From The Hill
President Obama and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders reached a last-minute deal Friday to avoid a government shutdown.
The agreement, which came after days of partisan sparring and rhetorical drama, would fund the government through the end of September and cut $78.5 billion compared to Obama’s proposed but never enacted fiscal 2011 budget.
No, it isn't enough. But then again, we were NEVER going to get enough. Frankly, I agree with John Hawkins on Twitter this evening.
We were not going to get $61 billion here. Heck -- I don't know how many additional cuts we'll get in a week as the final deal get's tweaked. But the reality is that we got some, and that is important. The House GOP, even if it fails to get everything it wanted, is getting the bulk of what we have been crying out for and voted for in November. And the reality is that as long as there is a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Democrat President, a GOP House is going to find itself forced to make a choice -- either take the progress that they can make on the important issues, or hold out everything and get significantly nothing. I'd rather that the GOP had a solid record of accomplishment to run on in 2012 than have to make the case that the most conservative wing of the party presented the Dems with a "take it or leave it" offer that was rejected and followed by something much worse when a few defectors from marginal districts cut a significantly weaker deal with Obama.
Consider this quote I saw attributed to Michelle Bachmann on Twitter -- "Granted that's a savings, $39b, but in context that's a little bit more than one week's worth of deficit spending." ONLY one's week worth of deficit spending? Given that there has never been such a thing in the past, I'm glad to take it and run with it, because it sets a new baseline for future negotiations AND shows that our side is serious about making serious changes.
Two other important points from where I sit are the mandatory Senate votes on defunding ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood. These were the two items that Harry Reid and the Dems refused to even consider. Now they must consider them and must vote on them. How many Dems are still willing to embrace the President's insurance scheme, knowing that a year later the American people stil hate it and still oppose it? How many Dems are willing to stand up and say that they think money needs to come out of their constituents' pockets to pay for abortions as gas prices and unemployment soar -- despite the fact that most Americans oppose such funding even if they think abortion should be legal? These votes give the GOP ammunition to use in 2012.