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House Republicans Announce Vote On Three-Month Debt Limit Extension

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House Republicans Announce Vote On Three-Month Debt Limit Extension


House Republicans have announced that they will hold a vote on a three-month extension of the debt limit, signaling that the GOP is ready to fold in the latest debt ceiling standoff.

According to CNN, the vote will include a requirement that both chambers pass a budget, or go without pay — a political shot at the Senate, which has not passed a budget in four years.

“That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year,” House Speaker John Boehner said at the House Republicans’ strategy session in Williamsburg, VA. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.”

“We must pay our bills and responsibly budget for our future. Next week, we will authorize a three-month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget. Furthermore, if the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said in a statement.

“This is the first step to get on the right track, reduce our deficit and get focused on creating better living conditions for our families and children,” he added. “It’s time to come together and get to work.”

Unlike during the “fiscal cliff” battle, there are signs that Boehner’s caucus is united behind the decision to stand down. South Carolina ‘s Mick Mulvaney, a Tea Party favorite, told reporters “If you can figure out ways to get little types of reforms, little fixes for small extensions, I don’t find that objectionable.”

Responding to the proposal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Washington Post that it’s “reassuring to see Republicans beginning to back off their threat to hold our economy hostage.” Reid added that he would be “be happy to consider” the proposal, although he did not address House Republicans’ demand that the Senate pass a budget or forfeit its pay.

The party’s decision to back down from a February clash over the debt ceiling was foreshadowed on Thursday by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“We will raise the debt ceiling,” Cornyn told the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle on Thursday night. “We’re not going to default on our debt.”

Cornyn’s statement was an about-face from two weeks ago, when he wrote an op-ed in the Chronicle warning that Republicans should not raise the debt ceiling without securing major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and that “it may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well-being of our country.”

When the Chronicle’s editorial board asked Cornyn why he had changed his position, the senator replied, “You sometimes try to inject a little doubt in your negotiating partner about where you’re going to go, but I would tell you unequivocally that we’re not going to default.”

In Williamsburg on Thursday, Ryan suggested that “the realities of divided government” would lead the Republicans to vote for a short-term debt ceiling increase.

“We’re discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt limit extension so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and the White House involved in discussions in March,” the former vice-presidential candidate told reporters. “What we want to achieve at the end of the day is a two-way discussion between Democrats and Republicans and, out of that, hopefully, some progress being made on getting this deficit and debt under control – because we really do believe that our obligation is to help prevent a debt crisis from hitting this country.”

The White House has repeatedly insisted that it will not accept a short-term increase. “There is a long tradition here of Congress acting to raise the debt ceiling,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his Thursday briefing. “This is a power that they’ve given themselves to do. And the point is — without drama and delay. A monthly extension is drama.”

“We’re not going to negotiate over extending the debt ceiling,” Carney insisted.

The White House’s position seems all the more reasonable in light of Cornyn’s statement, which has been echoed by several other prominent conservatives. Now that Republicans have acknowledged that they will not accept the consequences of not raising the debt limit, they have lost the ability to use it as leverage to demand spending cuts from the White House. It doesn’t matter whether Republicans extend the debt limt for three months or three years; without the threat of default, these skirmishes will have little political value for the party.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. NorthernDawn January 18, 2013

    Do you have to fuel the partisan rhetoric by using “GOP Folds on Debt Ceiling” as your message line? I would be just as interested in reading the article if you had said GOP Set To Raise Debt Ceiling

    1. Lynda January 18, 2013

      Agreed the headline is misleading and adds gasoline to the flame. However it certainly would be inaccurate to describe their actions as ‘GOP Set To Raise Debt Ceiling.’ They are only kicking the can down the road a few months. It is way past time for Congress to end the nonsense, increase the ceiling and move on to solving the ‘real’ problem facing the country…JOBS!

    2. Witnes This! January 18, 2013

      Of course you would-unless it was a democratic congress who stonewalled everything this president wants.

