Mar 18, 2011

Congressional Democrats In Disarray Over Long-Term Spending Plan

After failing in 2010 to resolve this year’s budget and spending bills, Democrats on both sides of the Capitol are now in complete disarray over who is leading their party in long-term spending talks.

“Democrats In Congress Are Grappling With A Question As They Negotiate A Spending Deal: Who’s In Charge?” (Jonathan Allen, “Democrats Wonder: What’s Our Plan?,” Politico, 3/17/11)

Democrats In Congress Are “Confused” And “Unhappy With The Leadership.” “The result is a rank and file that is confused about its direction and unhappy with the leadership — or lack of it — on when to go along with the Republican-controlled House on budget matters and when to stand and fight.” (Jonathan Allen, “Democrats Wonder: What’s Our Plan?,” Politico, 3/17/11)

  • Senate Democrats Have Failed To “Put Forward A Long-Term Plan” And Congressional Democrats “Have No Idea Where The White House Stands Or Who’s Running The Show.” “Senate Democrats haven’t put forward a long-term spending plan that can move through their chamber, and Democrats on both sides of the Capitol say they have no idea where the White House stands or who’s running the show.” (Jonathan Allen, “Democrats Wonder: What’s Our Plan?,” Politico, 3/17/11)

House Democratic Leadership Is Fractured On Whether To Approve Spending Cuts. “The top two Democratic leaders in the House have twice split on whether to approve short-term government funding bills that cut billions from federal accounts. … Pragmatists in the party leadership such as Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel of New York voted with Hoyer. Liberal leaders, including assistant leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut, went with Pelosi.” (Jonathan Allen, “Democrats Wonder: What’s Our Plan?,” Politico, 3/17/11)