July 29th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
According to a senior Congressional Democratic aide and two Congressional Republican aides while the Boehner bill was pending all day Thursday, there were *no* quiet negotiations toward a compromise solution between Democratic and Republican leaders on either side of the Hill. Per the senior Democrat, yesterday Senate Democrats were available to talk to House Republicans but Republican leadership was too busy vote counting to talk about next steps. A House Republican leadership aide puts it differently: there were no negotiations because leadership is committed to the Boehner bill not a compromise. On the Senate side, both the senate Democratic and Republican aides say to date, Senate Republican leaders have been unwilling to break with Speaker Boehner and cut a separate deal with Senator Reid.
Bottom line another day went by, no more progress toward a compromise.
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