The Democrats and the White House have already negotiated and compromised, a fact that gets lost in the rhetoric. Here’s the proof:
In fact, Senate Democrats even tried once again [Tuesday] to launch a formal conference committee to hash out a budget through September of 2014, but Republicans blocked their request, as they have on 19 previous occasions since the Senate passed a budget over six months ago.
What is true is that Democrats refuse to negotiate over keeping the government open and paying the bills that Congress has already racked up. Those items should be non-negotiable. They are simply Congress’ job…
In fact, they have done plenty of negotiating already. The clean bill to re-open the government is already a huge compromise and agrees to the sequester spending levels that Republicans demanded and promised to bring to a vote mere months ago.
The graphic here shows how much Democrats have already compromised with Republicans.