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The Senate Continuing Resolution Is Already a Compromise

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The Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to temporary funding levels that are far closer to the Republican-controlled House budget plan than they are to the Senate's own budget for fiscal year 2014.

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Kit B (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:13 am
Photo Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Senate-passed measure to keep the government operating represents an enormous compromise by progressives to avoid a damaging government shutdown. The Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to temporary funding levels that are far closer to the Republican-controlled House budget plan than they are to the Senate’s own budget for fiscal year 2014. Moreover, this concession is only the latest of many such compromises over the past several years.

The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a continuing resolution, or CR—a temporary funding measure meant to keep the government operating—that would set the relevant funding levels at an annualized total of $986 billion. That’s about $70 billion less than what the Senate endorsed as part of its comprehensive budget plan back in April. But that actually understates the extent of the compromise.

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When President Barack Obama first took office in 2009, his budget proposed $1.203 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2014. The Senate CR is about $216 billion, or nearly 18 percent, lower than that. Actual enacted funding levels for FY 2010, when the Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, totaled $1.185 trillion in 2014 dollars. The Senate CR is about $200 billion below that, a cut of nearly 17 percent.

After the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives and offered a budget plan that proposed dramatic spending reductions. That plan, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), envisioned FY 2014 funding levels at $1.095 trillion. Note that the funding in the current Senate-passed CR is about 10 percent less than the levels in the original Ryan budget.

Finally, in August 2011, after a prolonged standoff over the debt limit, President Obama and Congress agreed to cut even more spending than the original Ryan budget demanded. The original spending caps in the 2011 debt limit deal limited funding to $1.066 trillion in FY 2014. The Senate CR accepts a cut of an additional $80 billion, or nearly 8 percent, from that compromise level.

Progressives have repeatedly made significant concessions in order to protect the economy from a series of manufactured crises. Today’s manufactured crisis is no different. The Senate-passed legislation to keep the government open sets funding levels that are even lower than previous compromises. If the Tea Party shuts the government down anyway, it will not be because progressives were inflexible. Just ask House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)—the compromise incorporated in the Senate CR was originally his idea.

By: Michael Linden and Harry Stein | Center for American Progress |

Michael Linden is the Managing Director for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Harry Stein is the Associate Director for Fiscal Policy at the Center.

Kit B (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:17 am

John Boehner and his gang of thugs can keep having press conferences crying about how this is all the fault of the president and the democrats but facts are truth. Obama care is the law, and happens to be already funded. So, what we do not know is what is really going on here. Read those proposals above, look over that chart and decide whether or not we are being told the truth by Boehner and the tea bags.

A. Cailia W (39)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:22 am
So true. Noted. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

JL A (281)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:36 am
Thanks for reminding everyone what are the fiscal realities for each participant's claims and positions--clearly the Senate and President have given a ton without the House GOP meeting them at any midpoint--and they are willing to be seditious and destroy the country, waste money and all other kinds of harms to the constituents they swore to represent--I really wish we could impeach them without them having to start the process.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:15 am
Thank you for exposing the thugs. However, I've had it with the dems caving in to the thugs. This has to stop. More families are going hungry and more people are living in poverty as a result of this Congress. The measure of a country is revealed by the way it takes care of the most vulnerable citizens. The U.S. is pathetic. It's truly heartbreaking.

Louise D (44)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:16 pm
John Boehner the tangerine-hued jackhole has demonstrated multiple times how relentlessly stupid he is, the only people who could be considered to be on a par with him would be suicide bombers, but then they think if they get blown to mince they get 72 virgins in paradise. As for the Tea Party the idea two years ago was to create a situation so damaging, so contrary to the national self-interest, so unimaginably irresponsible that even the most hardline political zealot would have the sense to compromise in order to prevent it. Bad assumption, it turns out they throw he baby out with the bathwater. But, then the Tea Party is not a political party it is a cancer on the body politic, if anything John Boehner has shown his grossly irresponsible position as he has allowed not only the American economy to be held hostage but the rest of the world. In China things couldn't have worked out better as American hyper partisan politics do the job so much easier for them.

Barbara K (60)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:41 pm
Thanks, my friend. I think we've heard so many lies from the Tbaggers that we pay no attention to the. We know that as soon as they open their mouths, all lies will spew out. We need to try not to get so accustomed to their lies that we forget to see just what they are saying. We hear the same old lies over and over that we just shut off from them, and then they strike like a black widow spider and put the screws to the citizens in every way possible. KICK them out!

Kit B (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:47 pm

Tangerine hued - Louise I have not heard that before. It is October and I was thinking Jack-o-lantern, pumpkins are lovely shade of orange just like Boehner.

David C (133)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:55 pm
bottom line, to GOP compromise is "give me everything I want".....

