‘white house reviewing terms of spending deal’

National Journal: The likelihood of a war-time federal government shutdown – the first in American history – diminished dramatically on Friday night as all parties began reviewing, with the goal of approving, a broad array of cuts and a short-term bill to keep the government operating while the details are put into legislative language for full congressional action next week.

While leadership staff insist there is no deal yet, that caution belies significant progress in narrowing long-standing differences and the widening assumption in both parties that a shutdown will be averted and all that remains unknown is the precise procedural steps that will walk everyone back from the abyss.

Numerous GOP and Democratic sources on and off Capitol Hill tell National Journal that the outline of the deal is as follows: up to $39 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget, $514 billion in spending for the defense budget covering the remainder of this fiscal year, a GOP agreement to abandon controversial policy riders dealing with Planned Parenthood and the EPA, and an agreement to pass a “bridge” continuing resolution late Friday night to keep the government operating while the deal is written in bill form.

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51 Responses to “‘white house reviewing terms of spending deal’”

  1. 1 Tally
    April 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    OMG!!! I am so GLAD Harry didn’t back down!!! If Women’s HEALTHCARE is the line drawn in the sand, then the GOP can kiss my sexy Irish/Scottish/Cherokee/Choctaw ASS, and I say SHUT THE MOTHER DOWN!

    Thank you Harry!

    Everyone should call/fax/email his office and say THANK YOU.

    ❤❤❤ 4 HARRY!

    • 2 EDP4BHO
      April 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      ” sexy Irish/Scottish/Cherokee/Choctaw ASS, and I say SHUT THE MOTHER DOWN!”

      Tally, you have a lot of spunk….LOL!

  2. 3 Lovepolitics2008
    April 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    chipsticks, you’re QUICK !

    I admit, this part is making me nervous:

    “It would not include a ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but part of the arrangement would likely be an unspecified and symbolic procedural step intended to give Boehner and conservatives political cover on the issue, the aides said.”

    I’m reminded of the last negociations in HCR re: abortion. Wasn’t the executive order a bit stronger than the status quo ?

  3. 4 Betty's Girl
    April 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I hope there’s a deal. I understand the President has to cover because the deal didn’t get done while Dems was in control; yet I hope they now see how the Repubs work by basially using social issues as a bargining chip.

    • 5 Tally
      April 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      It’s more like RANSOM, holding the entire country hostage over their morality.

      KISS MY ASS BONER!!! (And I’m sorry, it’s BONER. In no language on this planet do you get an long A sound from the way he spells his name. STFU!)

  4. 7 majii
    April 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Boehner caved! If the bill will be written without the riders, he most definitely caved! He knew he and the teapublicans would be blamed for the shutdown, and I can imagine that he wouldn’t want to have to fully bear the blame for it. I’m thinking that the “symbolic procedural step” will be similar to the signing statement PBO included with the ACA which only confirmed what was already in the Hyde Amendment. If this is the case, the teapublicans get nothing other than the cuts. I’m happy to hear that the cuts aren’t in the $70 billion ballpark as has been repeated so often over the last few days. I sent an email to the WH telling the president that no matter how this turns out, he still has my unwavering support because he has compromised with the teapublicans as much as humanly possible, and enough is enough.

    • 8 EDP4BHO
      April 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      You know, majii, Boehner needed to do that. If he had any shred of sense, he would have done so in the first place, and could even redeem himself in the process. Only his extreme right base would nail him, but any moderate would agree with a compromise, as some did when the President made his deal with them devils in December.

  5. 9 anniebella
    April 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I don’t know if there is a deal or not because I don’t trust Boehner and the Tea-Republicans. But people will say did the President and Dems give up to much? I’m not making any comments until I know what is in the deal. I’m not going to trust everything I hear from the media either. I will wait to hear from President Obama. But this is just the begining of dealing with Boehner and his tea party. Thanks alot to the ones who voted those Tea Party members in Control. Thanks for nothing. Thanks for messing up our country.

