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Lawmakers Put 2011 Budget In Rear-View Mirror

April 18, 2011 by  

Lawmakers put 2011 budget in rear-view mirrorIt took six-and-a-half months, but Congress has finally agreed on a budget for fiscal year 2011.

On April 14, the Senate and House passed a bill that, along with other stopgap measures, cuts approximately $39.9 billion from current spending levels. The House voted 260-167 in favor of the legislation, with 59 Republicans and 108 Democrats rejecting the measure. The Senate supported the budget by a 81-19 vote.

House Speaker John Boehner broke from tradition and cast a vote in favor of the budget. It was his first vote as the chamber's foreman.

"The Speaker knows some members are going to take heat for this vote, and he wanted to let them know he was right there with them," Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, told The Hill.

Beginning last September, Congress passed seven continuing resolutions to prevent a government shutdown.

It didn't take long for legislators to redirect their attention to the 2012 budget. According to media reports, the House was scheduled to vote on Representative Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) proposal, which aims to cut more than $5 trillion in government spending over the next decade. If approved, Ryan's budget would revamp entitlement programs Medicare and Medicaid.

On April 13, President Barack Obama outlined his own plan to cut the Federal deficit, which would rely on raising taxes for Americans. 

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  • Iris

    We will have a budget one way or the other. We can get Ryan’s budget OR we can get Obama’s “print more money” budget until a single dollar won’t buy you toilet tissue. You can figure out what you will be doing with that dollar.

  • http://MSN.com Elena T

    Unlimited immigrations are similar to the war that destroys a country forever. For example see Detroit, California, London.

    • Bert Cundle

      Watch – out… You are smart enough to get in troubble… Wisdom is a curse today!!! ( But, YOU ARE RIGHT!)

    • http://MSN.com Mary

      How will you keep track of unlimited numbers of immigration? Who will pay for the unlimited welfare and medical? Will you be out-voted by unlimited numbers of immigrants?

  • dave

    Stretching budget cuts over a decade = never happen!!

    • 45caliber

      They want to cut 1 trillion over ten years. That is only 200 billion a year – and we are borrowing over a trillion a year.

      We need to cut AT LEAST 1 trillion a year just to get started!!

  • Les

    You better fill the cupboards. We still have 2 parties with only one agenda. The budget cuts were only smoke and mirrors. We only have a handful of leaders that have any spine. Just like they do with the deficits and all their fixes, the budget cuts can also gets kicked down the road. They postpone the debt, the fix and all the marvels the debt will produce until they have finished raping the public. I can’t believe anyone would still pretend like we have a dog in the fight. When Paul Ryan stood before the cameras and said “We didn’t see it coming” Helen Keller could see it coming) and went on to say how evil it would have been for a leader to act the way they did if they saw it coming, no one flinched. Ron Paul has preached “It is coming” for 30 years. Michelle Bauchman (and some others) didn’t sign the bill because it does nothing to fix the problem. Ryan and the celebrity political crowd are declaring either their amazing incompetence or just plain lying, either way, they need to go. The party of “Kick the can” needs to go home.

    • 45caliber

      I think they want to simply postpone all the manditory cuts we are going to have to make until they retire or die. Then it is someone else’s problem and they don’t have to listen to how bad a politician they were.

  • http://com i41

    Elena, if a bounty was put on illegals of any color, it would put people to work and the illegals would be herded out of here. Go to any city having cino de Mayo and seeal the streets and start sorting and loading out these leaches. Kids and off spring will be there with their mamees since she will be looking for a new Juan. Second sit down at any welfare or hospital and grab and tag like we do with sorting livestock. Rand Paul is the one to back, his dad is too old and .

  • r.p.

    “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country”. This phrase is from an old typing exercise, how well it resonates today. Now is the time for all these new political movements, I.E.”TEA PARTY, C4L, YAL, YOUNG REPUBS, etc. to use their savvy/clout and exercise our right to RECALL, INDICT, AND IMPEACH those elected representatives who have renegged on their campaign promises and their oath to office. They need to know that term limits can be instant, their perks taken away, and they could go to prison or worse if found guilty of treasonous acts against the constitution. More could be said, but I will leave it at that.

