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. Realist

    I'm sure the $78 billion won't be cut from defense spending. Why can't we cut the defense budget by 50% for 10 years? Then we wouldn't have a deficit any longer.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |

      Good posting,Realist. I totally agree. Thank you.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsme

      Actually that would not come close to cutting the deficit. The defense budget is around 700 billion while the deficit is around 1.6 trillion. That is how big of a mess we are in. You can eliminate our national defense and the US STILL has a deficit.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KDLawrence

      Great Idea... too bad the flag wavers won't listen. The DOD "Perception Management Team" has convinced the American people that the military's ever expanding need for more money is a national security issue (bogus but with the help of the boys and girls at FOXNEWS... the party line). Essentially, we have created four branches of government. DOD has taken on a life of its own - further evidence that the military Industrial complex is alive, well and willing to bleed America dry. DOD now talks of the military "earning" a certain percentage of GDP so they don't have to budget I guess- they just need to continue to buy more toys for the highly paid boys.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • it's called math

      Try a little math @itsme 350 billiontimes 10. What is it you get? Because my math is 3.5 trillion tha won't cover 1.6 trillion?

      April 9, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    I bet that both Barack Obama and John Boehner are now in 7th heaven. They must be as happy as two birds in a tree while people in Afghanistan,Iraq,Libya and Pakistan are being slaughtered needlessly by our ungodly military machine! How repulsive!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Well if your so worried... Go live there and let me know how that goes without military protection...

      I really wonder what the world is coming to.. When I was younger... You saluted the soldiers with respect, thanked them for their service... When a soldier died the the whole US of A morned.. And if anyone dared to say anything horrible about them at their funerals or anything... Well it would be bad..

      Our military is given so little respect by everyone... Our Government, civvies and other countries.. Truly sad. We – military have saved so many lives and yet, no respect... No one cares... 🙁

      3rd gen military wife, daughter, grandaughter, sister, friend..

      April 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lesley

      I completely agree. Our military is trying to protect people across the world. Their intent is NOT to destroy. Sadly, there will always be death in wars, but without the US military there would be much more whether people want to accept that or not.
      ~Proud Army daughter & Navy mom~

      April 9, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • amazed

      Thank you military wife for your concern and thoughts. As for John, how does it go? Ummm yea, feel free to stand in front of myself and my brothers and sisters who buffer your sorry ass from the real world.

      April 9, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      John. Get your facts straight about what's going in in the middle east. FYI, we don't even have boots on ground in Libya, that is NATO. And if you really want to know whats going on over there i suggest you pick up a weapon and go over there and find out. Go over there and see the medical care our troops give to the people, how Army/Navy medics, doctors, nurses have set up women's clinics over there and how we teach medical care to all the people over there. you call that Ungodly? They do their job, nothing more. How dare you critize them! they don't go to your job and kick the squeezie out of your hand, break your mop, now do they?

      April 9, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |

      Well stated,John. As far as all these ignorant fools are concerned,just ignore them. Our military has no business in the Middle East to begin with,and the people advocating all this useless bloodshed make me sick.

      April 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat

    Republicans (including Tea Party candidates) ran on a platform of job creation and budget reduction. They did not for the most part run on an anti-women ticket, which is what is happening with the defunding issues of Planned Parenthood.
    Federal funds for Planned Parenthood DO NOT pay for abortions..only 3% of anything Planned parenthood does is related to abortion...I am SO SICK of republicans, such as Senator Kyl, making up nonsense about Planned Parenthood issues.
    Also, Congress wants to cut everything...I haven't heard that they are cutting their own salaries or their pensions.
    Plus no new taxes for billionaires.

    What a great country we live in!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Ya well i'm sick of every time that we cut the FEDERAL budget on something that all people think we are killing these programs. There is a point in which communities and people have to take responsibility for themselves your government is not there to coddle you and every need from birth to death! If your heart bleeds for these needs then do something about it, but it should be every american's choice not a government mandate......and most importantly THEY CAN"T AFFORD IT ANYMORE!!! We have to get it through our thick skulls of what our government is ACTUALLY designed to do and not think it has to service every little portion of our lives.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • center ridge

      Pph makes more than enough money on abortions and other pay services to pay their own bills. Why should we, the tax payers, need to continue giving them money while the country goes bankrupt?
      That goes double for npr.
      In a time of fiscal crisis, needless programs need to be trimmed and cut. We are all in serious danger of handing our kids and grandkids debt that can never be reconciled. And at this rate we will have generations that would rather live off the gvt than work and provide value to society. And who pays those peoples bills? The people who have the decency to stand up and work for a living.
      If a private corporation tried to run their business the way the goverment spends money, the result would be bankrupty. We need to stop living beyond our means. Stop thinking its all about the right trying to stop abortions and see it for what those programs really are...non-essential.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about churches pay taxes and tax the wealthy and we won't have to cut programs.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. erica

