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. Madison Gilbert

    Sad that the military had to waste so many man-hours in preparation for a potential "crisis" that was solved in the last minute...should have been solved days ago when the cost and impact would have been significantly less...!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Yay. So glad at least therell be no shutdown .

    April 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JoAnne

    Had the Republicans not tried to sneak through several riders that never would have been sustained as stand-alone bills, this wouldn't have happened. Good for President Obama for saying he would have vetoed such a bill, and for holding his ground.

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

      Those "riders" were leverage to get more cuts from the budget. This morning they were asking for 66 billion in cuts with riders, now there are no riders but the budget is being cut by 78 billion.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whocares

    So glad the fedral goverment can waste our tax money being stupid. Every american has to balance there budget montly, but yet they can take 5 months to balance the budget. Really my ceditor dont wait. Washingtion needs to be a coutablr to were our money goes period.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rachel

    No need for more negative comments. Good job to both sides for stepping through in the end. We did it. Let's be happy and peaceful.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dcc

    BUt what was cut was the war stoped NO war half the militar bases we do need are going to be closed NO, are they goign to make the richpay there fair share and companies to start paying there taxes NO, so gues who

    April 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. me

    This budget mess doesn't just affect the military. it affects all government workers. Weather contracted or not. It affects unemployment, Social Security and all Government assistance. I think they really need to stop trying to see who has a bigger set and come to an agreement. This country is supposed to be about the people. I do not like politics but I think what they are doing playing with a lot of familys livley hood is wrong.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laural

    People can agree with what I am going to say or not thats our right as Americans to do so. As I have the right to say it :).

    If the people responsible for the debt would take a 10 percent paycut to over said debt
    And they cut wellfare for those who are clearly able to work
    And they would stop taxing the poverty level and below to end the EIC
    Maybe just maybe this would not be such an issue in the future.
    If they take cutts to thier own pay for going negative maybe they would spend more on the side of caution. But only if they were the ones that would have to foot the bill would this tactic work.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laural

      Also ..... Bring our soldiers home from Iraq!!

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

      I second that and add: from your lips to the idiots in washington.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nigel

    Personally... I think the whole republican and democrat differences are bull. If it wasn't for the two different sides, we would all be on the same page. We all come together only when horrible situations occur leading to death, natural disasters or whatever the case may be. Personally... I think both parties need to put their differences aside and work together for the benefit of the country as a whole. Not for their own political parties.

    VERY respectfully,

    April 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    This was simply a political move to garner support and enhance the "image" of the Democrats. Plain and simple. This was not a true emergency, but a calculated maneuver.

    How about this: this year, we just pay gov't slalries, no new hires. No new projects, just the ones that are already in progress will be funded.

    Why not?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Or enhance the republicans? We are holding out for you abortion right.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. nobody

    come on come on...this is reality tv at its finest. i really did not think with our economy creeping back...and everything else going on they would let this happen right now. they knew all there heads would be served on a platter come 2012. funny cause i would normally say.."just playing politics" but in this case...its what we pay them to glad it got done..but no surprise it came right at the deadline. such drama queens...all of em 😀

    April 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JESSY

    i just would like to know what they r gonna do for us poor people where r we supposed to get help from if they take the help.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    i think enough is enough when are things ever going to get better if the budget dont end up passing things will be awful as it 4 dollars for a gallon of gas is bad enough

    April 9, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. bambam

    They print the money how could we run out are we out of trees

    April 9, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Military Wife

    I hate this uncertainty smh

    April 9, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
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