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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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Josh in AZ

    Maybe they should do what Janice Brewer did in AZ... cut education and medical care. Dumber and sicker!!! It's all the rage in this country.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Wendi Frishman

    Ok I agree let's start cutting starting with the governments salaries by 2/3s. And as Paul said cut subsidies for the oil companies

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Leave Planned Parenthood alone!! Why are we in debt? Can you say war? bank bailout? tax breaks for large corporations and the rich?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I suggest we cut the elected officers' salaries as well as the appointed officers!

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

    Dana, stop protecting your special interests!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Nina

    Right Dana, Cut planned parenthood because it costs us hundreds of billions of dollars... lmao how outrageous...

    April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Kelly

    Dana – shutting down the government for even 1 day would cost more than funding Planned Parenthood!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Janis

    Why are people giving the tea party so much clout? They're just the noisiest at the moment.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Jennifer - Michigan

    David Gergen always uses the best words to describe his ideas and feelings.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Josh in AZ

    If the Government can't figure out a budget and properly spend tax payer money... maybe they shouldn't get it.

    Any Company out there that doesn't invest or spend well, fails. They lose customers. We rely on the Government... if they can't produce, I say don't send your tax money in. What? They can't lock up the whole nation.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Brandon

    I can't believe these politicians are arguing over such minute issues. How have Americans become so ignorant on political issues, that they vote people like this into office? Maybe if the government keeps cutting education, it will keep everyone in the dark about government and they can keep getting re-elected.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Nina

    Dana!!! Cut the Defense budget!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  13. Steve

    This whole thing with the budget and the shut-down is totally unacceptable. Had these same people been responsible for planning the budget for a large corporation and failed to meet the deadline imposed by their boss, they would be out of a job. I don't see why this should be any different. "You're Fired" should be heard coming from the oval office.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Wendi Frishman

    Too bad the military can't just throw up their hands and just come home cause the government is shut down!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  15. Gretchen

    Congatulations President Obama on your re-election.I guess people have forgotten why he won and what he ran on.To find out that they want to end medicare,cut food programs and education programs,and give tax cuts to the wealthy when the majority of americans are middle class and working poor.Well republicans all that victory you smelled is comimg to a screeching hault.I mean duh to put abortion and green house gases in the budget ha ha on you

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Tea Party cares about the size of the cuts, not Planned Parenthood.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  17. whitney

    I just don't understand how these people can be so heartless and not put aside their egos to get something passed so our soldiers and the rest of the government employees don't go without pay. I am an army wife and this going to effect our family dramatically. I don't even know how we are going to pay our bills with half of a paycheck. I am grateful that we are getting at least half but I am sorry your soldiers deserve their whole paychecks and more if you ask me. I sure hope they get something passed soon, and I hope that both parties realize that if they don't get this fixed soon then come re-election time I am willing to bet they will all be looking for new jobs.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  18. kay

    Paul is correct and Dana needs to admit that McConnell filabustered the bill from being voted on. His words it should wait till after Jan. Dana is just another not cast.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  19. MaryBeth

    I love David Gergen. He asks the good questions and brings up awesome points.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Nina

    Thank you David Geregen! "Its all about smelly politics" Could not have stated it any better! It all Stinks

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Allan

    I'm all for helping others, but why can't we stop foreign aid and use that money to pay our troops and help our situation at home. Help others after we take care our own.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Stephen Wilkerson Maryland


    Totally Agree Let's get out of Iraq... How much did that cost? Let's not give tax breaks to the rich. Let's get rid of the Coorporation loop holes. Let's stop subsidizing the Oil companies and then let's cut taxes to the middle class!!!


    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  23. Rick

    Do you remember being taught (indocrinated) in school that the USA was "the greatest country on earth?" Or that this country's system of government was superior to all others? I sure do. And seeing all this play out makes me so sad. I feel like I was lied to – straight to my face. We need a parliamentary system of government, not this antique system we have now that no longer functions!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  24. Bob

    Tongue in cheek but I wonder if the American people could hire a good lawyer and file a class action law suit against the entire congress – hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Mike in TX

    What she says is right to a point. 40 billion is chump change compared to the totals and is nothing when called "cutting the budget". It's all about the election

    April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Nina

    Just cut the 700+ bases over seas and we would be fine

    April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Mark S. Kramer

    I like every concerned American have had it with our political parties and politicians.There is just too much greed and game playing in the political arena and the American people are sick and tired of it all.There is no reason that our government should have to shut down should it come to that.I personally feel that the worst part of a shut down is that our troops would not receive there pay checks and that is absolutly shameful.If our politicians continue down this path it will eventually lead to a cival war in our country just as it has in the middle eastern countries.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama can direct that military pay continue. He's the one playing politics.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Kristen

    I wonder if Congress would still go to work if they were not going to get paid for it but promised to get back pay? Probably not !!! Yet they are expecting the military to still go defend our FREEDOM but yet not get paid when they are suppose to, only promised that they would eventually get back pay, Congress is still ging to get paid shutdown or not. Does anyone else see this as problem? Show our military some love and support

    April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Joe

    We're not just talking about 800,000 federal employees going on unemployment, but consider the economic effect on all the contractors, businesses (small and large)and workers that support federal facilities that depend on the federal government being open.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole re: politics vs paying the military

    I can't imagine what we look like to other countries.
    It's okay to play Politics but NOT pay the men & women who are in harm's way and their families?