    • r.p.

      Boehner should be at the top of the list, just under O’bummer

      • 45caliber

        Let’s get Queen Nancy and Hairy Reid just after Oblama. THEN we can get Boehner.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Don’t forget Bawney Fwanks!!!

  • Blevit

    What is it going to take to make all LEGAL American citizens to un-
    derstand that the whole of our elected government DOES NOT care one
    iota about this country! Over the last 30 years they have stolen and
    drained social security to the point, now constantly, point their
    filthy fingers at the workers that built up the surplus to make it
    work. All the while building their own PRIVATE retirement at our cost. Ask yourself why, even when they are fully funded after serving
    5 years and it still constantly grows, while selling our country with
    total ineptness. They have all rights to raise their own wages,again,
    doing nothing more than working for themselves. The crowning knife
    thrust in our backs is the TOTAL and ABSOLUTE ability to accept all
    BRIBES from lobbyists of any big business that pays them! If you
    we could make this one punishable under law and impeachment,never
    forgetting we the people hired them (voted them in according to their,
    up to now lies)had them put their hand on the Bible and swear to
    uphold and protect our country and the very next day taking bribes
    contrary to us the citizens. If you want to believe that these over
    seas tax dodging, money hungry are giving these two faced politicians
    monies because they like them, wake up,the person that takes the
    bribe is NOT doing his duty to the country,they are now working 100%
    for themselves and the entity behind the bribe!

    Please ask yourselves what head of any household that professes to
    love his family would give away their property and home give 60% of
    all staples to the richest,start indiscriminately shooting up anyone
    else HE deems justified to proclaim war on at the whatever cost,even
    borrowing from an enemy contrary to his own family to accommodate his
    own wants,then after all this can still point the finger at his
    family,starving to death and sold out, that it is their fault. This
    is my interpretation of what our government is.

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      Blevit, You have described “Totally Slavery”, Welcome to the 21st Century USA Federal Reservation.

  • 45caliber

    The government is the only entity I know that can borrow whatever they want, spend however they want, and then demand someone else to pay for it all.

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      45caliber , And how do you like your Freedoms and Liberties and Justice for all?

  • 45caliber

    Isn’t that supposed to be “Justice for some”? I’m certain that those in Washington are convinced of that.

  • http://Huskeron RonR

    It is our sacred duty to let our elected representatives know if they are not representing us. If they fail to act on the information, we must let them know that their employment is temporary and start planning for the next election. Politics is a dirty game, but it has rules, one is listen to your constituates.

  • Willie Evershave

    A lot of truth has been penned above. One big thing the sheeple should remember is that IF THEY KEEP BURYING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND THEY ARE GOING TO GET THEIR BUTTS KICKED AND BURNED! Heads UP, America!

    These Political Commie Klowns need to be removed ASAP, preferably before November of 2012! They think We The People are stupid, which is why they like this country. As far as an Oath of Office with their hands on a Bible, what good do you think that does for people who don’t even believe in the Bible? These politicians go for political office for the same reason that Willie Sutton robbed banks; because “That’s where the money is!”

    We were given a Republic by our Founding Fathers, who hoped, and warned us about the word ‘democracy’ that they left out of the Constitution, that we could keep it. Unfortunately, we have a large group of Utopian visioned micro-cephalics who just barely know how to get to the ballot box and vote as they are told by the ‘give away everything’ party! That’s why the Democrats and the RINOs want amnesty for all these ‘poor’ voters, illegal or otherwise, who are certain to vote for the hands that give them something for nothing! Isn’t distribution of your wealth a wonderful tool? How’s that ‘Hopey Changey’ excrement working for you?

    There isn’t a nickels worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats, they are almost all DINOs or RINOs all working toward the same goal, selling out the country, and they all work for the same group of AGPs (Arrogant Greedy People) who are part and parcel the One World Order Elitists! They pee on your backs and tell you it’s raining, and liberals seem to believe it! They should open their noses, the odor of urine should tell them the difference! Get’em outa my sight! They make me SICK!