      1. Hillbilly January 20, 2013

        Who stoned walled President Obama? The Republican majority in the House of Representive and the use of filibuster and have to have 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate by the Republicans is what used to stonewall President Obama. When Bush 2 was President he never veoted a Republican bill no matter how bad it could be in the long run for the Country and the Republican controlled Congress rubberstamped eveything that Bush 2 and Cheney wanted

    3. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

      Sorry, but the media ALWAYS no matter who said what or who did what, always manage to editoralize every comment they make. Instead of just giving the news

    4. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

      also, as Linda stated, it would be inaccurate to say the GOP set to raise the debt ceiling, because so far they have done nothing except to agree with the Presidents red line he drew in the sand about the debt limit, and the GOP has no desire to be blamed on vets, retirees and who knows who else would not get paid, plus they would be sending the economy into a tail spin, and they have done enough of that already, with their approval ratings in the area of 20%

      1. NorthernDawn January 18, 2013

        Agreed. But using “set to raise” vs “GOP folds” are then both premature.

  2. Doc January 18, 2013

    In the NY Times the headline was: Backing down from their hard-line stance, House Republicans said Friday that they would agree XXXXXXXXX

    This continued use of win loose analogies needs to end. The winners or losers, either way are the American public. Both liberal and conservative news agencies seem to want to make everything a contest — so they sell more of their product.

  3. RNPRN January 18, 2013

    Bush never budgeted for his two wars. Whats the big deal! He just added it and now we are paying his $11 trillion dollars in deficits for his wars and tax breaks for the rich. What’s the hurry! He didn’t add the wars because he didn’t want the deficit put on his watch.

    1. Fern Woodfork January 18, 2013

      Don’t Tell That To Our GOP/Tea Party American Taliban They Will Just Blame This Debt All On Our POTUS When They Know Damn Well The Most Of This Debt Comes From Bush!! They Know That’s Why They Are Staying Far Away From Bush!!!

      1. robert January 18, 2013

        Or, is Bush staying away from them, Fern? Bush/Cheney are two of the wealthiest men in America as quiet as it’s kept. Think about it. They robbed this country to the tune of billions of dollars monthly for seven years through Haliburton and Blackwater. here in New Orleans, Haliburton and Blackwater was paving the way for contractors connected to Bush/Cheney during Katrina for atleast five years. Those two terrprists made out like fat rats in two false wars and one historic disaster, and it was done through Haliburton and Blackwater, two companies headed by Tricky Dick Cheney. Bush was deeply invested in everything his VP was doing and they robbed this country damned near into a national depression, then borrowed trillions of dollars from communist China to cover their asses but exposing America’s ass to long-term debt. Bush give less than a rat’s behind about the Republican/Tea Bags/Yellow Dogs, America, or Americans. He and Cheney got theirs. Them begging ass republicansd might try to hit them up for a lil some-somethin’ ;-). . . By the way, check out my new book, The Constitution and the New Jim Crow. Important piece of work.

        1. Fern Woodfork January 18, 2013

          Oh Yeah I Know About These Two Assholes They Got Their Stash From Gutting And Selling Out America And The American People!! On November 1 2012 Bush Was In The Cayman Island With Branson Founder Of Virgin Giving Speeches On Investing Money Offshore How’s That For An Ex President Of The United States!! The GOP/Tea Party American Taliban Give Less Than A Damn About Their Country Or Their Own American People Their Only Agenda Is Power, Control, Which Leads To The MONEY!!!

        2. Fern Woodfork January 19, 2013

          They Only Passing On Screwing With The Debt Ceiling For 3 Month Cause Their Leaders The Koch Brothers Told Them To Back Off!! Ain’t That A Bitch!! Congress Just Return From Yet Another Retreat Now They Will Only Be Working 2 Days A Week With A Starting Pay Of Over 170,000 A Years It Time For Them To Get A Pay CUT!! Believe Me They Will Just Start Some More Bullshit After 3 Month!!

        3. Plznnn January 19, 2013

          I believe Al Gore has more money that your hatred of wealthy Americans like Romney. ALso the Kennedys and George Soros. Which is it??? Are you against wealthy Americans or just Republicans that happen to become wealthy?

          1. robert January 19, 2013

            Neither. I’m for those who honor their country and their countrymen, regardless of their wealth or status. No grown, intelligent, patriotic, and caring individual has to be told or forced to contribute his fair share while his/her country and countrymen are in dire need. Were you a patriotic and caring individual, that question you asked would have never left your lips.

