House Republicans Consider Reneging On Budget Deal To Force Even Deeper Cuts


Think Progress has the article headlined House Republicans Consider Reneging On Budget Deal To Force Even Deeper Cuts.  The article quotes from the Politico story, John Boehner tries to cut deeper on 2012 funds:

In a surprising bit of hardball, House Republicans confirmed that they had been actively considering a plan to tamper with the August budget agreement by cutting even more from 2012 spending in order to put pressure on Senate Democrats to come to terms faster on domestic bills for the coming fiscal year.

Surprisingly, the Think Progress link to the Poltico story points to page 2 of the Politico article which starts with the following:

Even Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was skeptical about cutting the CR funding levels, and having backed the idea, Boehner’s office appeared to be stepping away, saying that $1.043 trillion is the more likely final number.

“We did reach an agreement …and I am supportive of the CR being written at that level,” Cantor said. “I think we would try always to go below it, but I think that the risk of bringing back brinksmanship or another potential shutdown is not something right now that we need.”

Now, this doesn’t sound quite as bad as the scare headline and the quote that is used by Think Progress.   Of course, if you wonder what a CR is, and even if you figure out that it is a Continuing Resolution, you might still wonder how Politico can use the abbreviation without explanation.  That is when you go back to page 1 of the story and find that Think Progress has accurately quoted from the first paragraph of the story. You also find that Politico does explain that a CR is a Continuing Resolution.

I post this story only for the people who think that you can negotiate new concessions from the Republicans when they haven’t really bought into their 2% concession and your 98% concession that they agreed to on the last issue.

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