Caved? Government spending deal to avoid shutdown announced

http://twitter.com/#!/NBCNews/status/230370258433748994

Senator Reid, Speaker Boehner and the White House have reportedly reached a funding extension compromise, in order to avoid a government shutdown.

WH and Congressional Leaders announce deal to prevent government shutdown when new fiscal year begins October 1.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Sen. Maj. Ldr. Reid, D-NV, announces agreement with Speaker Boehner and Pres. Obama to keep fed gov't funded for six mos. beginning Oct. 1.

— Annie Tin (@housepressannie) July 31, 2012

Panic MT @LukeRussert: Harry Reid just announced a 6 month govt funding extension to be voted on in Sept to avoid a govt shutdown on 9/30th

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) July 31, 2012

Some details of the compromise, which apparently won’t limit spending, contrary to the wishes of the voters.

RT @ali: Media has stayed silent on the Democrats very effective ability to stop all meaningful gov't action and ignore the voters of 2010.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) July 31, 2012

RT: @Jamiedupree The funding levels reportedly will be what Democrats want, while the GOP will get the 6 month CR they wanted

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) July 31, 2012

Speaker Boehner says stopgap funding legislation willl be written during August recess, for Congressional enactment in September.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Incumbents would pay a heavy price if election preceded by government shutdown. Agreement eliminates that threat for both parties.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Some Twitter users are taking it in stride; the “compromise” isn’t really unexpected.

Boehner statement on funding deal is to the point: Agreement reached, bill to be written in Aug., voted on in Sept

— Russell Berman (@russellberman) July 31, 2012

RT @jamiedupree: The difference in spending between the two sides is $19 billion; $1.047 trillion for Dems, $1.028 trillion GOP

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 31, 2012

RT @lachlan: Wow. So Reid just proposed a CR that brings us past the election? Was not expecting that. #lameduck

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 31, 2012

RT @lachlan: So in exchange for slightly higher spending over 6 mos GOP gets a vastly better position in the debt limit fight in March 2013.

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 31, 2012

The Reid/Boehner deal sets up GREAT opportunity for Republicans to get great spending/tax deal in first 100 days of 2013.

— Paul Blair (@gopaulblair) July 31, 2012

CNN’s Lisa Desjardins takes the opportunity to make an #NBCFail joke.

STANDING BY: for Reid, likely to announce 6-month spending deal. NBC has not announced outcome yet. #OlympicJokeThere

— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) July 31, 2012

Political adviser and writer Amanda Carpenter doesn’t think it’s so hunky-dory.

You think there is a "CR deal"? Try to find it writing. It's just a blank slate for the lobbyists to fill up over August recess.

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 31, 2012

Bingo. Watch and see what “slightly higher spending” becomes.

And, of course, Senator Reid (D-Nev.) couldn’t resist pulling the “fair share” nonsense. Twitter users were quick to call both him and Mr. Russert on it.

and of course, @LukeRussert you asked Senator Reid what exactly is their "fair share"….right?

— Huckleberry Friend (@portdauphin) July 31, 2012

Someone please ask Sen. Reid what is the wealthy's fair share?

— Richard Ward (@rwardIII) July 31, 2012

Luke Russert is now framing it as a “cage fight.”

With Minority Leader Reid? MT @LukeRussert: This Reid announcement confirms that the first 3 months of 2013 will be an extreme cage fight

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) July 31, 2012

Ha! And the GOP? Maybe if they learn how to fight like girls, and get themselves some brass ovaries.

Oh, and a reminder:

Today's national debt: $15,873,767,378,850.16. Your share as a citizen: $50,543.01. Your share as a taxpayer: $139,647. #nationaldebt #tcot

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) July 31, 2012

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