April 7th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Emergency Meeting on Budget Battle: Join the Live Chat

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We're just 26 hours away from a government shutdown if the White House and Congress can't come up with a budget deal.
A meeting is underway right now. We'll have the latest on the showdown. Plus, a deadly airstrike in eastern Libya. And, here at home, the snake that escaped from New York's Bronx Zoo gets a name.

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  1. Derek


    I'm sisk of this. Republican would cut their noise to spite their face for fear this President is trying to assist americans with everyday problems.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Walter Rose

    The way rational people make good decisions is by sitting down, with the luxury of a bit of time, and thinking things out properly, not by forcing each other's hands at the last minute. I don't see any good decisions coming. So much at stake. So little time.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Dana Loesch did not answer Paul Begala's point about Sen. Mitch McConnell filibustering the Democratic budget. I would really like to hear any Republican answer that point.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  4. david

    I thought the congress was concerned about the national debt, did they know that shutting down gov. will result in millions of dollar each day?!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Linda

    Pence and Bachmann should be thrown out of Congress for advocating publicly that we shut our government down. And, please continue to make it clear that it's not that the Democrats don't want to make budget cuts, but they don't – and shouldn't cut the EPA, and funding for NPR (which includes Sesame Street) and Planned Parenthood (federal law already bans funding for abortions).

    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  6. andy

    Military people aren't getting paid while your congress is?..... come home soldiers, let the politicians do your work
    US gov't is sooo conveluted, such greed on the part of your politicians...... so bad....so sad

    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Lynn Ferrara

    There going to shutdown the Government?
    I didn't realize it was open!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Nina

    Right! Just cut EPA ... those that want to cut the quality of our air will have to breathe the same garbage as the rest of us... goodness...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Janice

    Key points to remember: Govt workers don't want to be shut down, esp those of us who work with military pay. We'd be glad to work gratis during the shutdown but not allowed. Military & families needs to keep calm, don't take out "shark loans", don't drive & use gas, contact your commanding officer to get assistance (i.e., food money). We're tough and we'll make it through

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  10. nikoa currie

    i am a soldier in the us army, with a family to support. I serve my country, have been to afghanistan and am do to go in september again. It amazes me to see and here about government employees will not be getting paid, and that the government will be shutting down. Is this an open invite to the taliban to wipe the us off the map?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Sounds like the Democrats never brought it up for a vote.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  12. yari

    I have a question???? If the deside to shutdown the goverment that mean they dont get pay neither right???? All goverment including them or how that work?????

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Sue R. - Canton Mi

    It's discusting to think that our men and women who are in war zones have to worry about making sure their families are going to have a paycheck and wondering if there's going to be enough food on the table for their children.
    I pray for our military families. Thats a lot of stress when so many are living paycheck to paycheck.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Beth

    Understanding that the Constitution requires that Congress gets paid does not make it right! If this is a Work In Progress, could we please see some darn progress???

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  15. angelique Ela Ze

    My question is where all those laws makers when we riched our debt of 1trillion dollars?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Carlos

    Hi Anderson:
    ...and Where we are?. WE THE PEOPEL!!!.
    All the politician never get the job done. How we can shutdown " for real" all the bad job from the politicians

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Jennifer - Michigan

    Congress should give their salaries to the military families that deserve it....Congress can wait for their money.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Lori

    Hi Anderson. Hi Everyone.

    I agree with David Gergen. It does seem wrong that Congress get paid while troups are going without.

    Do not blame Republicans. The President should not be focused on his campaign.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Wendi Frishman

    This is just unbelievable. They should be put in a room like children and forced to settle this and not come out until they do. Why do they care they will getpaid no matter what.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Mike in TX

    Sadly it's all about elections. Boehner and McConnell both said their very first priority was to get the President out of office. Boehner and the Republicans are running from the tea party who are busting their stuff to strengthen their position.

    Anyone that thinks this President, President Bush or any other is not involved for a long time in these thing doesn't pay attention.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Tammy-Virginia

    I'm tired of both sides and I'm looking for moderates to vote for. A driving analogy: You can drive on either side of the road, even though you may have a preference, as long as there is a steady plan. You can't drive with one tire off the road on either side or whip the car from side to side without rolling the car. I only see one wheel on the road for each side and the car getting whipped between. We don't have economic capacity to deal with whiplash or worse!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    @Janelle: thank you for your post. I certainly hope this is resolved so that you can pay your bills and feed your children. It's a travesty and very frankly embarrassing.

    David G. is right. The word is disgusted!! Playing games with peoples' lives.