          2. Hillbilly January 20, 2013

            Gore does not have more money than Romney. Romney has so much money in different types trusts, overseas accounts and in China that we have no way of knowing how much money he really has. As for the amount of money that the Kennedy’s, and Soros’s have I have no idea, you have a hatred of wealthy Democrats so why can’t others have a hatred of wealthy Republicans, like Romney, the 3 Koch brothers, and others in the Republican ranks. I don’t feel hatred for any of the rich in the Country , I do feel comtempt for many of them over the way they or their families got wealthy and how greedy they are now. I feel comtempt for the father,Joseph Kennedy, of the Kennedy clan because he made his money in unethical ways, I feel major comtempt for Williard Romney and the way he made his millons after inheriting millions from his Dad George, who I have great respect for and the way George made his money, Williard made his own millions by plundering companies that were floundering who he was suppose to be helping to turn around and go back to making money, he and his partners even took the employees pension funds, leaving the employees with nothing and causing the US taxpayers to have to replace the money in the employees pension funds because the funds were federally insuranced.
            The TV network that Gore helped start and that sold recentally, Gore only owned 20% of the stock in the network so he only got 20% of the money paid for the TV network and other stockholders divided up the other 80 percent of the money received.
            I also feel some comtempt for Soros because ofwhat I have heard or read about the way he made his money. Since I do not have all the facts on Soros and how he made his moneyI use the word some, if he did make his millions the way it has been said, that word some will turn to major contempt. I have major comtempt for the 3 Koch brothers and their father and the way they made their money.
            By the way, your first sentence in your really does not make sense.

    2. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

      Not just the money the war cost, but what is the interest on THAT unpaid debt,

      1. Leo Sehler January 18, 2013

        To say nothing of the lives lost and the troops maimed for life. this cost will never be recovered.

        1. Fern Woodfork January 18, 2013

          If You Notice The GOP/Tea Party RNC Said No One Word About The Armed Forces Not One Word!! But They Are So Ready To Send Then To Fight The Wars They All So Eager To Start!! And Had Been Voting Against Our Vets Also!!!

    3. Independent1 January 18, 2013

      Unfortunately, I think there’s a catch to the GOP’s offer here, they’re going to try and put the pressure on the Dems for being responsible for holding up the debt ceiling increase 3 months from now. How? By setting themselves up for two opportunities to make major cuts to the entitlement programs: They’ll try to get big cuts to entitlement programs by the end of Febraury during the Sequester negotiations; and if they don’t get what they want then, they’ll pass another draconian budget (with cuts to entitlement programs and more subsidies for Big Oil and Agri-Businesses) through the House and then claim that it’s the Dems that are holding up the next debt ceiling increase by not passing their draconian budget through the Senate. By including the pay cuts in the legislation, it will just add more pressure on the Senate to pass whatever they include in the Budget Bill from the House. Obama and the Dems should say NO THANKS to this obvious attempt to scam America.

    4. Plznnn January 19, 2013

      You are so filled with mis-information and hatred of Bush. EVERYBODY knows that Obama increased the debt twice what Bush did, even after (promising) us that he would cut the debt in half! Plus 44 straight months of 8% unemployment and giving Amnesty to 2 Million Illegals while 23 Million Americans & LEGAL Immigrants remain unemployed.

      1. Hillbilly January 20, 2013

        Your post as usual show that you do not research any thing before posting your statesnent, like the fact that Bush 2 never included the money spent on his 2 unfinanced wars and the interest paid China after Bush 2 borrowed money from China to finance the wars and the fact that he took money twice from Social Security to make his bottom line look better. There years of spending on the 2 Republican wars that were never put on the books in order to hide how much money was actually being spent on them. President Obama has never hidden the amount of money spent on the 2 wars, one of which was an illegal war because it started because of lies told by Bush 2 and other Republicans, nor the amount of interest we pay China on the money loaned to Bush and the country since Obama took office. Also the deficit has been lowered which you would know if you watched something besides Fox not News and read the financal reports of financial experts that are netural when it comes to politics. Also by watching something besides Fox not news you will learn that President Obama has deported more illegal aliens in his first 4 years than Bush 2 did in his 8 years as President.
        I admit that I do despite Bush 2 and Cheney very much. I do not like either because I was one on the many that lost their jobs because of their and the rest of the Republics in Congress economic policies, cutting taxes and starting 2 unfinanced wars. I had to use all my retirement savings while looking for a job and finally have to retire 12 years before I intended to because I couldn’t find a job because of my age and the fact that many employers still think all women have husbands or males to support them.

