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Obama intervenes in budget talks

April 2, 2011

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— President Barack Obama pressed the House and Senate leaders Saturday to agree to a budget in time to avert what he says would be an economically harmful government shutdown, but restated his opposition to certain spending cuts and other provisions insisted upon by Republicans.

Obama delivered the message in separate telephone conversations with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the White House said.

Negotiations continued Saturday on a bill to fund government operations through Sept. 30, the end of the budget year. They have zeroed in on cuts in the $33 billion range, but haven’t agreed on where to make them.

Government funding expires at midnight Friday. Much of the government would shut down without a new budget in place.

Complicating matters from the White House view are non-spending provisions that Republicans want to put in the budget to block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing regulations on various industries and ban funding for Planned Parenthood.

Obama told the leaders that he opposes using the budget process to “further an ideological agenda” by pursuing issues that aren’t related to reducing spending or the deficit, the White House said. Obama also said he objects to cuts that would undermine economic growth and job creation.

He said shutting the government would hurt the economy just as it’s beginning to create jobs. On Friday, the government reported that the unemployment rate had fallen to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and that the economy added 216,000 jobs last month.

Comments

Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, I'd really like more input from this monumental wreck of a president.

"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing." -Senator Obama 9/08

"The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ...." --Barack Obama

May God Bless.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

Wait, wait, you mean you don't like Obama??

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

You know I sometimes wonder about Obama but then Shewmon opens up the old pie-hole and I stop questioning entirely.

weeslicket 3 years, 8 months ago

also, the following (from mr. shewmon) makes no sense: "Funny too wee, snopes?"

and also, my name is weeslicket. kindly refer to me by my own name. weeslicket.

pace 3 years, 8 months ago

The GOP have not done anything about jobs. The have fought any foreclosure relief, which is going to hurt housing stock and degrades most people's home equity. The GOP has not broached defense, social security and has concentrated on the programs that help the elderly, children, and the infirm. The only strong stand they have taken is to increase the tax cuts to the wealthiest and the tax loop holes are their favored pets. Fore.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 8 months ago

Medicaid is the first entitlement program to targeted by the GOP. Not medicare means, not social security means testing. Medicaid. Health care for the impoverished. Medicaid. For the poor.

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