    Again, i hang my head.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Sue R. - Canton Mi

    there seems to be a few military personal and families on the blog this evening. Have you started a petition or written your Rep's and Congress? It is really sad that they will get their paycheck no matter what happen's.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There was no filibuster. there was a threat of a filibuster. Based solely on the threat, Democrats caved and abandoned their responsibility to pass a budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Wendi Frishman

    All this over planned parenthood?

    And what Paul said about the long term budget cutting medicare and taxs cut for the rich. Thats what wrong here the rich and the Tea Baggers

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  35. Teresa

    Lets level the playing field... no agreement no pay for Congress.
    Health care... I will think it's a good idea when Congress has the same health care plan as the citizens of this great country.
    Congress is an elected body.. they work for us
    something that appears to be forgotten by those elected to serve.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  36. judy

    If you are one day late on a credit card payment, you are charged a late chare plus your interest rate will go to 29.99% and it is reported as 30 days late to the credit bureau making it impossible to pay your debt or get credit. There is a lot of federal employees with a lot of credit card debt out there. Will congress bail us out or loosen the bankruptcy laws for us?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Josh in AZ

    There are more civilians than Government... what is happening to this Nation? I call it "Pushover America". If government shuts down and doesn't pay someone like a soldier... put down the guns... leave the base...

    We keep putting up with this garbage like poor education, poor healthcare, top heavy greedy Corporations, and now they don't want to pay Government workers and soldiers, etc. I say take them at their word and integrity... walk away and see what happens.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Janelle

    We are in the middle of one of the most difficult times in history within these last 10 years. But now the government is being petty over planned parenthood? My kids need to eat, have a roof over their heads and everything else. Wile my husband spent almost 4 years total in Iraq, this is how the govermnment is going to repay him by not paying him. It is both parties faults, but neither want to budge.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Sue - Oregon

    A government shutdown also doesn't just mean we don't show up for work on Monday. Our agency has employees at trainings across the country who have to come home prematurely because they don't know if their travel home will be guaranteed. Some of these trainings will not just restart when this situation is over, so that education is lost. Others that may restart will now cost additionally to send the employees back again!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Mike in TX

    It's against the law for federally funded abortion but the Republicans want to hold up the pay for millions including our soldiers who are giving their lives every day to get something through they have been after for years. When one participates in 2 mile long escorts for our fallen heros and see's thousand of citizens along side of the road I am just blown away that congress would even risk our soldiers not getting paid

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Angela

    Our leaders are acting like children. As far as planned parenthood and abortion issues shutting down the government, I believe this is a smoke screen to NOT come to an agreement on purpose to make the Dems look like incompetent morons. Meanwhile 800k+ families will struggle to pay rent, mortgages, grocery bills, while their loved ones risk their lives. Then the congress has the nerve to say they NEED their paychecks, even though they are not going to work. Ridiculous isn't even the word.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Jose Barroso

    all that is happenning tells me that most people in our governtment don't care about the average joe, only their special interest groups.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Nina

    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?!

    Obviously Congress is unaware of this fact. Do you want to educate them? As they certainly need something!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  44. sonny

    i want to know how this is going to effect visa's
    my wife is in the process of getting her K-3 visa.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Nicole Netherlands

    @Betty AnnN America is looking crazy, if the government takes politics over paying soldiers..

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @BettyAnn, TX re: this is crazy

    You are right, this is nuts!

    The "greatest country" in the world cannot pass a budget??!
    I hang my head and don't even want to see what will happen with the budget for 2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Bob

    Maybe congress should consider a reduction in their pay and benefits as a show of good faith. They seem to be willing to cut everyone elses income but you never hear them looking at themselves. Where else can you have a job for two years, loose the job, but still get your full salary for the rest of your life.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Catherine Berryhill

    Congress should have worked around the clock on the budget and earned their money. It is a Strong indication of dishonesty, when Congress gets paid and others do not....So unfair.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I would never vote for Republicans, It made me sick of it........ I would have trust people to help service like Military, people who have jobs or business........ I don't like Republicans hostage our money, Where are paycheck right now??????

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Michael, Greensboro NC

    It's obvious that the "party" style of government is no longer a viable system. Common sense, integrity, honor and sense of duty and purpose have all been replaced with greed, power-mongering, pettiness and stupidity. The childish antics of our nations politicians is an embarrassment!! How can we, with a straight face, try to teach our children how to play well with others when THIS is the example set at our highest station of "public service"...?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
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