    5. L Laws January 20, 2013

      The GOP is just upset we haven’t cleaned up their debt fast enough. They’ve raided the Post Office, “demanding 75 years prepaid for future retirements” Yet Banks walked away free and not one Banker was fired or lost their millions in bonus’ for failing Banks..Where is that Post Office retirement fund going? Now that this GOP also caused more unemployment there and ruined more families, what next? The PO ran over 2 centuries without a dime from the tax payers, while providing workers good health care and retirement..Congress did this to hand over OUR U.S. Postal Service to their donors at UPS and FED X who Lobbied Congress to “prevent the Post Office from expanding”..Soon we’ll pay $10.00 to UPS or FED X just to mail a letter, and say good by to delivery in many places FED X and UPS doesn’t go.
      All this GOP has done is bankrupt America, torture in our name in wasteful wars of aggression, ruin everything they touch, American lives included. After months of threats to the US economy, this GOP Congress did nothing but kick it down the road.

  4. ivory69690 January 18, 2013

    the shameful run has been you and the GOP ding-dongs speaker Bone-Head. For the last 4 years you and your party of no blocked every thing you could your just a gang as bad as the ones that wear white hooded dresses and burn crosses in the woods and feilds . just a group of evil haters .

  5. davidfishman2001 January 18, 2013

    The republicans who believe in the constitution, not paying the members of the Senate and the House for not passing a budget is strictly unconstitutional (Article I, Section 6)

    1. frida January 18, 2013

      This goes to show these people are not aware what they are saying/doing. What a shameful thing having them representing anyone!

    2. fljrod January 18, 2013

      You may want to read the 27th Amendment. No Budget No Pay is a great idea.

      1. stcroixcarp January 18, 2013

        Most of the people in congress are independently wealthy. They won’t miss the pay.

        1. DurdyDawg January 18, 2013

          Then cut off their entitlements like their over bloated pension and every other month vacation breaks, bet that would chafe their ass hairs.

          1. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

            I agree with that Durdy, all of their entitlements, and may I say, everything they get in salaries and perks ARE NOT entitlements, they have done NOTHING to deserve any salaries for 2-3 days work, perks, health care FREE, pensions for life, and not repaying their childs student loans, how can they even get a loan for that?????? HOW TO USE THE SYSTEM BY THE CONGRESS.

      2. davidfishman2001 January 18, 2013

        That doesn’t overrule Article I Section 6.

    3. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

      I am not certain I understood your post, but if you are saying members of the Senate and House should not be paid for their 2-3 day a week job, then absolutely and recind their pay raise.

  6. stvjas January 18, 2013

    I have been wondering whether or not this Gun grab was just another smoke-screen to cover for the fall from conservative fiscal policy….well now I know…..

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  7. Lynda January 18, 2013

    Buck passing is coming the new art form from the GOP. Just do the job and increase the debt ceiling so the nation can pay its bills. All of the drama and hyperbole is not helping.

  8. DavidW January 18, 2013

    They didn’t say whether the budget had to be balanced. I can make a budget and I can do like Bush and spend money on wars and RX drugs and not pay for them. They want one President to pay as you go and the other President to spend now and then pass the buck to the new President and give him a hard time in passing anything by being the Capitol One Baby and saying NO

  9. stcroixcarp January 18, 2013

    There has to be a catch. I don’t trust republicans.

    1. Independent1 January 18, 2013

      I think the catch is that they’re going to try and put the pressure on the Dems for being responsible for holding up the debt ceiling increase 3 months from now. How? By setting themselves up for two opportunities to make major cuts to the entitlement programs: They’ll try to get big cuts to entitlement programs by the end of Febraury during the Sequester negotiations; and if they don’t get what they want then, they’ll pass another draconian budget (with cuts to entitlement programs and more subsidies for Big Oil and Agri-Businesses) through the House and then claim that it’s the Dems that are holding up the next debt ceiling increase by not passing their draconian budget through the Senate. By including the pay cuts in the legislation, it will just add more pressure on the Senate to pass whatever they include in the Budget Bill from the House. Obama and the Dems should say NO THANKS to this obvious attempt to scam America.