    The Tea Party is holding the country hostage. This is not about the President not being a leader. This is about Boehner being slammed back and forth between mainline Republicans and the Tea partiers. He's afraid to make any deals.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Sally

    The time has come for all Americans to stand up and say, "Enough!" If the government quits on us, we should give up on it...No political parties allowed. What happened to Peace, Love and Understanding?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Heleni

    The democrats did not want to pass the budget last year because of the 2010 election and now the tea party is messing up the repuplicans and the country. they are a bunch of losers.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    David Gergen is right, They (Senators) already this bill passed last year, I remember that time.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Cheryl

    We CANNOT hurt our troops and their families. I appeal to the congress, senators and representatives and from Michigan to forego their salaries to help support the families of the military.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Walter Rose

    Regarding the EPA and carbon regulation. What they're trying to block is the EPA shutting down rougly 50% of the coal fired plants in the US over the next 5 years. If there's going to be a natural gas pipeline from Alaska (through Canada) this will work. If there's not then it's going to drive the price of electricity through the ceiling. Go figure!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Vilma Helmer

    Budget problem: The Tea Party are controlling the Republican esp Boehner not to give in. Tea Party Republicans who were elected last election will not be running for reelection this 2012. Boehner is not strong enough to control the tea party republicans bec he is afraid he himself will lose the primary to a tea party candidate. Tea party wants a drastic low budget so that Pres Obama will come out bad in next 2years. Most tea party are young republicans who only care for themselves.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Kimberly

    Congress could care less if our troops or anyone else gets paid. As long as they get their money thats all they care about!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Brandie

    It is so sad that our government officials will get their paychecks and the men and women that are out fighting for our freedom will suffer from this!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    David Gergen in my opinion is right about the lack of leadership coming from Obama.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  32. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am shocked! This is crazy America!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Jose Barroso

    I think politicians that don't get the job done for which they get paid for should loose their jobs.And be replaced by people that care for the USA and not their poketbook.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Eve

    I am so fed up with this congress, when we voted Obama in, we were hoping for change, now it seems as though congress has vamped up it's political poison. Who will suffer? our boys and girls in the military, and their families. Get it together people, when we had democratic rule things like this didn't happen. Go figure.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Beth

    As the mother of 4 currently serving military personnel and the wife of a civil servant, I must say that I am appalled that Congress will get their pay! I am frantically making sure that those overseas are not worried by paying their bills for the month, and those at home have enough on the table while we sit and wait to see what happens when we have no paycheck. God help those without emergency savings!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Nicole

    How dare that Rep say to adjust. If there is no pay there is not adjustment the banks and mortgage lenders, and utility companies can't just say hey thats okay dont worry about it. All its going to do is cause a snowball people are going to have to steal from Peter to pay Paul. Why, why must the focus be on ideological views rather than a budget keep your political and socical agendas out of the discussion we need a budget so one income families like mine dont turn to no income families. No one on Capitol Hill understands how people live and survive; we work so that we can live and have small luxuries.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Walter Rose

    The Republicans have been trying to force the Abortion agenda for literally decades. Now they're going to shut down the government because of it. Down the road lets not forget that THEY are responsible for ALL of the LOSSES that are the consequence of their folly.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Tara

    He is risking his life for us and the gov't won't pay him- sadness is an understatement- what are we going to do???

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Kristen

    Its a shame that this was not done when it was suppose to. As a military spouse I feel that a shut down is total discrace. Our troops are supporting our country as we speak and its just not fair. I understand that we will "eventually" get back pay but what are families suppose to do in the mean time?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Kris Kingsbury

    Goodevening Anderson,
    Why must selfish interests, and personal agendas, because of pride get in the way of a peacable resolution to a federal crisis?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Capitol Hill should work until there is no problem!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Emily M

    And we are the men and women out defending the government's right to even exercise these debates!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Stephen Wilkerson Maryland


    I totally agree political leadership is null and void on both sides. Why can't we seem to hold them (Dems and Reps) acountable for this?


    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Francis Vandenberg

    Maybe Congress should be locked in their respective chambers until they pass a budget. Bring in some Porta Potties and give them Military MRE's to eat. I remember a number of years back when they moved the Fiscal year from July 1 to October 1 to give them more time to pass a budget. Now the fiscal year is already gone more than 6 months and still no budget. I think all members of congress needs to get a grip on reality and do the work they are supposed to do.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    oops – I meant social issues should Not be part of the Budget!

    And to those in the Military, Congress could make sure the military is paid with making it law tomorrow! I bet it would be 100% support.

    Like David G. mentioned, the pay to the miliatary is a sham by the Rep's.

    By the way, it going to cost More to shut the Gov. down than to keep it open – i've heard reported!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Derek

    The republican leadership could have delt with this under President Bush. No, but what did the Republican do....Tax breaks for the rich.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Heleni

    We really need an independent party.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    David Gergen is right, this budget should have been passed last Sept.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 team, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Megan, Sharon, Heather,Nancy, Gloria, Mike, everyone!

    Can´t believe this is happening, lots of people are living from paycheck to paycheck.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Tara

    My husband is a federal employee stationed in Afghanistan and now we wait to see if he gets paid- this country disappoints me!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
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