Is it over? Has Boehner caved in? Surrendered? Quit? Speaker Boehner and the boy wonder Cantor Can’t impose their will on the Democrats. All the times Boehner hugged the Tea Party and swore he would get them their extreme buget cuts were lies, just politics.Boehner is an old-time politician and even when he has the numbers he can’t upset the Democrats. Remember there are just a handful more Dems than GOP in the Senate. The GOP is finished as a political party. No one will believe them again. A new party is needed. SHAW
Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans “can’t impose our will” on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.
At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, denied Democratic suggestions that he has already agreed to jettison nearly half of the $61 billion in cuts passed by the House a month ago.
But as was the case with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., earlier in the week, he did not say the demand was non-negotiable. “Our goal is to cut spending, not shut down the government,” he said.
The government is running on the second of two short-term spending bills, and at the insistence of Republicans, a total of $10 billion has been cut so far.
Without action by Congress, the money will run out on April 9. Lawmakers are seeking a compromise that will extend to the Sept. 30 end of the spending year.
Senior House and Senate aides, experts in the intricacies of spending legislation, met during the day to explore a possible compromise.
Yet officials in both parties said Democrats had not yet provided Republicans with a detailed list of their proposed cuts, an indication that negotiations were not far along.
Democratic officials added that some of their proposed reductions would cut $3 billion or so from the Pentagon budget. The House-passed legislation calls for an increase in defense spending, and reserves spending cuts for domestic programs.
Boehner spoke as tea party activists demonstrated within shouting distance of the Capitol and a pair of potential GOP presidential contenders injected themselves into the first big test for the GOP majority elected last fall.
A few hundred protesters bore signs demanding that the Republican majority they helped vote into office remain true to campaign pledges.
“Remember your promises — WE DO,” read one. “Extreme spending requires extreme cuts,” was another.
They drew encouragement from several Republican lawmakers.
“Stay courageous and I know you will. Don’t back down and I know you won’t,” Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a potential presidential contender, exhorted on a cold, drizzly day.
Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have said the GOP will demand changes to rein in future spending before the increase can pass.
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