    We need to vote these pinko’s out or recall them, eliminate Political Correctness(it keeps the sheeple and Congress bickering among themselves and is just smoke and mirrors to hide their real agenda), Racism (we’ll have it as long as it is profitable for toads like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright, to name a few), Extreme diversity (it is dividing the country as is hyphenated terms like ‘African-American’ and ‘Hispanic-American’), Labor Unions (a socialist control tool), Organized Religion (another socialist control tool), EEO, Affirmative Action, Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, Communism, Socialism, Democracy, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, and the Muslim Mafia, then return to the U. S. Constitution, under GOD, with Amendments through XIII only, in the context of the Founders of this Republic! One Amendment should be added that states that the Congress shall make no law that does not apply to those in elected office as well as We The People! The term “Entitlement” should be stricken from the dictionary and the government language guides.

    We should restore ‘Pride in Country, and Pride in the Flag of the United States of America’ and even stand up for the National Anthem and try placing the hand over the heart for the Pledge of Allegiance! A lot of scumbags pay no attention to patriotism other than their ‘gangs’ or ‘cult,’ and it is costing us dearly! I’ve noticed some Mexican agitators at some California school turning the U.S. Flag upside-down below their Mexican rag as well, which attempts to indicate, or promote, that the United States has been defeated! But we haven’t been defeated yet, we’re just paying for their keep, educating them for free, and putting up with a bunch of liberal excrement promoted by adult Mexican agitators and some young scumbags who have no appreciation for the wealth they are stealing from the taxpaying patriots that are too complacent to stick it up the liberals! Nice guys and fools finish last, and we are approaching last place! Wake Up, America!

    Just because the Constitution, Amendment I, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.” does not mean we cannot pray to, represent by pictures or graphics at any site including so-called Government property that is in fact public property since We the People own it, and pay for it, and elect and pay those who work there an exorbitant wage, any God using any religious prayer of our choice, or hang any religious item we choose! It means that the Government cannot force one particular religion upon everyone, but must allow equal representation of any religion or religious paraphernalia without placing one above any other in rank or privilege!

    I don’t happen to approve of Sharia law that Muslim and Islamics promote, because it violates, and is in direct conflict with, the Constitutional laws of the United States of America, and within the United States and it’s jurisdiction, Sharia Law is null and void and without force! If Muslim/Islamic immigrants, legal or illegal, wish to be recognized in this country, they should obey our Constitutional laws, or they should leave our country or not come here in the first place! We have only one document providing the laws of this country and that is the U.S. Constitution! All immigrants, to be recognized as legal citizens, with voting rights and privileges in this country should be required to speak English, read English, write English, and understand English, and affirm their allegiance to this country without reservation, before they are accepted as a Citizen of the United States of America for ANY purpose or residency, without exception! Those not wishing to conform to our Constitution, our Borders, or our Language and Customs, should be deported if they have no valid Passport or an Expired Passport. If Congress doesn’t want to support these things, then they should not be in office, or even work for the government in any way.

    As per the Constitution, Article. II. Section. 1. Sixth Paragraph, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

    It should be the law that a child born on U.S. soil not be granted citizenship in this country unless at least one of the parents is an adult, legal, law abiding citizen without a felony record, in the United States of America, without exception! No alien who is illegal, unlawful, or criminal should be entitled or allowed to have any benefits in the United States beyond basic emergency care sufficient to allow the person to travel and be returned to his/her country of origin, along with any children they entered this country with, for further treatment and disposition!

    U.S. Citizens or employers who hire, pay, keep, cover, hide, house, provide for, or transport, without proper Federal, State, County, and City, authority that is legal for the situation being acted upon, should be incarcerated and fined substantially for each day the act has continued, without exception, parole, bail, or any other special favor. Any illegal alien taken into custody should be photographed, fingerprinted and their DNA procured and recorded in a database, before being deported, and they should be made aware that if caught entering illegally a second time they will be incarcerated for life without parole.

    An illegal alien charged and convicted of rape or murder should be incarcerated for life in solitary confinement or executed as dictated by the laws of the State where the crime was committed; the perpetrator should be tried by the State where the most heinous crime was committed if more than one crime was committed, and if convicted, the punishment should be carried out by this State. Committing a prison break should constitute grounds for an immediate death penalty without additional trial or appeal.

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