  10. Witnes This! January 18, 2013

    Where were you guys when Reagan raised the debt ceiling eight times during his presidency? huh

    1. Independent1 January 18, 2013

      Actually, it was raised 17 times during his two terms.

  11. WhutHeSaid January 18, 2013

    This is the first wise move I’ve seen by the House Republicans in quite some time. The ‘no budget, no pay’ idea is an excellent one. What’s not to like?

    1. Rosemary Butt January 18, 2013

      except, after making the budget, the Senate should put in the budget only a one year debt ceiling would be acceptable to the american people, we are sick and tired of all this cliff crap the GOP is shoving in our faces.

  12. Shrapnel5 January 18, 2013

    We just elected some new senators, and maybe it is time that the people of this nation speak up and these Congressonal leaders accountable for their actions or their non-action to fix the problems this country faces. It is time to tell members of the house and senate to grow up and act like adults or get out and go play in the sand box.

  13. fljrod January 18, 2013

    For some. But $175k is $175k. Don’t underestimate their greediness! May be more symbolic than anything else but it’s a start.

  14. fljrod January 18, 2013

    Yes you are correct, it just permits them to set the amount.

  15. Mike Albertson January 18, 2013

    Going without pay? Even if it happened what impact would it have in the Senate or the House of Representatives? Almost every member is very, very wealthy.
    Why not include a fine of $1,000 for the 1st day and double the total every day thereafter?
    That would be $96,000 at end of the first week alone! Of course, the money would not be returned to the members but would go toward reducing the national debt.
    To end the “fines”, a bill would have to pass both houses and be signed by the President.

  16. Jim Dunbar January 18, 2013

    Ridiculous Boehner. We need a debt limit that demonstrates to Americans, markets worldwide that we treat our bill paying seriously and not in three month spurts. This is yet another ploy to bring up holding Americans hostage to a party that has been playing financial roulette with our money for far too long. The GOP crashed our economy during the banking fiasco, crashed our economy two years ago with same childish play on debt limit, and is willing to do it again because they are simply not getting their way.

  17. Jim Myers January 18, 2013

    The Senate should respond to the House by accepting the three month window.

    HOWEVER! Only with a demand that any cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, be matched by reductions in Military Spending, Agriculture subsides, Gas & Oil subsides, elimination of the taxable cap for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, etc.

    The ratio should be $1.00 of cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare for every $10.00 of cuts to the other “Sacred Cow Entitlements” the Republicans are so fond of.


    1. William January 18, 2013

      There should be no cuts to social security, medicaid, or medicare. Seniors shouldn’t have to pay for overspending by the GOP.

    2. Hillbilly January 20, 2013

      I do not understand how anyone can call Social Security an entitlement , a system that I and others in my age group have paid into for 40 or more years and even paid 2/3 more in SS taxes from 1981 than we were was suppose to that was speciafilly suppose to have been put toward our now retirement years. It is not our fault that a Republican President, (Reagan) put Social Security funds into the geneal funds so he could STEAL THE ACESS WE WERE PAYING ALONG WITH THE REGULAR SS PAYMENTS WE WERE ALSO PAYING TO MAKE OUR RETIREMENTS BETTER. Reagan took the acess amount we paid into the system and more SS funds to make people think that his trickle down economics were working when they weren’t and he knew it they weren’t, so did Bush 1 . Bush 1 did put the SS back in its own fund and sign into law a law that he and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill came up with to make it unlawful for the money in the SS fund to be used for anything beside Social Security. A law that didn’t stop his son Bush 2 from dipping into twice and using the fund as colleratal for the loans he got from China to finance his two unfinanced wars. I have read that President Clinton also dipped into the funds despite the bill.
      The salary that Congress recieves to me is an entitlement considering how few days and hours they are actually working for us, the citizens of this country. Also all the perks they receive are also entitlements, their medical care, their pensions and so on. The salaries paid to Congress since President Obama has been elected especialy the Republicans salaries should have to be repaid and applied to the deficit because they sure didnt do anything to earn their pay, they were to busy working on defeating President Obama in 2012 and doing what their rich campagin donors wanted to do any work for the citizens that elected them especially after the 2010 elections. Entitlements are paying for an elected member in Congress to fly from DC or his home state to campaign to a fellow party member. If they want to campaign for each other use their personal money, not my tax money to pay their expenses and air fair to it.