  6. 10 M
    April 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    What a day it has been. Thanks Chips for all the posts and for even making us laugh with the “need some light relief?” I am eager to hear more of the compromise, but so far the initial leaks of the deal sound promising. Let us all go now and see about contributing to Harry Reid’s next re-election fund!

  7. 11 Carolyn
    April 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    M: I’m proud to say I did contribute to Senator Reid’s fund last fall. Can you imagine what would have happened if Sharron Angle had been elected!

  8. 12 M
    April 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Oh my gosh Carolyn, that is a frightening thought! Thank you for contributing! Wish I had done the same.

  9. 13 Bobfr
    April 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Boehner blinked. Period.

    The courage of our President, Majority Leader Reid, and ESPECIALLY our dear female Democratic Senators is THE STORY.


  10. 15 Bobfr
    April 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    President Obama about to address the Nation from WH …

  11. 16 Bobfr
    April 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    The President is on now

  12. 17 Hachikō
    April 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Look what that sick f*ck Donald Chump did: …goes further down the rabbit hole in letter to NYT thkpr.gs/dS8Pgx

    Anybody who does business with him who supports our President should publically come out and renounce him and cut ties with him. This is no longer a gimmick. I’m thinking some bad thoughts about this piece of human garbage right now. God forgive me.

    • 18 Lovepolitics2008
      April 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      At this point I think this kind of stupidity and perfidy only helps democrats and PBO. What Donald “Chump” is doing is discrediting the republican brand further.

    • 19 majii
      April 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      This is racism, pure and simple. If The Chump doesn’t like being called a birther, maybe he’ll like being called a racist. As far as I am concerned, from this point going forward, this is how I will refer to him. This was a very ugly, disrespectful letter about PBO that the racist Chump wrote without any provocation on the part of the president. That azzz RNC chair, Reince Priebus, welcomed this racist azzz to the Republican Party this week, according to Think Progress. The GOP is desperate when it has to stoop to the level of scraping the bottom of the barrel with Donald “The Racist” Chump.

      • 20 Theo67
        April 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm

        They think they’ve got a winner, and it will be great to bring this idiot down a few pegs. He’s a despicable character, a shady business person, lacks integrity and doesn’t seem to have a brain. And he’s ugly – inside and out. (sorry, I can’t help it).

    • 21 Proud of Obama
      April 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Hah! That letter is the most childish thing I have ever read. He sounds like a high school kid instead of a business man and certainly not someone who’s fit to lead this country. We can all take solace in Fox’s own poll as covered by Politicususa that President Obama would stomp all over Chump if he were the nominee. So let him keep running his ugly orange face.

      From Politicususa:
      A new Fox News Poll released today found that President Obama would solidly defeat Donald Trump in a potential 2012 showdown. Obama currently leads Trump 53%-34%. Obama leads Trump among Independents 50%-31%, and Trump only leads Obama with Republicans, Tea Partiers, and conservatives.

      The one thing that jumps out in the new Fox News Poll is that while the right may have hooked on to Trump as their flavor of the month/next great hope to beat Obama, the rest of the country isn’t into it. Despite all of his birther related Fox News publicity, Trump has a very limited appeal for voters. Obama leads Trump overall 52%-34%. Obama leads Trump with Independents 50%-31%. Obama leads Trump with both men (50%-36%) and women (55%-32%). Obama leads Trump among both whites (44%-40%) and non-whites (76%-17%).

      Obama leads big with both those who have a college degree (53%-34%) and those who don’t (52%-35%). The President leads among all age groups, even the senior citizen set that went for McCain in 2008 (48%-38%). Obama leads with both those making under $50,000 a year (61%-29%), and over $50,000 a year (47%-39%). The President crushes Trump with moderates (55%-17%), and strongly leads with Independents (50%-31%). Donald Trump only leads Obama among three interrelated groups, Republicans (62%-19%), Tea Partiers (70%-17%) and conservatives (52%-33%).


