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Senate Blocks Boehner's Debt Plan: Join the Live Chat
July 29th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Senate Blocks Boehner's Debt Plan: Join the Live Chat

It's been a dramatic night on Capitol Hill. The House approved Speaker John Boehner's debt plan in a party line vote of 218-210. 22 Republicans voted against the plan. And there was no support from Democrats. The measure then went to the Senate where it was blocked. With four days to go until the debt ceiling deadline, we're no closer to a deal. We'll have the breaking news and look at what's next in negotiations. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Have a safe weekend and we'll hope and pray for progress in Washington.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Grant

    Good night all See you monday!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Lori - CA

    Good night Anderson. Sweet dreams. Take care of yourself.
    Good night Everyone! Have a restful weekend.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Emily

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Paula, Colorado

    I hope the gov. gets something done over the weekend. I hope you are able to get some rest, Anderson!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Nina

    Good Night everyone. Have a wonderful Evening and weekend

    July 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  8. lisal -canada

    well this whole thing sounds very chaotic – given the situation, i hope everyone has a very productive weekend – nite

    July 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Thank you & good night Anderson & Team 360. Have a good weekend (oh that's right you're probably working).

    Good night fellow writers. I wish you a safe & peaceful weekend. And pray that some how Congress comes to a compromise

    July 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Ed

    We are at a time in everyones life that as a citizen of this great nation we are seeing a government that is ruling the people through there own agendas and there financial backers. We are a country that people are looking at around the world for something they wish there country could be, but I see that as we defend others and try to change the way there governments act, we are waisting our time because washington looks like an area that believes they are right and the citizens of the U.S. are weak and wrong.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The government should go in partnership with Apple!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      Can the government take lessons from Apple?

      July 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Janis

    I believe Warren Jeffs thinks of himself as a prophet and only God can tell him what to do. A court of law probably doesn't hold any authority with him so he will just go through the motions to satisfy the state.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      Janis, I believe you are very right.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Why doesn't the Senate pass the bill to get past potential debt default? Can argue the positions for the next 6 months and rally however many citizens behind their point of view and change the direction of the bill then, if they think it is right.
    Don't understand how only a small group of congressmen are being held responsible according to the majority of the media.
    There is shame on the leaders of both parties and the Prez. Incredibly foolish to risk the downside.
    Pass what you have to pass and fix it later.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Hi Daniel. Great post & i agree with you!

      July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Nina

    He has delusions of grandeur!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  15. lisal -canada

    i do not think that jeffs has a concept of what the actual legal and court system actually is – he seems like he is used to having the legal system bend to suit his personal needs – interesting

    July 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  16. LPyron

    I just saw Fareed Zakaira comments on 360 that the tea party "is anti-democratic." You may not agree with them, but you know where they stand. The Democrats have not passed a plan and as far as I know, do not have detail on paper. The DEMOCRATIC thing to to would be to allow a vote on the Boehner plan and let it fail, not table it. But of course that would mean that they would actually have to take a stand and explain why they do not want to vote for a balanced budget amendment to their constituency. How can not even allowing a vote be more democratic than at least passing something? There has not been a budget passed for over 2 years because the democrats to do want to beheld accountable for anything. At least there is some courage on the other side......

    July 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      Other side has some courage I agree but that courage is hurting the nation economy

      July 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Lora

    You're right Fareed. Everyone is disgusted and furious with the ineptitude and political buffoonery of congress. Our country is teetering on the brink of financial ruin and all Boehner talks about is what he (and his neck) have done! Bush bankrupted our country and now Democrats and Republicans would rather play politics than do what is right for the country. They need to raise the debt ceiling NOW – or we will all see job losses like we’ve never seen before. Work on balancing the budget NOW by cutting back the waste – NOT burdening the sick, elderly, and military. Increase taxes NOW! I will never vote Republican again if they sacrifice our sovereign nation for a band of ignoramuses (aka Tea Party) who would rather see our country go down the tubes than COMPROMISE!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  18. David Bernardi

    The last thing we need is a cut in spending. The revised GDP figures from today are so troubling. Yes, cut the deficit in the long term, but now is the time for short and medium term investment, avoiding a tea-party induced double dip.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Jake

      I have to admit David, you're right that a cut in spending right now is kind of a bad idea. I do hope, though, that the budget gets balanced in the future. It takes time, of course.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Richard in Texas

    Balanced budget amendment now? Nonsense. Your house is on fire, but the fire department won't put it out until you install smoke detectors.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Grant

      Now isn't that the truth.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Obama has been a disappointment. It was always my concern that he simply did Not have enough experience to take the Presidency.
    .
    I would really like to see him suceed, , i still have Hope, however i remain unimpressed..

