First, the Republican House offered 61 billion in cuts or 2% to the current budget. A laughable small cut that did not address major reform needs. Even Erskine Bowles of the Simpson-Bowles debt commission derided Congress for such a pitiful effort. But, Democrats still balked, and said the cuts were too deep. Now a deal has been cut to keep the government in operation. Enough Democrats and old establishment Republicans say 33 billion or 1% is enough. The Tea Party has been thrown in the creek. Once again, the corporate and organized interests win !
The status quo lobbyists know that after 10 years in Washington all politicians are the same. Therefore, they find it easier to work their way with them.