Wednesday, August 01, 2012


The House Baggers have given up on threatening to force a shut-down of the Federal government at the end of September and didn't even get a few billions knocked off the budget.  Have they realized that the last time they pulled this crap they lost badly and hurt the country?
House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal
From Deirdre Walsh, CNN Senior Congressional Producer
updated 9:11 PM EDT, Wed August 1, 2012

The compromise denies conservative House Republicans -- including tea party-backed freshmen -- their strongest negotiating tool to enact the spending cuts they promised when running for Congress in 2010. But rather than opposing the deal, conservative legislators said Wednesday they were the ones pushing for it.

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, who participated in a series of meetings on legislative strategy over several weeks with House and Senate conservatives, told CNN that "there's a time to fight and there's a time to not fight."

Conservatives have lost every spending fight in Congress in the last year, Labrador said, so the feeling was that "the best option was to take the issue (the spending bill) off the table."

Current funding for federal agencies runs out at the end of September, and the agreement announced Tuesday by Boehner, R-Ohio, and Reid, D-Nevada, extends federal funding through March at the level that was set in last summer's debt deal -- $1.047 trillion.

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