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- February 24, 2011

Democrats Once Again Refuse To Show Any Leadership On Addressing The Budget  

DEMOCRATS REJECT BUDGET PROPOSAL THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN YET

“Senate Democrats Reject House GOP Proposal For Short Term Spending Measure.” (Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh, “Senate Democrats Reject House GOP Proposal For Short Term Spending Measure,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” Blog, 2/23/11)

  • “Senate Democrats Rejected Tuesday A House Republican Leadership Proposal To Extend Government Funding For Two Weeks Past March 4, The Date When Current Funding Expires.” (Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh, “Senate Democrats Reject House GOP Proposal For Short Term Spending Measure,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” Blog, 2/23/11)
  • The GOP’s Short-Term Plan Would Cut $4 Billion In Spending. “House Republicans want the short-term bill to cut $4 billion in government spending during those two weeks – a prorated figure based on the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed for the rest of this fiscal year.” (Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh, “Senate Democrats Reject House GOP Proposal For Short Term Spending Measure,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” Blog, 2/23/11)

WHILE THE GOP WORKS RESPONSIBLY TO SOLVE OUR FISCAL CRISIS, DEMOCRATS SAY NO TO SERIOUSLY ADDRESSING THE ISSUES

REPUBLICANS LEAD: The Republican-Led House Of Representatives “Made Good On Its Pledge” And Passed Continuing Resolution Containing $60 Billion In Spending Cuts. “The House early Saturday approved a huge package of spending cuts, slashing more than $60 billion from domestic programs, foreign aid, and even some military projects, as the new Republican majority made good on its pledge to turn the grassroots fervor of the November elections into legislative action to shrink the size and scope of government. The vote, of 235 to 189, was a victory for the large, boisterous class of fiscally conservative Republican freshmen that is fiercely determined to change the ways of Washington and that forced party leaders to pursue far bigger cuts than originally planned.” (David M. Herszenhorn, “House Votes To Cut $60 Billion, Setting Up Budget Clash,” The New York Times, 2/19/11)

  • The Cuts Were $100 Billion Below President Obama’s Budget Request For The Year. “The House on Saturday passed a Republican bill that cuts federal spending by $61 billion below current levels, or $100 billion below President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2011. Obama's budget was never enacted.” (Mike Lillis, “Schumer: GOP Puts Congress On Course For Inevitable Government Shutdown,” The Hill, 2/20/11)

THE DEMOCRAT RESPONSE: Obama Threatened To Veto The House-Passed CR, Which Could Cause A Government Shut-Down. “The Continuing Resolution (CR) bill currently on the House floor would keep the government operating past March 4. Some version of the CR is needed to avoid a shutdown since the Democratic-led Congress failed to pass a budget last year. Congress in December passed a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operating through March 4. … The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday issued a statement indicating that Mr. Obama will veto the CR bill as it stands …”  (Stephanie Condon, “Is a Government Shutdown in March on the Table?” CBS News, 2/16/11)

  • Democrats Actively Talk About A Government Shutdown, Hoping To Have “Political Edge On The Issue.” “Senate Democrats are talking about a possible government shutdown more than Republicans, a sign that Democrats are confident they have the political edge on the issue. Senate Democrats have met with senior White House officials in preparation for an intense clash with Republicans over government spending levels and a proposal to increase the national debt ceiling. The three highest-ranking Senate Democratic leaders warned on Thursday that a shutdown is a real possibility.” (Alexander Bolton, “Government Shutdown On The Lips Of Senate Democrats, Not Republicans,”  The Hill2/4/11)

WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESULT OF OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS’ ABDICATION OF RESPONSIBILITY?

The Deficit This Year Is Slated To Reach A Historic High: $1.65 Trillion. (Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Of The U.S. Government” Office Of Management And Budget, 2/14/11)

National Debt Has Increased By $3.5 Trillion During Obama’s First Two Years In Office. “Just as President Obama signed and sent his annual Economic Report to Congress, the Treasury Department posted numbers that show the national debt has increased $3.5 trillion so far on Mr. Obama's watch.” (Mark Knoller, “Debt Has Grown $3.5 Trillion On Obama's Watch,” CBS’ “Political Hotsheet,” 2/23/11)

  • “On The Day He Was Inaugurated, The National Debt Stood At $10.626 Trillion.” (Mark Knoller, “Debt Has Grown $3.5 Trillion On Obama's Watch,” CBS’ “Political Hotsheet,” 2/23/11)
  • The Debt As Of February 2011 Is At $14.128 Trillion, A $3.5 Trillion Increase Since January 2009. “The posting today shows the debt at $14.128 trillion; that's a $3.5 trillion increase in the 25 months Mr. Obama has occupied the White House.” (Mark Knoller, “Debt Has Grown $3.5 Trillion On Obama's Watch,” CBS’ “Political Hotsheet,” 2/23/11)
  • By The Start Of Obama’s Fourth Year In Office, The National Debt Will Have Increased By $5 Trillion Since His Inauguration. “Budget numbers released last week show the national debt will top a $5 trillion increase at the start of Mr. Obama's fourth year in office.” (Mark Knoller, “Debt Has Grown $3.5 Trillion On Obama's Watch,” CBS’ “Political Hotsheet,” 2/23/11)

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