WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama is calling for a balanced approach to a “responsible” budget as members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House move forward following a 16 day partial federal government shutdown and near default.

On Thursday, the day after a compromise agreement to temporarily reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling was approved, President Obama said the U.S. would “bounce back” from the problems created during the standoff which, he said, caused “completely unnecessary damage” to the economy.

“There are no winners here,” the President said at the White House.

Every member of West Virginia’s Congressional delegation voted for the last-ditch compromise agreement.  The vote in the Senate was 81-18, while the vote in the House was 285-144.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart said he was “not happy” with the short term resolution for many reasons.

“We’ve kicked the can down the road.  We haven’t solved any issue here and it’s unfortunate,” said Stuart.  “What (President) Obama got here was exactly what he wanted.  What Republicans had asked for here, at least a negotiation on some of these very serious issues, we got none of it.”

The compromise agreement reopens the government through Jan. 15, raises the debt ceiling until Feb. 7 and, in doing so, allows a House-Senate bipartisan group of lawmakers to develop a long term budget plan to avert shutdowns over the next ten years, along with possible defaults.

The co-chairs of that group will be Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).  A report to Congress is due by Dec. 13.

When it comes to those budget talks, former state Democratic Party Chairman George Carenbauer said a large scale view should be taken.  “Let’s take a look at everything,” he said.  “Let’s take a look at the whole picture, our entitlement programs, our other programs, the revenue sources that we have.  Don’t keep anything off the table.”

The legislative stalemate started with budgetary disagreements about the Affordable Care Act.

Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito said the issues with the health care reform law still need to be addressed.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there are major, systemic problems with Obamacare,” she said.  However, she said shifting the focus to spending and a budget committee makes sense.  “Obamacare will move into that discussion as well,” she said.

Capito is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

In a statement, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, said the following: “I opposed this government shutdown from the very beginning because it was bad for West Virginia,” she said.  “Congresswoman Capito voted five times between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1 to shut down the government, putting Washington politics ahead of West Virginia’s people.”

Capito was asked about Tennant’s statement on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”  “Politics is for another day.  I’m really about trying to solve problems here and I’m going to stick with that because that’s my job,” she said.

Carenbauer and Stuart were also guests on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

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  • george

    anyone with a D beside their name Im voting against them...This President has let Iran build a nuclear bomb, taken religious freedom, screwed up our medical system, made a fool out of the US as far foreign policy, increased welfare rolls, lied to the American People, stand for killing the unborn, and has made a mockery out of our Nation.......Now lets be stupid and vote Democratic again.....

  • WVU 74

    In an attempt at some positive thinking by our small group of Three-Dimensional Thinkers in our Retirement Community, we have arrived at a consensus. Tying a budget bill or an increase in the debt-ceiling to other policies was hardly something unprecedented. Heck, Democrats pretty much invented the practice. However, the way Republicans went about it, insisting on an unattainable goal, internal fighting about whether the goal was actually unattainable, and failing to agree on more realistic goals, it's unlikely they'll be any more successful using such tactics as last-minute leverage anytime soon.

    They're still right to continue making the case that: a) spending is too high; b) deficits remain too high and are spurring an unsustainable increase in the national debt; and c) Obamacare is exacerbating both a) and b).

    As a collective effort, we have a few thoughts:

    The fact that our debt is driven by increasing the debt-ceiling (rather than by appropriating more money than Washington receives in revenue) is FALSE. If Republicans don't want to increase the debt-ceiling, they should pass a balanced budget.

    Not going to happen in one fell swoop. But, we have an alternative: Pass a 1 year budget, accompanied by just enough of a debt-ceiling increase to cover the borrowing needed to fund it. Send that to the Senate, where Democrats are almost certain to want more spending than the House GOP would approve. As has been shown, the Senate appears to have completely forgotten how to pass any appropriations bill other than a continuing resolution. Leave Senate Democrats to hold the bag as we approach the next debt-ceiling. Let the Dems explain why getting their way on higher spending (or higher taxes) would be worth bumping up against the debt-ceiling and wreaking the havoc they so solemnly warned about during the recent debacle.

    Better yet, try passing a series of appropriations bills. Pass the most essential ones (e.g., Defense) first, without any
    increases in the debt-ceiling. This will illustrate a) how much spending can be done without borrowing more money, b) how much of our tax revenues are consumed by over-spending which Congress fails to exercise any control (earmarks and debt payments), c) the kinds of spending Washington does that requires us to borrow more money.