    • 22 Betty's Girl
      April 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Thanks for the headsup. I absolutely hate Chump and what he is doing to the President but all I could do was laugh. He is saying the same things he has being saying for the last two weeks which are invalid and hearsay. Boy, you think Obama had Clinton fuming and raging mad during the primary…if he get his claws on Trump it going to be wonderful. I listened to Trump on Morning Joke the other day and he was so worked up he couldn’t finish one sentence. So much for the cool businessman image. He’s sweating right now and he not even in the game (yet).

  13. 23 Lovepolitics2008
    April 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I’m not really concerned about the letter in itself. What is OUTRAGEOUS is that a serious newspaper would publish that garbage. THIS should have us concerned. We’re not talking about the National Enquirer or another tabloid. It’s the FREAKING NEW YORK TIMES !!!

    • 24 Kelly
      April 9, 2011 at 1:40 am

      American newspapers stopped being serious in my book after January 20th 2009. They are all a disgrace so no surprise that anyone of them would print a letter from a repeatedly failed business man, who kicked poor people out of their homes, dilapidated tenement apartments that they were renting (for higher than average rent) from Mr. Chump and his ilk, so he could build overpriced eyesores through our great nation.

  14. 25 lisa
    April 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Fricking Amazing. Did you all see PBO’s address?????!!!! He fricking came out of that shithouse smelling like a damn rose…and look, Harry Reid got the same memo!!!! If you watched both press confrenceces, you’ll see how their attitudes differ from Rusty. Reid and PBO are owning that deal. They look like they’re the reasonable ones!!!! Just awesome, just so damn awesome. Ezra Klien is crying boo-hoo on O’Donell’s show. It was great, just great. PBO’s gonna look so good to the American people, especially the Independents. This was a damn good deal, no matter what Repugs(that they won) or what the psycho libs say, because 1: this deal challenges repug shouts that PBO is only a spender who racks up huge bills. 2: it’s good for PBO because publicly (according to the MSM)the main concern of Americans is the deficit, so PBO could not have avoided this, he had to negotiate with those psychos, politically this is so fricking good for him. If he hadn’t compromised with those psychos, independents would have gone to repugs again in 2012 and the repugs would have won the senate and the whitehouse. The president has just solidified his grasp on the whitehouse in 2012.
    PBO set the narrative of this compromise, he stole the rug from whatever pleasure or celebrations the repugs are gonna spread on the MSM over the weekend. He did really good today!!!

    • 26 Kelly
      April 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

      Went to a concert tonight and missed the whole shut down drama. I have 100% confidence in my POTUS so I can imagine his speech. Kudos to Harry Reid, I do not regret the funds I contributed to his campaign, he is great.

  15. 27 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I saw it and it was excellent.

    Listen, the Republicans are NOT happy. And that tool Jake Tapper is trying to stir up trouble among the professional left by tweeting that part of the deal entails getting senate votes to repeal HCR and reduce funding for planned parenthood. What Mr. Tapper fails to say however, is that this is a symbolic gesture to give Boner political cover for his teabagger base, and they do this knowing that the votes will FAIL in the senate. Of course, DKOS quite predictably is up in arms about this.

    • 28 Audrey
      April 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

      I thought the PL wanted HCR scrapped! Why would they care now about something they claimed was not good enough and not worth having?!

  16. 29 Theo67
    April 9, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I’m exhausted by these crazy people in Washington and the media. I’ll be back on Monday to start the battle again – but I need a break. This Republican nastiness just about did me in. Thank heaven for President Obama – that’s all I can say. Have a great weekend everyone!

  17. 31 AnitaW
    April 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    “Victory” is not going from $33 to $39b, when House passed $60 and #gop promised $100b plus death to PP, NPR, EPA etc or shutdown. Sorry. TheReidReport

    And she is so right. Folks no matter how the MSM and GOP try to spin this deal. The TP did not get what they wanted and they showed their hand to the entire country who were not paying attention. Senator Reid and President Obama did an excellent job.

    And if I was wearing a hat I would tip it to all our Dem females in the Senate. They did really good.

  18. 32 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

    MSM is pizzed that the shutdown didn’t occur. That’s 1-2 weeks of easy ratings material down the drain…Damn that Obama!

