Congress Agrees on Budget

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Here are two words we don’t see too often in Washington these days: “Bipartisan agreement.”

Congressional leaders reached one of those yesterday to fund the federal government for the next six months — and they did it two months ahead of time. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, addresses the agreement and previews all the stories coming out of Washington D.C.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I would like to see the Government shut down for at least a couple of weeks. What is the takeaway on that?

Would things really collapse? Can The Takeaway find an expert about this topic. How much money would be saved or lost?

Aug. 01 2012 11:19 AM
listener

"Meaning the Republicans are admitting they came out the loser in the last fight over funding the government"

Ah, the spirit of good faith compromise from the media that piously call for cooperation and then play both sides against each other when they do come to an agreement.

Is the "last fight over funding" a reference to the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 where after nearly quadrupling the deficit Pelosi and Reid refused to raise the debt ceiling and taxes in 2010 for pure political reasons when they controlled Congress?
Did they with Obama cause an international financial crisis by deliberately leaving the debt ceiling issue and their irresponsible spending to a new Republican House to fix while deriding and demagoguing them every step of the way?

Aug. 01 2012 09:39 AM

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