Poll: Would Passing Appropriations Bills On Time Help Your Party?

Some Political Insiders would rather miss deadline than compromise.

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

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


Help: 86%
Hurt: 14%


“At the very least it would al­low Demo­crats to high­light real Re­pub­lic­an pri­or­it­ies.”

“Demo­crats should run on be­ing the adults in the room. Pay­ing your bills is what re­spons­ible Amer­ic­ans do.”

“The fight­ing and even­tu­al GOP back­down would help to fur­ther di­vide them.”

“I ac­tu­ally don’t think it mat­ters. Voters think D.C. is dys­func­tion­al, and these events don’t have much im­pact either way.”

“Passing it would sharpen for voters the dis­tinc­tion between the parties on the so­cial safety net.”

(Chip So­mod­ev­illa/Getty Im­ages)”Time for the ‘Do-Noth­ing Con­gress’ to do something, and spend­ing helps Demo­crats.”

“Un­less there is a shut­down, it is ir­rel­ev­ant.”


“R strategy is to force budget and/or debt-lim­it brink­man­ship in early 2015. D’s let them off the hook by passing budget.”

“Help the Con­gress but ex­pose Sen­ate Dems to count­less prob­lem­at­ic and polit­ic­ally con­trived votes. [Over­all,] hurt Dems.”

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


Help: 82%
Hurt: 18%


“Re­pub­lic­ans are for reg­u­lar or­der. Demo­crats are scared.”

“It would show Re­pub­lic­ans are mak­ing Con­gress work in an oth­er­wise dys­func­tion­al en­vir­on­ment. Demo­crats nev­er got the budget done on time when they were in the ma­jor­ity.”

“No one pays at­ten­tion, but it will take one is­sue off the table for Obama to hit the Do-Noth­ing GOP.”

“Get it out of the way. No need to let GOP­ers in House to mess up a good year by get­ting in­to a shut­down or se­quest­ra­tion de­bate in Oc­to­ber.”

“It might ac­tu­ally sug­gest to some people that the Re­pub­lic­an Party can ac­tu­ally solve prob­lems and move for­ward.”

“Helps take away the ‘ob­struc­tion­ist’ la­bel.”

“Spend­ing is the one area that Re­pub­lic­ans across the spec­trum agree on. This shows that we can lead.”


“Why com­prom­ise on spend­ing head­ing in­to an ideo­lo­gic­al elec­tion?”

“Our base wants Con­gress to spend less.”

“Would make us own big gov­ern­ment more.”

“The high­er spend­ing levels needed to achieve pas­sage would hurt. [Con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion is] much safer route.”

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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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