    Im so happy military pay is safe, but who now is going to suffer? like someone asked above...where did this $ come from

    April 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erm

      I'm going to suffer, but not as badly as some other people. Money is all fake, so where it comes from doesn't really matter.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ron

    Who would have thought that the cash-poor US government would reach consensus before the cash-rich NFL?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ic32teeth

      I don't care if the NFL plays another season because the GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Ruffnutt , your here , how are u ? I really wasn't sweating this new they would pass it.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MW1787

    There's an innovative perspective to these issues at

    Some fundamental causes of stalemates like these are incentive issues, which are endemic across the public sector. There's many lessons to be learned (in this instance budgetary and investment decision-making) from the private sector.

    The six major challenges inhibiting the federal government from operating like a Fortune 500 company are: define scope, raise revenue, minimize costs, assign single-point responsibility, solve new challenges with existing organizations, and exceed customer expectations. Our looming shutdown is clearly a "define scope" issue. Our divisive Parties can't agree on the role of government because they don't have an OBJECTIVE method for making appropriation (investment) decisions.

    -MW, Author of "Uncle Sam Inc: Serving the American Consumer"

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sigh

    Hm...methinks the Tea Party talking points are already making the rounds (Cf identical comments from two posters).

    The President doesn't earn that much on proportion to the job he has. I say the members of our legislative branch - both Democrats and Republicans - should forego the kickbacks from lobbies and pay for their own health benefits before a soldier OR the President has to take a pay cut.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D

    Not Americans of different beliefs, but politicians of the same pay grade coming together; wake up!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nicole-Army Wife mother of 3

    I have to say I am a little more relived to know I will have a pay check on Friday to pay SOME bills and put food in my childrens bellies... But I want to know is this something My husband and I will have to worry about in a week from noe, or in September since the friskal yr starts Oct. 1st??? It's real crazy that we make only 24-26 thousand dollars a year with 3 kids and my husband gets shipped over seas to fight for this country and the ppl that run sit in cozy chairs making 100 thousand dollars a year want to stop our pay while their pockets are still being filled... SELFISH SMDH!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corbin1

      It was your Decision to have kids,when you couldn"t afford them. It was you"ll Decision to Join the Armed Forces. It was not the Taxpayers. What your Husband is doing in the Service, While Admirable, is only protecting the Oil Rich Nations of the world. Its not my obligation as a Taxpayer and stranger to feed you and your Kids.

      April 9, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |

      Quite true Corbin,quite true. I don't like what we're doing in the Middle East either,so why should I help pay for it???

      April 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old Man Clark

      Money being paid out for zero services rendered equals charity. At least the welfare recipients aren't killing anybody halfway around the world needlessly. Far too much is going to the D.O.D. and that's plum wrong!!!

      April 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JESSY

    Nothing ur right. They all need to take paycuts. Theres us who cant even get jobs n thy r just gettn richer. Talkin bout budget cutn planned parenthood. N that is real stupid they help alot of people i know n way more. They should take budget cuts.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    Is the number really $78.5 billion or just $38.5 billion?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsme

      My understanding is R's have been asking for 66 billion but the D's would only agree to 30-40 billion. After the riders were removed, the R's upped the cuts to 78 billion.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corbin1

      Don"t matter the 2011 budget submitted by Obama is 1.5 trilion over budget

      April 9, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Who is teapartykansas

    tea party is in fact the same obese non performing military related basket of losers who of course are happy for all children to pay for the bloated failures worldwide. Tea party kansas is ground zero of those who want eveyone to pay as they leech every benefit they can get.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |

      Thank you,Who is teapartykansas. That was well said and totally correct!!!

      April 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sarah

    I dont know how happy we should be over this short term agreement if we have to go through this again Wednesday....

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military Wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend

      I agree... I am holding out on celebrating.. Wanna know something sad? They had already taken half military pay out... 🙁 when the guys checked their pay.. They saw half gone... Without telling them.. It wasn't in the news either...

      April 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Army Wife

      Actually the LES show up 7 days early so it will be fixed by the time we get paid on Friday. So for now I can breathe and then start to worry if they don't completely get it right by next Thursday.

      April 9, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ajm

    If R2D2 could shut it down, then why not DC?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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