      • April 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

        Yes, the MSM always wants a fight; just watch some of Jay Carney’s press briefings as he reminds them about what the President faced when taking over the office of Presidency and how far the country has come since. Again, my 401k has recovered and when I shop I support the economy and my POTUS.

  19. 35 ballerina
    April 9, 2011 at 12:54 am

    In the beginning the Tea Party wanted $100billion in cuts. then realistically settled for $65 billion in cuts. the final bill has $39 billion. how can anyone say that the repubs won this fight.
    Daily Kos is criticizing PBO and Reid for commending the republicans for this deal. they are so short sighted. What they do not understand is that the president is trying to breakup the repubs and the tea party. by praising the speaker, he makes him look bad to the tea psychos.
    And it seems like speaker is going to need democrats to pass this bill anyway.
    the republican beast is full of cracks and its going to break and crash just in time for 2012. God is good!

    • 36 Proud of Obama
      April 9, 2011 at 12:59 am

      The teapublicans are not happy with Rusty. Saw a clip at Media Matters where Rep. Gohmert was on Fox looking sad and they are lacking in leadership. They and the media really wanted a shutdown so they could try to hang it on the President. But he’s too damn smart for them. Check it out.


      • 37 ballerina
        April 9, 2011 at 1:10 am

        i loove it! the wheels are coming off. from 61 billion to now he says 29 billions in actual cuts.
        he was soooo depressed but he couldn’t disappoint his daddy fox news LMAO

  20. 38 ballerina
    April 9, 2011 at 1:13 am

    just wanted to add that mr paul p.90x ryan wants to cut not billions but trillions in fake fy2012 budget proposal. LOL i hope he is watching this

  21. 39 cat48
    April 9, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Teaparty Nation tweeted that they will “primary Boehner next year.” There really is a thin line & I mean THIN
    between Tparty & “progressives!” Obama could have gotten everything & progressives would Whinge that he gave away too much; caved; capitulated; you guys know the damn drill we always go thru…….

    They’re wailing & screaming on Twitter b/c he said in his speech “the biggest cut in history” Twitter just exploded! Sigh…..

    I am worried about the economy; if it doesn’t get better, we’re all cooked. Robert Reich wailed we’d probably have a “double dip recession” b/c of the cuts. Of course, I don’t normally read him; but this is the 3rd time he has predicted a double dip b/c of something Obama has done in the past 2 yrs. We’ll see. So far, he has been wrong. He’s cried “double dip” once too many times!

  22. 41 anniebella
    April 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    The folks on MSNBC were saying the President got his clock clean. The President gave Boehner too much is what they were saying, they even went after the President for trying to put a positive spin on this, I should have known better not to listen to those folks at MSNBC. They have turn against Obama because he haven’t done things the way they want him to do it. For a minute there I thought Lawrence O’Donnell had fallen in love with Michelle Bachmann. To those Democrats who want to jump all over Obama for this deal, maybe they need to remember if they had passed the budget when they had control of Congress, this would have been settle. So who’s to blame for it not being passed. There are voters out there who want our Government to get it’s financial house in order. So they will look at this and see that this President is trying to make a start. That he can work with Democrats and Republicans. No matter how hard it is. But voters don’t want us to keep spending money we don’t have. But the President still fought for the things he believed in like the health of women. Still support my President totally. To hell with MSNBC. I didn’t watch CNN!!!! Good for me.

  23. 42 Kelly
    April 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Wooooohoooo!!! so much happenings in a few hours. I am super happy people will not be out of work come Monday. Our POTUS has again kept the middle class working. I love him so much.

    A big thank you to Leader Reid. What a fighter that elderly man is. He never gave up and by the way, my uterus, which the GOP seems to want to tell me what to do with it thanks leader Reid too. Thank god our side still held the Senate. God bless.

    I love this little read. Take that victory Lap Harry 😀 well deserved. I know our POTUS won’t do that even though he deserved a bazillion victory laps. Poor guy, at least he can rest a little bit tonight.

    *from Politico.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took a victory lap on the floor late Friday night, following the announcement of a spending deal that averted a government shutdown with just minutes to spare.

