GOP Senator Says He Won’t Support House Budget Bill

Senator Richard Lugar said today that he will not support the House’s Continuing Resolution when it comes for a vote in the Senate next week:

A senior Senate Republican on Sunday rejected the spending bill approved by House Republicans on Saturday.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said the size of the $61 billion in cuts proposed by the House is “reasonable,” but he wouldn’t support the bill as it stands.

“I would not support the entirety of the House bill,” Lugar said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Lugar didn’t specify his concerns with the proposal, clarifying that the $61 billion in spending cuts approved by House Republicans “seems like a reasonable figure.”

Lugar also voiced a concern that some on Capitol Hill are starting to acknowledge, that a government shutdown is all but inevitable unless Congress acts quickly:

Lugar called on President Obama to call a meeting with leaders from both chambers in order “to indicate the gravity of the problem of the government shutting down,” while also “producing a formula” forcing the Senate to move quickly on the issue when lawmakers return.

“The Senate usually doesn’t act in four days of time on complex issues – absolutely no possibility,” Lugar said. “This is the time for presidential leadership.”

Don’t hold your breath, Senator. The President is too busy intervening in Wisconsin state politics.

FILED UNDER: Congress, Deficit and Debt, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Comments

  1. DC Loser says:

    “Lugar also voiced a concern that some on Capitol Hill are starting to acknowledge, that a government shutdown is all but inevitable unless Congress acts quickly”

    Gee, ya think some in the GOP are beginning to realize how tight is the corner they are painting themselves into?

  2. Kevin Drum says:

    I dunno, Doug. That ten-second soundbite he gave about Wisconsin probably didn’t suck too much time out of the presidential calendar.

  3. John Burgess says:

    Hey, it’s balls-out or you self-define as a Democrat! 🙂

  4. Dean says:

    “The Senate usually doesn’t act in four days of time on complex issues – absolutely no possibility,” Lugar said.

    Guess the healthcare bill wasn’t a complex issue.

  5. MM says:

    Presidents cannot multitask.

  6. wr says:

    How dare this commie president stand up for working people in the face of an unprecedented attack on their rights to collective bargaining? How dare a Democrat stand up for a core Democratic value? It’s an outrage.

    Geeze, Doug, it’s strange to see you reciting right-wing BS spin. But I guess the Republican loathing of working people — as opposed to inheritors — has spread to the liberatarians, too.

  7. reid says:

    wr: I get the feeling Doug is getting petulant about our questioning his beliefs, so he pens some wingnutty (and frankly a bit dickish with that last line) essays to “show us” or rebuild his conservative cred. I’m just an amateur internet psychoanalyst, though, so I could easily be wrong. These sorts of slanted or emotional posts are disappointing, whatever the rationale.

  8. matt says:

    Dean : Your comment is so stupid my initial urge is to ignore it.. Unfortunately I’m a sucker for getting trolled sometimes. The health care bill was debated and voted on over the course of over half a YEAR so that’s totally only a couple of days right? Next time you should add in that the bill was jammed down our throats overnight with no one reading it. That way you’ll have most of the talking points covered in one post..

  9. HankP says:

    Why in the world should Obama rescue the GOP from the mess they’ve gotten themselves into? Far better for the country to see what Republican governance looks like.