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Congress eases back from edge of shutdown -- stay tuned to budget action this week

Find coverage of this week's 2012 budget discussions and preparations for Senate and House votes.
Look for an editorial, opinion page column or blog about the near-shutdown and budget process. Summarize the writer's viewpoint.
Now try to spot comments from ordinary citizens about elected officials in Washington. Look in news articles, at online comments or in letters to the editor.

Tension escalated last Friday in Washington, D.C., where the approach of a midnight deadline created movie-like drama. The real-life thriller involved numbers on paper, but the potential emergency was real. With little time to spare, congressional leaders accepted a compromise deal for $38.5 billion in spending cuts that should keep the federal government running through the rest of this budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

It was past midnight when the Senate and House passed a one-week spending bill early Saturday to finance operations while final 2012 budget details are clarified and voted on this week. If negotiations between Democrats and Republicans had failed, about 800,000 government employees would have been out of work for a while and many government services would have paused.

The deal, which President Obama discusses in the video below, came together after six weeks of budget work on Capitol Hill as each party virtually dared the other to let the government shut down. The final-stretch agreement was negotiated by the new Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid. They met with the president for 90 minutes at the White House last Thursday, followed by four Obama-Boehner phone conversations the next day. "I don't like his [budget] legislation, but I like the way he is running the House," Reid said of the Republican speaker after a shutdown was averted.

President says: "Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. . . . And I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances." -- April 9

Republican leader says: "We are not going to roll over and sell out the American people like it's been done time and time again here in Washington. When we say we're serious about cutting spending, we're damn serious." -- Rep. John Boehner, speaker of the House, April 8

Columnist says: "This isn't government we're watching; this is junior high. . . . We're governed by self-absorbed, reckless children." -- Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times, April 10

Front Page Talking Points is written by Felix Grabowski and Alan Stamm for NIEonline.com, Copyright 2015
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