Roxie H (350)
Friday October 4, 2013, 7:44 pm
Sequester sucks, and tea party is ruining enough already, time for bitch slapping big time

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:16 am
I'm not certain that the progressives wing compromising with the democrats constitutes compromise. Maybe the centrist democrats can work with the centrist republicans and we can all be happy. Why does everyone see the tea party as the problem, and not the progressive, they both obstruct, as they should, they both believe that they are right.

. (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 6:50 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

JL A (281)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 6:58 am
There is evidence that the Senate's Continuing Resolution version at the House funding level instead of their own originated with Boehner and was his proposal of what the Senate could do so shutdown wouldn't happen--seems like a compromise by the whole Senate to me, including centrists of both parties and progressives.

JL A (281)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:50 pm
Definition of compromise (n)

Bing Dictionary
[ kómprə mz ]

agreement: a settlement of a dispute in which two or more sides agree to accept less than they originally wanted
something accepted rather than wanted: something that somebody accepts because what was wanted is unattainable
potential danger or disgrace: exposure to danger or disgrace

noun \ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz\

: a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute

: something that combines the qualities of two different things

: a change that makes something worse and that is not done for a good reason
Full Definition of COMPROMISE
a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
: a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial
See compromise defined for English-language learners »
See compromise defined for kids »
Examples of COMPROMISE

the art of political compromise
To avoid an argument, always be ready to seek compromise.
a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise
She says that accepting their proposal would be a compromise of her principles.
“You can't always come up with the optimal solution, but you can usually come up with a better solution,” he [Barack Obama] said over lunch one afternoon. “A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence.” —William Finnegan, New Yorker, 31 May 2004

Middle English, mutual promise to abide by an arbiter's decision, from Anglo-French compromisse, from Latin compromissum, from neuter of compromissus, past participle of compromittere to promise mutually, from com- + promittere to promise — more at promise
First Known Use: 15th century

Roseann d (178)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:28 pm
The Dems need not compromise from hereon out. We've done our share of compromising. It's the GOPs turn for the rest of the ride since they used up all their bully-cards. GOP you are up for the duration of Obama's term. No more budging Dems. It's all on them,

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:33 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. Yeah, the first time Dems caved set a truly bad precedent that set them up. Many of us have been complaining about their loss of spine for a long time. I even sent back a message when the Dems sent me a survey last month.....told them I was just about to change my party preference to "independent." Although there is no Republican I could EVER stand to vote for, I just don't have the heart anymore to stick up for the majority of Dems. We have a few who stand firm in their beliefs, and prove it with their votes.

I was hoping, along with so many others, that at least we could reduce the Pentagon-corporate-industrial complex with the "slimdown." But have noted that the funding for the colossal boondoggle that is the F-35 Joint Striker is still in place. We taxpayers are still on the hook for funding even more unnecessary aircraft carriers, as well as 12 new ballistic missile submarines---which alone cost $100 BILLION. (And don't even get me started on drones). That money could be used to fund SNAP, our crumbling infrastructure, invest in Green Energy, construct some high speed trains, fully fund WIC & get the idea.

JL A (281)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:37 pm
Lois, there is a petition that could affect the F-35:
We urge the Burlington City Council to support the resolution to bar the basing of F-35 Warplanes at Burlington International Airport.

David B (28)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:55 pm
Thanks Kit... Signed... I find it absolutely unfathomable that a minority of rich Republicans would deny single payer healthcare for all, let alone the compromised Obama care... and attempt to shut down the government in order to achieve their aims... The global economy is at stake, not just the US economy... How on earth did these mindless idiots ever get elected?

"21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous"

Every year, the International Federation of Health Plans — a global insurance trade association that includes more than 100 insurers in 25 countries — releases survey data showing the prices that insurers are actually paying for different drugs, devices, and medical services in different countries. And every year, the data is shocking.

The IFHP just released the data for 2012. And yes, once again, the numbers are shocking.

This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn't about the why. It's about the prices, and the graphs.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:03 pm
Many thanks, JL. Couldn't remember if I signed this one, so signed again just in case.

David B (28)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 5:08 pm
What did you sign Lois?... Sorry Kit my 'signed' was just force of habit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 6:04 pm

David, J L added this petition:

We urge the Burlington City Council to support the resolution to bar the basing of F-35 Warplanes at Burlington International Airport.


Kathleen R (192)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 10:08 am
Thanks Kit for giving a high profile to the compromise that the Democrats and the President made. Which I personally opposed. It's closer to the Ryan budget which more people voted against. But they compromised and look where it got them and us. No more!!!!!!

JL A (281)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 10:47 am
DEMs in the House are seeking to use a discharge petition to get a vote on the Senate's CR--but need most of the GOP who said they'd support a clean funding resolution (which the Senate's is) to sign to get it to required number to get a vote. A petition to those in the GOP who said that is at:

Kathleen R (192)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:46 am
Thanks JL, signed the petition. Let's hope.

James Maynard (84)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:47 pm
That chart makes it clear as a bell. They
simply refuse to accept a "Yes." Idiots!
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