  18. Johnny January 18, 2013

    We have a House of cowards.

  19. manfred January 18, 2013

    The only inspiring thought is that they are willing not to get paid if they can’t pass a budget. Good luck! But at least there is some comfort of cutting that expens, though too little too late. Unfortunately, it will do little to solve anything. Hopefully, they mean a budget on the president’s desk, not just something rediculous like the last Ryan pie in the sky.

    1. RNPRN January 18, 2013

      Their action of no pay is not constitutional, that is why they preposed it. Why do we need 550 people in the house anyway. They each represent 700000 constituents. Raise it to 3 million and eliminate a lot of house jobs. Do a constitutional amenment. 700000 might have been a lot when the constitution was written, but now their are 300 million Americans. We would save a ton of money. Stop their taxpayer paid pensions and make them pay into a 401k and give them a match. Increase their healthcare premiums. Let them suffer like their constituents.

  20. bchrista January 18, 2013

    Has anybody noticed that you don’t hear a peep from Bush and his gang, the rest of the culpable party has been doing the defending that is the Holyer than thou Congress has been dipping and dodging the Responsibility by trying to put the blame on Obama, these gutless bastards will go to any extreme to not accept the blame for their fuckups.

  21. 4ngry4merican January 18, 2013

    ‘Furthermore, if the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement.’

    First time I’ve ever agreed with Cantor…

  22. Bob Shipp January 18, 2013

    Hahaha! Barry’s got’ em by the balls….. Go after those obstructionist bastards and don’t let up. They are starting to realize they have fucked up big time as they look at their favorability (sp?) ratings tank. The pee party has succeeded in marginalizing the GOP majority in the House and reducing it to a laughing stock. Intransigent obstructionism is not governance and they will pay dearly as we move FORWARD into the 21st century.

    1. Reddiaperbaby January 20, 2013

      Your spelling is totally correct…never doubt yourself!

  23. bchrista January 18, 2013

    I Noticed tha Eric Cantor said our families and kids, he didn’t say for our people or for our country and then we have the only politicion not elected voicing his opinion even though he lostthe election he’s not going away anytime soon, we will be hearing from him again in 2014 lets not be lazy an forget who he is.

  24. charleo1 January 18, 2013

    Obama should reject the asinine proposal, on the grounds of we’re not going beg you assholes
    every three months not to throw the economies of the world down the shitter, because you
    don’t have the political wherewithal, to make the Country to jump, and toe
    your line, every time you get a burr up your asses, and feel like you want to Scare the country
    again! As I recall, it wasn’t that long ago the Republicans were carping about businesses
    needing certainty. And you know what? That was exactly right. Businesses want to be able to
    look down the road, at least a year. And more than that is better. They don’t want to have
    to worry about a bunch of imbeciles, who have already proved there isn’t an ounce of sense
    among the lot, who actually believe a default by the U.S. Government would be just fine!
    In fact, come to think about it. Obama should demand this issue of a debt ceiling,
    where Congress gets to vote if they will pay the bills they created in the first place. Be
    completely eliminated on the grounds that even Congress should have a limit for stupidity.

  25. 1bythebrooks2 January 18, 2013

    No budget, no pay. How about no free health care for Congress to go along with that. How about requiring Congress to pay into Social Security, like the rest of us. How about no lifetime pay after service. How many of us common folk get that after several years in the same job, not as little as 2,4,or 6 years?

  26. William January 18, 2013

    Can’t wait to see what the GOP will do next, I would like to see them go without pay, but we all know that won’t happen. If they go without a check for a few weeks they will probably want interest on it or give themselves a raise to make up for any loss. While still trying to screw seniors out or everything they have earned.

