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Budget Battle Springs Into Deadline Mode — Again

March 30, 2011 by  

Budget battle springs into deadline mode -- againIt may sound like a broken record to many Americans, but Congress is approaching yet another deadline to prevent a government shutdown. Lawmakers have until April 8 to approve a spending budget.

According to The Hill, Democrats and Republicans appear to be nowhere close to a deal. On March 28, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the onus will be on Senate Democrats if the government shuts down. The media outlet reported that Democrats are willing to slash up to $20 billion to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2011, however Cantor's comments indicate that GOP leaders believe that it is not enough.

"Our Federal government borrows nearly forty cents of each dollar it spends, yet Senate Democrats want to keep spending money that we don't have," said Cantor, quoted by the news source.

Tea Party members have criticized House Republican leaders for not holding true to the party's pledge last year, which called for $100 billion in cuts to reduce the national deficit. Democrats claim that if a GOP-backed budget is approved without compromise, the economy will suffer and jobs will be lost.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that many Americans are fed up with politicians on both sides of the aisle. A total of 62 percent of respondents said that they disapprove of Democratic congressional leadership, while 64 percent feel the same way about Republican leaders. 

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