Budget Deal Reached, Shutdown Averted

by admin on April 8, 2011

An hour before the midnight Friday deadline, Speaker John Boehner said Friday night that a deal has been reached with Democrats on the federal budget to avoid a government shutdown.

The proposal raised the level of cuts to $39 billion from this year’s budget, but spared slashes to groups such as Planned Parenthood while resolving other policy disagreements around social issues that were attached to the legislation.

The negotiators will vote on a stopgap funding bill fund the government through the weekend.

Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said he was pleased that Americans of different beliefs came together to avert a shutdown.

“Behind me, through the window, you can see the Washington Monument, visited each by hundreds of thousands from around the world,” Mr. Obama said. “Tomorrow, I’m pleased to announce that the Washington Monument, as well as the entire federal government, will be open for business.”

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Harold Trainer April 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

This is a sham on the American people. WE have been involved in two wars for 8-10 years costing three trillion dollars plus and it is still costing as we are still there at 250 billion a year and it is all borrowed while ordinary Americans suffer from foreclosure, unemployment, loss of investment, etc. while our govt provides tax breaks for Americans, especially the rich and famous and provide special tax deals for the big business and energy companies. And our govt will not end these wars nor discuss them when it comes to cutting our debt. No, they want to cut social security, medicare, medicaid, education and other programs designed to help the most vulnerable. This is wrong. Obama and demos will not fight and the repubs want to take us back in time to a place where Americans were paid little and given little help.Americans have not stomach to fight. Politicians are afraid and will not fight against the wars. We can no longer do these things when we cannot take care of ourselves at home. The country needs a lot of work thanks to our weak leaders. H. Trainer, Prospect

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