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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:49 AM
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Pelosi Suggests Dems Won't Let Government Shutdown If Republicans Abandon Boehner

Pelosi Suggests Dems Won't Let Government Shutdown If Republicans Abandon Boehner

Brian Beutler

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that Democratic votes will push the spending compromise over the top -- even if Republicans defect in large numbers over a new report suggesting the bill will cut less than a billion dollars in government spending.

"I have always thought that if he (House Speaker John Boehner) didn't have enough votes -- if he didn't get 218 on his own -- that there would be Democrats who could help put it over the top," Pelosi said at a Capitol press conference. "It's just a question of how big that disparity is."

"I assume they have the votes," she added. "They seem pretty confident. You sound less confident than they do."

Boehner's been on a PR offensive all day, to stanch the bleeding after new CBO numbers suggest his compromise with the White House will only reduce direct payments by about one percent of the $38 billion in cuts he advertised.

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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:55 AM
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1. Here's a song for the Weeper of the House
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:58 AM
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2. Haw-haw. They Tea Partiers will be furious as soon as Dick Armey tells them to be.
They wanted $100 billion, they thought they got $38 billion, they really got 1% of $38 billion. :rofl:
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earthside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:17 AM
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3. Bad move, Nancy.
Democrats are never going to get back the majority if they rescue the Tea Party and Repuglicans and House business goes on as usual.

Boehner has the majority, he and his people need to learn how to accept responsibility.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:40 AM
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4. What's the bad move? She's supporting the budget bill.
This is in support of the budget bill not about Boehner's. Boehner has his own problem. Because 352 million in cuts doesn't equal 100 billion that he needed to give to the tea party.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:33 PM
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5. Boehner turns to Democrats to pass funding bill to avert shutdown
Boehner turns to Democrats to pass funding bill to avert shutdown

So the House has now officially passed the FY2011 funding bill to keep government open and prevent a federal shutdown. The final vote totals:

    Republicans: 179 Yes, 59 No
    Democrats: 81 Yes, 108 No
    Total: 260 Yes, 167 No
As you can see, Republicans needed Democrats to get the bill passed. It takes 218 votes to pass legislation in the House, and the GOP delivered just 179 votes. Without at least 39 Democrats, it would not have passed. In the end 81 Democrats voted for it.

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Last week, 28 Republicans voted against the CR. So between then and now Boehner lost another 28.
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fugop Donating Member (901 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:36 PM
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6. But hey!
I thought Boehner won? I thought he managed a delicate balance between the two factions in his party? I thought ... yea. Never mind.
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