  27. robert January 18, 2013

    These Republican/Tea Bag/Yellow Dogs are up to more tricks from their Acme Bag O’ Tricks. They are like quick-sand that appears to be solid ground until you walk into it. There’s a reason they caved in, and it’s not because the American people are watching their every move, they’re waiting for President Obama to make the wrong move so they could make another big issue out of nothing and blame him for everything. They want to cut and slash essential social programs thinking these cuts will move the economy forward, but in reality, it will slow the economy down, making more people homeless, povert stricken, and desperate. In the meantime, the rich will get richer. Such as in Louisiana with Republican Governor Bobby Jindal who is cutting State Income Taxes and shut down that division of state government who collect the taxes. It would give millions to the state to use those funds for subsidies and tax breaks to attract corporations and industries. To replace that revenue, he plans on raising the state’s sales taxes from .10 on the dollar to .16 on the dollar. Louisiana’s unemployment rate is still high. Though La. is still building, contractors are coming in with their in-house workers or immigrant workers from Mexico, South America, and the Phillppines, and are not hiring locals. They are getting subsidies and tax breaks from Louisiana’s tax payers, but no reciprocity, and Jindal thinks that’s good governance. Without a cost of living wage increase or jobs to match what will result as an increase to the cost of goods, there is no way consumers will be able to afford a 6% increase in sales taxes. But, that is the type of reasoning going on in the Republican/Tea Bag/Yellow Dogs throughout the country. Their thinking is skewed to personal wealth, not the representation of Americans or the wealth of the nation.

  28. billbear1961 January 18, 2013

    Don’t pay yourselves, Cantor, you prick. See if we care.

    Give up your healthcare, too, since you don’t think your fellow Americans deserve universal coverage.

    The GOP’s Big Money prostitutes with egg on their faces–one could get used to this!

  29. rumsiker January 18, 2013

    the first third and the sixth pictures you should have left out who wants to see the SSSSSSSsss” es

  30. albertkapustar January 19, 2013

    unfortunately this is not the great victory the article proclaims.It is more of the same while getting publicicty on their side.3 months then back to accussations sounds like more of the same.Now they want the senate to publicsh a budget so they can criticize the Democrats and go back to their bogus claims that we must cut programs that benefit the public to balance the budget.This is not caving but an attempt to get more people on their side for destroying the country

  31. Andrew January 19, 2013

    Accept it and set a budget…………This is the mosve bent over to get this done. I am a tax paying American citizen since birth…..A registered Democrat ………….Work together OR DON”T GET PAID…………….I wish that the repukes would have cut ALL OF YOUR PENSIONS TO THE SAME AS POSTAL WORKERS GET……………………EVERYONE THINKS WE MAKE OUT LIKE BANDITS ……YET IT IS THE CONGRESS THAT MAKES OUT LIKE BANDITS IN THIS CASE………..PUT YOUR PENSIONS IN LINE WITH THE AVERAGE AMERICAN…………..DOUBLE DARE YOU………..BUT KUDO’S TO THE REPUKES FOR MAKING THIS OFFER………………..

  32. Andrew January 19, 2013

    oH AND WHILE You’re at it ……put all of Congressional aides and employees on the same level as AVERAGE AMERICANS…………..

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  35. roguerunners January 19, 2013

    The pay should be forfeited NOW! And not be reinstated until the work is done!

  36. ococoob January 19, 2013

    Why a 3 month limit? This roller coaster, dramamine-filled shit should stop NOW!

  37. Jerpell January 20, 2013

    Ahh yes let the unbridled spending continue…spend baby spend, I love it!
    What else are we going to do with all the taxes the government collects…
    Spend baby spend…and when they think they’re done spending please find a way to spend some more….

  38. L Laws January 20, 2013

    GOP kicking it down the road again. No solutions, and except to bankrupt the Post Office and obstruct jobs growth, what do they do for the two days they show up for work, besides atack women’s rights?
    Boehner states in 2013, they only have 126 days scheduled to vote on anything. Expect nothing to get done, until we vote them out in 2014 and get a Congress that actually works for their money and shows up.
    Democrat’s gave us Health Care, and saved us from a GOP caused near Depression. These people have the nerve to call our President “lazy”?? Unbelievable!


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