Poll: Would Passing Appropriations Bills On Time Help the Country?

As one Political Insider puts it, “following the Constitution” is wise.

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Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
July 11, 2014, 1 a.m.

Q: Would it help or hurt the coun­try if Con­gress passed its an­nu­al ap­pro­pri­ations bills be­fore the end of the fisc­al year in Septem­ber?

DEMO­CRATS (76 VOTES)

Help: 94%
Hurt: 6%

Help

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id (Chip So­mod­ev­illa/Getty Im­ages)”Isn’t that Con­gress’s job?”

“No real im­pact.”

“Fol­low­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion is gen­er­ally the best thing to do!”

“The eco­nomy gets jit­tery with the in­cess­ant on/off threats of shut­down.”

“Pas­sage would help eco­nomy and coun­try.”

“Cer­tainty goes a long way to­ward bet­ter ef­fi­ciency.”

“The ap­pear­ance of com­pet­ence couldn’t hurt.”

“The coun­try needs to be­lieve in the gov­ern­ing pro­cess. Right now the coun­try’s be­lief that gov­ern­ment can­not work has be­come self-ful­filling, thanks to Re­pub­lic­an ‘know-noth­ings/do-noth­ings.’”

Q: Would it help or hurt the coun­try if Con­gress passed its an­nu­al ap­pro­pri­ations bills be­fore the end of the fisc­al year in Septem­ber?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (79 VOTES)

Help: 91%
Hurt: 9%

Help

House Speak­er John Boehner (Mark Wilson/Getty Im­ages)”With con­gres­sion­al ap­prov­al be­low 10 per­cent in some polls, any chance Con­gress can do its job can only help.”

“Seri­al fisc­al crises over debt ceil­ing and shut­downs are killing busi­ness in­vest­ment. If Con­gress shows it will act re­spons­ibly on fisc­al mat­ters, that will help the eco­nomy.”

“Agency heads can­not op­er­ate without defin­it­ive budgets.”

“Re­pub­lic­ans as­sume that Sen­ate con­trol will shift to them next year. Passing ap­props bills would clear the deck for a new agenda.”

“Still doesn’t mat­ter.”

“Our na­tion­al gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing the fisc­al sys­tem of a Third World coun­try. At some point we need to re­cov­er the dis­cip­line of an­nu­al budgets, ap­pro­pri­ations, and, even­tu­ally, a re­spons­ible plan for rein­ing in en­ti­tle­ment-driv­en debt.”

“Ob­vi­ous — the na­tion needs a budget, and a work­ing gov­ern­ment. Put Obama and Re­id on the spot.”

“Giv­en the state of af­fairs we’re in it could not pos­sibly hurt the coun­try to ac­tu­ally be gov­erned.”

“How can the coun­try not be­ne­fit from Con­gress do­ing its job?”

Hurt

“Reg­u­lar budget mak­ing would be a plus. But it would also mean that over­spend­ing and en­ti­tle­ments were not be­ing con­fron­ted, which would be a minus. On bal­ance, the na­tion needs the con­front­a­tions un­til the long-term is­sues are re­solved.”

… … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders  Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders  Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Q: Would it help or hurt the country if Congress passed its annual appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year in September?

DEMO­CRATS (76 VOTES)

Help: 94%
Hurt: 6%

Help

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id (Chip So­mod­ev­illa/Getty Im­ages)”Isn’t that Con­gress’s job?”

“No real im­pact.”

“Fol­low­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion is gen­er­ally the best thing to do!”

“The eco­nomy gets jit­tery with the in­cess­ant on/off threats of shut­down.”

“Pas­sage would help eco­nomy and coun­try.”

“Cer­tainty goes a long way to­ward bet­ter ef­fi­ciency.”

“The ap­pear­ance of com­pet­ence couldn’t hurt.”

“The coun­try needs to be­lieve in the gov­ern­ing pro­cess. Right now the coun­try’s be­lief that gov­ern­ment can­not work has be­come self-ful­filling, thanks to Re­pub­lic­an ‘know-noth­ings/do-noth­ings.’”

Q: Would it help or hurt the country if Congress passed its annual appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year in September?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (79 VOTES)

Help: 91%
Hurt: 9%

Help

House Speak­er John Boehner (Mark Wilson/Getty Im­ages)”With con­gres­sion­al ap­prov­al be­low 10 per­cent in some polls, any chance Con­gress can do its job can only help.”

“Seri­al fisc­al crises over debt ceil­ing and shut­downs are killing busi­ness in­vest­ment. If Con­gress shows it will act re­spons­ibly on fisc­al mat­ters, that will help the eco­nomy.”

“Agency heads can­not op­er­ate without defin­it­ive budgets.”

“Re­pub­lic­ans as­sume that Sen­ate con­trol will shift to them next year. Passing ap­props bills would clear the deck for a new agenda.”

“Still doesn’t mat­ter.”

“Our na­tion­al gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing the fisc­al sys­tem of a Third World coun­try. At some point we need to re­cov­er the dis­cip­line of an­nu­al budgets, ap­pro­pri­ations, and, even­tu­ally, a re­spons­ible plan for rein­ing in en­ti­tle­ment-driv­en debt.”

“Ob­vi­ous — the na­tion needs a budget, and a work­ing gov­ern­ment. Put Obama and Re­id on the spot.”

“Giv­en the state of af­fairs we’re in it could not pos­sibly hurt the coun­try to ac­tu­ally be gov­erned.”

“How can the coun­try not be­ne­fit from Con­gress do­ing its job?”

Hurt

“Reg­u­lar budget mak­ing would be a plus. But it would also mean that over­spend­ing and en­ti­tle­ments were not be­ing con­fron­ted, which would be a minus. On bal­ance, the na­tion needs the con­front­a­tions un­til the long-term is­sues are re­solved.”

… … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders  Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders  Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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