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. Joan--Michigan

    I believe that those in Congress (both Democrat and Republican) should be ashamed of themselves. They need to be held accountable, but apparently we the people don't have enough power to do that. Unfortunately, they are not doing what the people who sent them there to do. But this has been happening for many years–not just since President Obama has been in office. I'm feeling very discouraged.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  2. MIchele Fauset

    Cut congress's pay not the military. because Military is the losest pay in the government about $4.07 an hour.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Denny Cadman

    I am a combat vet. What's this budget cut about! I have a family to provide for! How am I suppose to do that if I dont get paid!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Tony, Stafford VA

    The fact is simple, if we don't make cuts now we won't have to worry about any programs for our country will be bankrupt and none of the programs will be funded. Inflation will shot through the roof, banks collapse on a far greater scale than 2 years ago. So have the social programs and the corporate greed and dont make the cuts and you can say goodbye to America.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  5. tom

    If the goverment shuts down, it is only fare that we stop paying for all the benefits to the congressmen and senitors.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Jeff

    You know what makes me sick all this talk about money but certain people dont care that service members who live pay check to pay check are the ones hurting. Yes I know some of these people cause I have some that work for me. I am a sergant in the US Army

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Carl

    Anderson, why in the world would you bring Dana from the tea party on your show. I have watched her on several occasions and I am not sure she deals with the truth well. Her tea party principle is the reason why Americans are going to loose any gain that we have made in the economy As well as 800,000 Americans are going to be out of work if just for a few days

    April 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Maria

    I love David Gergen also, but that isn't helping the budget stalemate tonight. Only the Commander-in Chief can step foward and legally issue and order to continue federal pay to military and families. Where is he? And how dare David Spence say maybe Americans needed a few days without paychecks! What does he think we've been doing. He certainly continues to get his. The arrogance!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Richard

    As a Solider and a father of 3 with bills due, how am i supposed to support my family and ensure my bills get paid and my credit still be in the 730+ category after all this. Some one in congress please tell me?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Thomas Ellison

    This is crap we the people who are fighting over seas and us wounded warriors who came to the states because of injurys and we live from pay check to check and bearly survive with what we have, why whould the government want to shut down im worried that i wont be able to feed my family. What am i sopposed to do eat my neighbors to survive ? This is not what the constitution says to do, but it says to protect our rights and not let the government run our lives. What happend to our country?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  11. sam best

    It is unbelievable that congress will get paid during a Government Shutdown while 800,000 Federal Employees will not get paid. Also the military that that are risking their lives in 3 wars will not get paid. I'm with David Gergen on this issue.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  12. mary

    Our senators and representatives in Congress must be either stupid, insane, or both, to think that the American public will long stand for their budget shenanigans, and still continue to pay them. Or vote for them. Get on with the job! Now! Immediately! Stop fooling around!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  13. William davies

    Just watched the Dana And David go head to head over 500,000.00 made me sick to my stomach we should get rid of all politicians and start over electing people who don't owe anyone anything yuckkk!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Sandra Vidas

    The tea party members need to take a basic high school civics course. Congress was established with authorizing Committees with expertise to make the policy determinations and to set upper funding limits and a separate budget committee to allocate the available funds among those legislatively established priorities. The riders are unacceptable to the majority of American voters who do not like being held hostage by a bunch of ill-informed newbies whose conduct seeks to undermine the whole constitutionally established legislative process. Remember that it was a REPUBLICAN administration that created this monstrous deficit by pandering to the wealthy and special interests and turning fiscal responsibility on its head. This group is acting like a bunch of spoiled two year olds who should be given a "time out" until they can act like adults.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Jasmine

    My husband is currently deployed and he and all other military service members should not have to worry about getting paid and providing for their families while on deployment! While some may have savings to fall back on for a short time others are living paycheck to paycheck…this message is floating around Facebook and I agree with it 100% ~ Dear Government: If you feel the need to stop paying our military personnel, then I think you should feel the need to stop paying yourselves – or take their place. I'd like to see you support your family without a pay check! Maybe if you take your pay check down to less than $100K it would help some of the budget issues in America. I'd like to see you survive on enlisted military personnel pay!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  16. johnnie mason

    maybe we need to get in the streets like every body elks,we as people have to stand up.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Alan

    Why do all politicians insist on cutting everyone's wages and benefits but never their own. The government may shut down soon, but I bet they will still get their checks. I understand, like the one lady congressman said, they all have expences, but so does everyone else. If every Senator, Congressman, and even the President gave twenty percent of their wages and pensions back to the people, a lot of needed programs could be funded. And I mean give back permenantly. They all say they are in politics to serve, so why the big salaries and pensions that they give themselves. I sure didn't get a vote on it.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Andrea Marie

    If the military looses their pay, who's going to pay their bills? Are the creditors, and land-loards/appartment managers going to have a law put against them that they cant kick out or hurt the soldiers credit?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Nick Betegh

    Reduce the budget by 10%?......Sure!shut down the government 1 day and re-open for 9 days, all year. I certainly would not miss it. Best of all, the politicians will receive ONLY 90% of their salary.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Sue

    Please Tea Party do not our military men and women as a bargaining chip. Regardless of the shutdown the military members will continue to get paid...remember departments that are responsible for safety and security remain open.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Susan

    Why don't we start making the big companies we bailed out last year start paying back? Why are they not helping paying for this?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Christian in CA

    This is frustrating, beyond frustrating. The people who are getting damaged by this don't care about all the words being spewed out of the politician's mouths. Is it so hard to find a silver lining? Why can't they agree like human beings should and stop reducing the livelihood of millions because of their idealogical differences? People don't care about the reasons on why this happened. Our "leaders" can sit and argue or they can actually get it done which seems like a miracle that can never happen.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Gretchen

