Skip to comments.White House warns spending talks are on track for another shutdown ‘crisis’
Posted on 12/02/2011 10:21:18 AM PST by Qbert
White House Budget Director Jack Lew on Friday warned that the negotiations on the 2012 omnibus spending bill are going poorly and could soon lead to a crisis that shuts down the government.
Appropriators are negotiating a nine-bill, $900 billion omnibus package, but the White House and Republicans are at odds over rider provisions attached to the spending bills, including ones related to abortion and the environment. Funding for the government runs out Dec. 16, leaving little time to resolve the disputes.
Lew said President Obama is prepared to veto an omnibus with ideological riders in it.
I dont think it is in the interest of the country to have a crisis, Lew warned. There is absolutely no reason that this needs to go the path of crisis.
The budget director said that, in addition to riders, the White House will not accept any attempt to revisit the top line $1.043 trillion spending cap that was set by the August debt deal, or a bill that provides less additional disaster aid than that agreement allows. There should be no miscalculation about the intensity of [the presidents] feelings on this, Lew said.
I havent see a clear movement away from the riders that we are going to need to see, Lew told reporters in a briefing. I dont think the signal has been sent to drop the extreme provisions.
He said it would be a miscalculation for Republicans to think that by dropping riders, they can get an agreement from Democrats to defund such Obama administration priorities as Wall Street reform and the healthcare law.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) denied that a crisis looms over funding the government.
I think cooler heads will prevail and well get this done, he said when asked about Lews comments.
Lew would not say that each and every rider needs to be removed from the bill, and instead said that appropriators know which types of provisions must be removed. He cited family planning, womens health, healthcare reform and mining in the Grand Canyon as examples of extreme provisions that the White House will not accept.
The president is not going to be in a place where he can say everyone can go home for the holidays unless this gets done, Lew said.
Ah yes, going back to the Democrat playbook. Paging Newt, Paging Newt...
Everyday is a crisis with governments.
A carefully orchestrated “crisis”.
“Everyday is a crisis with governments.”
That’s how they keep the sheeple in their proper place.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
H. L. Mencken
Let’s see, what’s the script?
1. Pres and Congress say there’s a crisis.
2. Repubs in Congress pretend to say not one more dime.
3. Assign a world-is-going-to-end deadline.
4. Repubs cave the week of the deadline.
5. Add another trillion in debt.
” - - - defund such Obama administration priorities as Wall Street reform and the healthcare law.”
Yep, that’s a good start Jack Lew.
Both bills were robo-voted and violate the Constitution.
It’s also what they think they will use to win elections next year. And, it just may work.
Yup. Who wants to cut spending and get blamed for the collapse?
We have mutated into France with roughly the same numbers. From Zero Hedge. Look at the charts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
France Sovereign Debt Downgraded Debt to GDP Breaks 90%! (But US at 96% Debt to GDP)
Shut the damn gubmint down./
75 percent of it is worthless crap anyway.