Obama: No policy riders, no one-week continuing resolution

Beyond political posturing to lay blame for a potential government shutdown, the key takeaways from President Obama’s press conference on the continuing resolution (CR) negotiations were these: The president suggested he will not support any policy riders in the bill and won’t support a one-week CR introduced by the GOP to delay a shutdown if talks fail.

The Republican-passed CR includes a slew of policy riders that would defund Obamacare, EPA regulations, Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio, among other things.

Obama said “What we can’t be doing is using last year’s budget process to have arguments about abortion; to have arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency; to try to use this budget negotiation as a vehicle for every ideological or political difference between the two parties. That’s what the legislature is for, is to have those arguments, but not stuff it all into one budget bill.”

The other key issue he addressed is a one-week CR introduced by Republicans who say it is a last-ditch backstop if talks fail.

On this topic, Obama said, “On the issue of a short-term extension, we’ve already done that twice. We did it once for two weeks, then we did another one for three weeks. That is not a way to run a government.  I can’t have our agencies making plans based on two-week budgets. I can’t have the Defense Department, I can’t have the State Department, I can’t have our various agencies on food safety and making sure our water is clean and making sure that our airports are functioning, I can’t have them making decisions based on two-week-at-a-time budgets.

“So I have been very clear that the last time we had an extension, it was to give the parties time to go ahead and get something done. We are now at the point where there is no excuse to extend this further.

“If over the next 24 to 48 hours a deal is done and we just can’t get the paperwork through Congress quick enough and they want to do a clean extension for two or three days in order to go ahead and complete a deal, then that’s something that we could support. But what we’re not going to do is to once again put off something that should have gotten done several months ago.”

  • Jay Kovars

    It doesn’t matter who is to blame; the Republicans will take the blame. Boehner knows this; a lot of the others in the party don’t. If a shutdown occurs, they will learn it. Unfortunately, it gives a major leg up to Obama in his re-election bid. It’s deja vu 1995 all over again, and we are stuck with Obama for another 4 years.

    • LukeJohn

      Things are VERY different compared to last time.

      We now have a much more active conservative groundswell from the internet to talk radio to Fox News to the Tea Parties.

      More people now know just how deep in trouble this country is and how the tax-and-spend politicians got us into this mess.

      We’re in an economic recession with many out of jobs and many more worried about losing theirs.

      WE have seen what a mess the Democrats can make of things, How they don’t give a damn about our wishes and will ramrod their agenda through if they get the chance.

      WE have seen how the Democratic party is bankrolled by anti-American people like George Soros.

      We have watched unions, rich billionaires, etc, use their connections with the Democrats to get waivers from laws they don’t like from taxes that we the “small people” have to pay.

      We also know that the Democrats could easily have passed a budget last year but were too afraid to do so knowing that it would have hurt their re-election chances.

      We also have a self-serving, extremely partisan, president in the White House.

      No it’s a different world and the Democrats have way more to lose this time round.

  • kemo sabe

    “no policy riders. no one-week CR.”

    doesn’t sound like a grownup. or someone willing to compromise.

    sounds more like the new “party of no”!

  • deadonred

    The only thing more obvious that BHO’s hypocrisy is his lack of leadership. Of course, he is purposely not leading so he doesn’t get blamed for anything before Nov. 2012. What a president, huh? Purposely NOT leading. You know, the reason he was elected: to NOT lead. What a farce. Really, who cares what he says. He’s a bag of wind and everybody knows it.

  • Drahcir

    “But what we’re not going to do is to once again put off something that should have gotten done several months ago.”Says this POTUS.

    I would like to know why he did not stand up and say this Last Year.Oh, that’s right he had more important things to “worry” about.His “baby”, ObaamaCare.

    • virginiagentleman

      You’re on the money again, Friend Drahcir. Good post.

      • blatantplayer

        Not only was he concerned about Obamacare, but dems dared not try their hand at a budget otherwise their loses in October would have been much worse. Craven, cynical cowards these democrats are.

        • virginiagentleman

          Darn right,blatantplayer! Can I borrow your crystal ball when you’re not using it? Good post!!

  • Spring

    Boo Hoo. Dems gave these repubs a open hand only to have it slapped over and over again. Repubs should have thought it out, filibustering instead of working to fix their mess. LOL The budget crisis is a republican mess. It’s only fitting they be the ones responsible for fixing their own mess, dems have been doing it for over two years.

    Fix it Boehner or be responsible for shutting down the American government for your own personal gains.

    • goldbeachbiker

      Your post is so lame and idiotic, that I don’t know where to start …so I won’t.

  • BigRmv

    Reaching right across that aisle, huh? It was all fun and games when his team didn’t have to negotiate and could force whatever agenda they wanted through the Congress (because the Democrats obviously knew what was best for all y’all). Now they have to deal with that pesky “compromise” thing.

    And, before any Democrats start jumping on about “not compromising principles,” etc., remember: It was the lack of civility and compromise that led to the Civil War.

    • virginiagentleman

      A most scary thought BigRmv. When I read some of the posts here, I get an uneasy feeling that a Civil War is already engaged, and hasn’t been declared, yet. As in the last one, politics leads the way, followed by racial overtones. Race is not important, except to racists. Therefore, what is left is politics.

      • Knitebane

        “All politics in this country is now merely rehearsal for full-blast civil war.”

        Billy Beck
        Mon Aug, 30 2004

  • callenlaw

    Of course, none of this would be an issue if he and his party’s Congress had done their job last year and passed a budget. But I guess that’s mere technicality.