decide for ourselves willingly.

    April 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nur amabo nur

    @Dim I must reject the idea of legalization in all manors because the government mucks everything up! Can you imagine with today's regime legalizing pot? "We decided to legalize marijuana because it will bring in 358 billion in annual revenue". "We re-wrote the laws, created a committee, hired pot cops, opened regional support offices, created a new branch of the F.D.A. And D.E.A. (To make sure your pot's safe). All for the low, low price of 3 trillion... A year...and that will double...every year...and we take your first born...and your left leg...and your chair...and we'll loss that money quite often and never be accountable.

    Don't even get me started on the pharmaceutical companies!!!
    t

    April 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    OT

    @Scottish Mama: I don't think it was Herbert. He's usually very respectful towards women. He may be sarcastic, but he would *never* post something like the haggis comment. And the regulars know it wasn't you. Just another hijack troll dunderbunny.

    April 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Numero uno

    Si Stuart. Outside for pleaze.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nick

    @L 64...ok I guess. Glad the gov shut down was avoided.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L64

    Yes, but it has really brought to the forefront our great need for change.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dim Mak

    @nur amabo nur: I sort of agree, but ideally cops would have less work to do. Even if some college kid gets an Rx for headaches then he's still carrying legally. Also the cops would know where all the pot shops are at so they don't need to track down people moving under the radar. As far as coke and heroin: We know where they are being grown around the world and using herbicide on the plantations is cheaper and more effective than playing cat and mouse. This would allow cops/fbi/dea to focus on synthetics with more manpower and resources. It would save tons of time and money. I agree that government is wasteful, but that's because all the confusion and the tentacles get tangled. It just takes a president with guts to do what needs to be done.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    That's right L 64,it's an eye opener for our politicians to be more responsible with out tax money at home and abroad.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ed Bailey

    Well la ti da! REGUNS fired all the air traffic controllers because they tried to get more pay. The bublican governor of Wisconsin wants to break our already poor backs by taking away the ability to work as a group. In utah I have been replaced with 8$ an hour TRADESMEN so often I'm used to the bragging of the state leaders about there Perfect business performance.Nobody here follows osha regs, environmental laws or has to have any reason to say YOUR FIred. Go ahead America put a Mormon in the white house because they say they can make business. They are bublicans that get rich while you get poor. AMERICA if you continue to put up with the leadership morals and selfish self directed intentions, you will have nothing absolutely nothing left!

    April 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      @ed baily. Well put,ed. Thank you.

      April 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    @ banasy-I know it gets old.
    @ed bailey-haven't seen you on for awhile. This past decade has been an attack on the average middle class working Joe. I cannot believe how many people are buying the junk the politicians are selling. The middle class needs a hero. I just hope it does not turn out to be an antichrist. I believe that few people ever get into office to serve the people, there is always an agenda. By Morman is Glenn Beck running?lol

    April 10, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. rufus leaking

    WirhB0 would get this involved in expensive gas. Shutting down the gou would do less harm than 4.00 a gl is doing to people. If everyone would buy a g0 grand ele car all will be fine!

    April 10, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. L64

    @ rufus...you buying?

    April 10, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. rufus leaking

    I was pointing out B0 stupid thinking. maybe he will? L0l

    April 10, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dim Mak

    @Scottish Mamma: I'd agree that trolls are sometimes annoying and can be insulting, but they usually attack biased or partisan people who monopolize the blog with their skewed viewpoints. I never have a problem with trolls, because I'm a fairly open minded individual whose political leaning is in the center, while you are clearly a far left leaning conspiracy theorist and therefore more prone to troll attack. Just an observation.

    April 10, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I thought I was middle. I guess I just want to know why the wealthy do not pay their fair share and why the social security, military, planned parenthood and welfare will be on the chopping block before the wealthy. Jobs are an issue so the social security, welfare, military, and planned parenthood is more in need of money, while the wealthy will still be wealthy because of the goods and products we must still buy.(which have gone up, gas food, milk) We need a combination of all, without strapping just one and flexible enough to not put any program under.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. L64

    @ rufus darn! Thought l had me a car sugar daddy! 😉

    April 10, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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