    The GOP can then choose a line from Pres. Obama's own rhetoric about Congress "...just doing its job." by passing a budget and "...paying the bills." The House can refuse to take up any other non-emergency legislation until the budgetary matters are resolved. That means not so much as opening a new Government office building, naming an airport after someone. Let Obama and Senate Democrats explain why they are prioritizing and funding these lesser matters so they can travel to the dedications. Make it plain that its the Senate's inaction on budget bills that is the main reason these things always come down to the last minute.

    Finally, to every one of these budget bills Congressional Republicans should attach a budget-related policy: a revenue-neutral
    change to the tax code or spending, whether that means offsetting a closed loophole with a tax cut or offsetting a tax cut with lower spending. This was done during the Clinton administration. The prospects for any kind of "grand bargain" between House Republicans and the Democrats occupying the Senate and the White House have been irreparably damaged. Relations between the two are simply too frayed. We, the retired, advise taking a more incremental approach that might allow for a series of small victories that add up to more than our elected are likely to get otherwise.

    These actions could put House Republicans in a posture of governing while Democrats are left to explain why they were sitting on their thumbs. Perhaps that might go a long way toward convincing voters the GOP is not the "Party of Pain and Suffering."

    • NCWV

      They attempted to do this for the past several weeks, funding one department at a time. The democrats responded with stuff like, "It's just because the president is black", "Oh my God, those republicans are starving the children", and "We won't negotiate". You can't reason with unreasonable people. We need a balanced budget with across-the-board cuts and penalties for overspending. We also need to review every request for money by its own merits, not because some slick lawyer-type managed to sneak it onto a necessary bill.

  • NCWV

    And it only cost taxpayers the $2.9 billion gift to Kentucky to keep working on a lock&dam project that started in 1988. They said they would have lost $160 million if they didn't get the funding. How many of us would spend $2900 (of our own money) to save $160? If the congressional members knew it was in there and voted for it anyway, shame on them. If they didn't know it was in there, they didn't read it before they voted on it; so a bigger shame on them.

    • WVWho

      These are the same congressional members who didn't have time to read up on obamacare remember? Just pass it and THEN we will find out what all is in it!

  • The bookman

    If what you wish actually comes true, you may have to listen to it on a crank radio due to short supply of electricity...sound fun?

    • The bookman

      That was a reply to mikes post above!

      • wvtd

        probably already is. gets boring living in a tree house alone. probably one of obamas welfare rats.

        • The bookman

          If that's the case then I stand corrected ...he'll be able to stream it on his Obama phone

  • Mike

    Here's what Tea drinkers can expect after 3 more years of Obama. 8 years of Hillary. Watch their heads explode. Should be fun.

  • JTC

    CapiNO and McKantly are in trouble now, the Tea Baggers are steamed(no pun intended). So much for WV being a red state, looks like purple is the new in color. Apparently they were confused when the SANE people started flooding them with emails instead of the usual 20 per cent of the Tea crowd.

  • wvguy

    If republicans are going to continue to vote with the democrats on everything, then we may as well vote democrats in office. I can't find 10 cents difference in a republican and a democrat. I have been a life long republican and I haven't left the republican party but the republican party sure has left all of us conservatives and have developed a lean to the liberal side. Calling Capito a conservative is like trying to pick up dog poop by it's clean end. I hope a true conservative runs against her in the Primary.

  • george


    • NorthernWVman

      in the very least he is NOT a leader.

  • Magic Mike

    From what I read Shelly Moore Capito is way ahead of Tennant.

  • CaptainQ

    Get read for Round 2 of the budget fight after January 15th. That's when this current agreement runs out. Then it'll be back to square one again, God help us all.

  • RogerD

    Listening to Hoppy's interview of Capito made it very clear that she's not even competent to be a Representative, let alone a Senator. I don't like that the media keeps telling us that the race is between her and Tennant. We have a primary. Let's use it.

    • NorthernWVman

      So your saying that you must be more esteem to be a Senator rather than a Representative? Doesn't hardly make sense to me.

  • JohnnyG

    Here's a preview of the long term budget talks:
    Boehner: "Here's our proposal".
    Reid: "No"
    Boehner: "Here's an amended proposal"
    Reid: "No"
    Boehner: "Well how about this?"
    Reid: "No"
    Obama: "We won, you lost. STFU"

    • NorthernWVman


  • Low Rider

    Natalie Tennant is a lightweight parrot of the Democratic Party. Her comments are identical to those of Nancy Pelosi and other liberals who see no end to government spending. How were the people of West Virginia hurt? Is she proposing that we keep spending money and continue to build an unsustainable debt?

  • David

    It's my strong belief that the only reason Shelly finally voted to end the shutdown and end the debt limit crisis can be summed up in one word: Natalie.
    Shelly trying to gloss over her other votes will be like a cat trying to cover up on linoleum. Natalie will eat Shelly's lunch because of those votes.