Choose Your Own Budget Adventure!


Tea partiers revolt against you, but you pass the bill and avoid a government shutdown.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says you're failing to represent the nation's fiscal interests. Shaking his head solemnly in a widely viewed speech on the House floor, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) says he is sorely disappointed with the path you've taken.

More than half of the Republican conference votes against you. Over 1,000 tea partiers protest outside the Capitol.

But with the support of moderate Democrats, you manage to pass another temporary bill, keeping the government funded for another three weeks. The funding levels live up to your campaign pledges: If multiplied out over a full year, these funding levels would shave $100 billion off federal spending levels.

Negotiations resume, and the federal government continues to operate.

Do you:

  • Present your own plan, outlining a deal that will cut $50 billion. Through aides and private conversations with fellow lawmakers, you put out word that funding for NPR and Planned Parenthood will be preserved. (Go to Page 13)
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