    I say all Military have to be payed,at least add that as an amendment to the constitution,just like the congress must be payed is in the constitution.This is so much to do about nothing.If it just was a genuine Love of this country ,we would be going through this.This is political posturing at it's highest.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Darlena - SC

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

    Well said. This would be funny if it wasn't so sad. I believe high school students could make better decisions than the people now representing us in Wash. DC

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Wesley, Statesville, NC

    If the govt. shuts down then it's obvious it doesn't work. It's time to use the constitution and send them all home with out pay and get people in there who will do the job.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Rachael

    Isn't deflection always the name of the game when someone knows their argument is a farce?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Melissa

    If congress can't pass a budget to spend our tax dollars, then why should we be obligated to pay our taxes at all. I'm sure that placing a moratorium on all federal payroll tax obligations until a budget is passed would move Washington towards resolution very quickly.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  28. Mark Pine

    Actually, that was a pretty good debate on the budget showdown between Paul Begala, David Gergen, and that Tea-Party prettygirl named Dana.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Justin

    What about GE? They pay 0 in tax. They got how much from the tax payers? lol How much did they contribute to Democrats in '08 & in '10?

    Paul B. says "Shut down the entire government", entirely wrong.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    I think it's ridiculous for any elected official to advocate shutting down the government–differences over budget issues is no exception.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  31. daniel elliott

    this is why we have a govt shutdown...putting agendas before the people
    its just a blame game that accomplishes nothing

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Medicare Advantage is more Expensive than regular medicare.
    Initially it was created by the private sector to Save money. Over time the Advantage programs cost $120 for every $100 of medicare costs.
    Ms. Lash (sp?) does Not seem to know what she is talking about.
    And, you can only get Medi-gap Ins,(which is $100% coverage) unless you are 65 or older.
    If you are on Medicare disability – no medi-gap, your out of luck!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  33. John-Arizona

    Anderson...the budget impasse should have been resolved a few months ago. Thank you for informing me the budget bill is attempting to reverse EPA headway and tack on other riders.

    Our elected officials and dips in Congress have a Fiduciary Responsibility to balance the budget and make the government work for the Citizen.

    As Obama said, they are acting like children. And like selfish children they need desperate discipline...at least a few years 'time out'

    I think we have enough problems without our political representatives stabing us in the back.

    Keep on 'truckin.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Beth

    Heard a great comment today about telling your child they can eat retroactively when they get paid from their furlough....but, that is not a given...only Congress, yeah those guys that are shutting down the government....can do the extra steps to retroactively pay those who were furloughed. What odds will you give me that Congress wont do this because of the money....

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  35. jonie

    If you are not going to pay the military then they should all be on the way home from war. I dont see the government working for free.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Marion

    I fail to see how I can trust any government offical from either side or most large american companies. For they have forgotten how to to look at what is good for American's first. Most of all I wonder how much blame belongs to the America people for us allowing a two party system to control our lives. We all need to look at history after WWII and understand what made this county great while looking at the big picture of were we are going.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Steve Kozlovich

    Anderson..Got an idea..Lock everyone in the building, throw up a chimney and wait for that little puff of white smoke. "We have a new budget"
    This budget battle is the perfect definition for the word SNAFU.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  38. bill

    Anderson, i sit here listening to Dana and Paul jab back and forth similar to our government leaders who focus on their own agendas rather then whats good for the country. you act surprised by the lack of care in fixing this problem. let's face it they don't care about the working people that are affected by their ineffectiveness in doing what right.

    its a disgrace if one service member loses a paycheck over this or any other government employee.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    General Hamm says there is a chance ground troops will go in. Yet another Obama promise bites the dust.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Jennifer - Michigan

    How about that second earthquake in Japan – crazy.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Jack, Long Island

    The Republicans WANT the government to shut down to stop military pay UNDER Obama...doesn't anyone else see that? He must not let that happen because then more than the government will shut down, our whole system will fall apart. And there it is...the Waterloo the Republicans have been after all along!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Khristine

    I cannot believe that an entire budget seems to be resting upon womens' health. This truly angers me. I am sure we could find something far better to cut besides omitting health care for a huge volume of women who use Planned Parenthood for services other than abortion. The government doesn't even fund the abortion portion of PP. What are these fools thinking?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Sue R. - Canton Mi

    Who's doing all the decission making regarding all the budget cuts that need to be made? The Tea Party?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Nina

    Excellent Paul. You are spot on. The republicans are squawking about social issues. What about the huge costs to American Tax payers. How about not giving other countries billions of dollars?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Meaghan

    This must be what the meetings look like... And it's embarrassing.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Janis

    No it doesn't. AARP? There are tons of choices for seniors.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Stephen Wilkerson Maryland

    David Geregen is the voice of reason here.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Stefani

    We shouldn't even have to be considering what would happen if the government shut down. I think members of Congress need to look up the definition of compromise. When it gets this serious, they need to realize the gravity of the consequences. Leave politics out of it for once, please.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Peter from Raleigh

    I'm your average American citizen and follow politics when needed. The fact that the Republicans and Democrats can't come together on an issue like fixing the budget and preventing a shutdown of the government means we're in big trouble. Enough of the fighting and come together to fix this, don't punish the whole country for your private interests!

    Also, this immature banter between all of you on this show sums up our political problems in the US. Talk about solutions and stop jumping in with who did what wrong. Fix it now!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Mike in TX

    she is like the rest and won't answer any questions

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
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