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Thread: Reid on shutdown: "It looks like it's headed in that direction"

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    Carrie Dann writes:After an all-night negotiating session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he is “not nearly as optimistic” as he was last night about avoiding a government shutdown before a Friday deadline, saying of a federal funding gap: “it looks like it’s headed in that direction.”
    The Democratic leader said that the two sides have essentially agreed on the amount of money set to be cut from the long-term budget but that Republicans have drawn a line in the sand over “ideology” – including policy issues dealing with funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency.
    “Our differences are no longer over the savings we get on government spending, Reid said. “The only thing holding up an agreement is ideology.”
    Reid’s comments came as the White House announced another meeting with congressional leaders scheduled for 1 pm ET. The government will shut down if an agreement is not reached by midnight on Friday.
    House Republicans are lobbying for some “policy riders” – attachments to the budget bill – including ones that would defund the president’s health care plan, cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and target EPA greenhouse gas rules.
    Those riders, particularly those relating to abortion, have no place in a budget bill, an exasperated Reid argued.
    “It’s not realistic to shut down the government on a debate dealing with abortion,” the Nevada lawmaker said. “It’s not realistic and it’s not fair to the American people.”

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news...that-direction

    So it's not all about cutting the deficit. Appears the tea party wants to go after roe v wade and abortion rights.

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    I never considered Reid a good leader. The congressional leaders need to sit down, and decide on 10 items they agree upon, then agree to fund the gov't to avoid a shutdown. Haggle the rest in a call to arms session, but don't hurt the millions of people by failing to reach some compromise.

    Obama needs to count his political capital at this point, and swing his hammer to get this resolved as well. While its not his job per se, he IS the POTUS, and needs to wear the daddy pants now.

    Apparently, the republican cmmte members and dems had an agreement, but tea party has Boehner by the short hairs, and he capitulated. Obama needs to revive whatever compromise was reached, and lay it on the line for Boehner, as well that should come from the more moderate, mainstream republicans.

    This may be a defining moment for Obama's presidency. Poor guy, everytime he turns around, there's another "defining moment" or "pivotal speech". Healthcare, stimulus, A-stan surge, Egypt, Libya, shutdown.......

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    I just heard on the radio that Obama has called Boehner and Reid to the White House.


    (is that like getting called to the Principal's office??)



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    What a butt head...

    two guys with 40 years experience geting "summoned' by a community organizer. If Obama had done his job a year ago they would not be in this mess. Playing politcs then, playing politics now. His problem is, the public is not falling for his schtick anymore. 2012 can't come fast enough...
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    Harry Reid really put his foot in his mouth with the public when he went on about the "cowboy poetry festival".
    How can anyone take what he say seriously after that.
    The dems made a big mistake by electing him Senate majority leader again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    Harry Reid really put his foot in his mouth with the public when he went on about the "cowboy poetry festival".
    How can anyone take what he say seriously after that.
    The dems made a big mistake by electing him Senate majority leader again.

    Your disdain for the Democrats is certainly appropriate, but look at it this way. I have a good friend in that august body that told me, with this POTUS, no body wants that job. They are more than happy to have dingy Harry continuing to bluber idiotic statements that only he is capable of.

    As long as the unions and George Soros run the Democrats, how could they get a better yes-man than dingy Harry? Now that they've lost their other blithering idiot spokeswoman, they need to keep this dufus at the podium.

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    We've got Lucifer himself in the White House, Abaddon in the Senate and a crybaby in the House.

    We're so freaking screwed with this crew.

    We live in Cuba now.

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    House passes bill, Obama threatens to VETO the bill, shut down Govt.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...,2265172.story


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    Harry Reid refuses to even bring it up for a vote in the senate.
    Rumor has it that it would pass the senate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    Harry Reid refuses to even bring it up for a vote in the senate.
    Rumor has it that it would pass the senate.
    Soros told Pelosi, Pelosi told Obama, Obama told Reid.


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