    July 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Lori - CA

    Great show tonight Anderson and CNN.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  22. vic , nashville ,tn

    After watching the comments “Balance budget” look like a gimmick form tea party

    July 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Janis

    I thought the President and Speaker Boehner had been in close contact and discussions about this for awhile. Boehner is having internal GOP caucus problems here. The GOP has become dysfunctional for the time being.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Richard in Texas

    Well said, Fareed Zakaria. I also hope that President Obama is seriously examining the 14th amendment option. The TEA Party children have made the House of Representatives so dysfunctional that there does not appear to be much hope for any adult compromise.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Josh

      I guess it's so much more "functional" for Obama never to reveal any plan, and for the democrat children in the senate to make sure they didn't even read it before rushing to vote it down. What a great group of compromisers they are. Don't forget...the reason the Tea Partiers are there, is because the American people were sick of Obama and the democrats ignoring us and passing legislation we were adamantly protesting. It's only been 2 1/2 years, so we could only change out the House, or else the Senate would've gone Republican, too! So now you, who were in the minority last election, say that you aren't happy that what the American people elected, are doing what the American people elected them to do! How open-minded! 🙂

      July 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
      • Grant

        I feel your pain that is exactly what Bush put me through. I thought Obama would be different but the two party system is broken.

        July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Dave S

    When our People Perceive that they’ve been Plunged into a Predicament or are Precariously Perched on a Precipice, the Politician’s must not be Paralyzed by Past Poor Policies, or Pedantic Principles.

    Please, pull up your big boy and girl Pants, Press forward and Provide Productive Possibilities. If not, you are going to be Personally Plagued by not-so-Pleasant Polls. We the People will Punish our P.oliticians even if we Perform from our Personal financial Prisons.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Gretchen

    finally the voice of intellect and reason has spoken,fareed is absolutely right,the so-called tea party republicans are willing to allow this nation and other nations to crumble to get their way,that is really insane.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Nalini

    And this is the greatest, richest, most powerful nation on earth?
    Maybe that's why this dysfunctional government thinks it can play around with everyone?
    I am sickened by this...poor veterans, seniors and others must be worried to death.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  28. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night tea party members didn’t accept republican’s proposal so they won’t accept anything from president or senate
    Now congress not functioning president must protect the nation so 14th amendment

    July 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Grant

      Yes they will they just won't like but at lewast they'll no how we feel.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      I beleive that if the Congress allows default, the Pres. will have No choice but to use the 14th ammendment.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Gerodie, Conway, SC

    Funding a war cost dollars. Will someone ask the various commentators to comment on this, as part of the justification for or against the need to raise the debt ceiling, and the expectation that it will be reduced after troop levels are reduced overseas.
    Also, please ask the various political guests, "is it the President's position to present a budget; or should this be the role of Congress to present same; then get the President's approval or disapproval".

    July 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Edward

    Fareed is so right on. As the U.S. continues to lose credibility so does all of it's institutions and it's people.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Emily

      I wonder how the vast majority of Americans are feeling about what is going on?
      (If they agree with it, and would be cheering for their Representative or if they are embarrass and frustrated?)

      July 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Glenn

    Fareed hits the nail on the head!!! stop letting the nuts in the teaparty and continue letting them poison the airways. Everyone with half a brain knows where they are..

    July 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Janis

    Obama needs to take charge of this. it's turned into a fiasco. It's harming the US image with the rest of the world. Obama need to step up, invoke the 14th for the sake of America.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Emily

      I think that Obama has been a very poor leader. It really shows that he's never lead anything, (ie. Governor. etc.) He can give an outstanding speech, however, I've not really seen him lead. I think that during this issue re. "the dept ceiling" is a great example, as I said early, I don't recall him ever presenting a plan & saying, here's where we start, let's go from here.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Gretchen

      yes and he would come out smelling like a rose and looking like superman,who have saved america

      July 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
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