    “This is historic, what we’ve done,” Reid said, accompanied by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It has not been an easy process. Both sides have had to make tough choices. But tough choices is what this job’s all about.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52840.html#ixzz1J0CMpt2i

    sorry to source politico but its the latest headline I found. Lastly this is good news for john McCain 😀 bwahahahahah I couldn’t resist.

  24. 43 lisa
    April 9, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Hola Cat48 and anniebella, I can’t stand Reich either, I think he’s a “progressive” nutjob(oh-oh, can you say oxymoron?) with a nasty beard. But in regards to what he said on the Ed show with that douche-y Chris Hayes of the Nation(of dumb asses), was that in 1937, after the freat depression, there were cuts when the economy was just coming back so there was a double dip depression. Then he cautioned that he didn’t think that in this case there would be a double dip recession. In terms of O’Donnell, he spent most of the time incredulous that Bacchdummy had enough sense to caution the repugs to take what they could with this deal and save the crazy for the debt ceiling and the 2012 budget. Then he began making fun of Bacchman cause though she tweeted that Repugs should just stop fighting and live to fight another day at 5pm on Friday, by midnight after the agreement had been made, she was on Faux News, running her fool mouth and head off, saying that the repugs should have faught. She’s a huge ass.

    • 44 lisa
      April 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

      sorry for the bad spelling, “fought”.

    • 45 Audrey
      April 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

      Lisa, it is amazing how a republican shows a fleeting second of faux decency and the so-called progressives and the liberal media fall all over themselves congratulating and praising the republican for the most mundane and phony 2 second act!
      But PBO can consistently live goodness, productivity, decency, dignity and brilliance while delivering on historic reforms every single minute of every single day yet he is attacked, insulted, denigrated and gets zero credit for all his miraculous achievements in the face of hate and obstruction!
      May God continue to bless, protect, guide and richly reward our extraordinary President!

  25. 47 barb
    April 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I can imagine how the President fells because I am worn out and this is just the beginning of the fight on budget. Boehner is a drama queen. I pray the President can relax a bit before the next catastrophe.

  26. 48 Tally
    April 9, 2011 at 2:35 am

    A few things to keep in mind –

    – Nevada Gaming will not give Trump a gaming license because he’s bankrupted too many of his own businesses, hotels, and casinos. This is a FACT. His hotel in Vegas HAS NO CASINO.

    – This country is still made up of mostly sane people, who want their government officials to act like adults, not spoiled children or thugs, who threaten people’s livelihood and hold the entire country hostage (especially during tax season when people NEED THEIR REFUNDS), over their own personal morality.

    – No matter how the rightwing-owned media try to spin this, earlier this evening they were forced to say WHY there was a hold up, and were forced to report on the GOP ransom demand of the EPA and PP. Granted, it was last minute, but it was also in stoppage time, with no more substitutions available, and the ref had run out of red cards to give (like that ever happens, or is even in FIFA rules…..) The TEAGOP have been over-reaching for awhile now. This was WAY too far.

    – EVERYTHING comes back to the GOP ransom of tax cuts for the überwealthy. The longer that goes on, the farther over the cliff the TEAGOP goes. If the economy double-dips, or foreign countries stop lending to us, the worse for the Bush tax cuts and the TEAGOP who supports that.

    I’ll say it again – Obama has played them all like a maestro.

    My only worry is the GOP will run some über-clown, and no one will bother to vote because Obama is too much of a shoe-in. Kind of like Daughtry leaving American Idol early (and no, I don’t mean Pia – she left because she was as boring as a Miss America talent segment, and dressed like she was a 40 year old ’70’s variety show singer caught in Mr Peabody’s Wayback Machine.)

    • 49 Lisa
      April 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Also my number 1 worry: that people won’t vote cause they believe he’s a shoe-in or they wont work as hard campaigning for him cause they believe he’s gonna get it any. From start to finish, we have to work very hard to define who he is to everyone so the great opposition phonies don’t steer the narrative with their birthier, big government crap/ narrative.

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