Government shutdown looms- no deal yet
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talk to reporters as they leave a White House meeting Thursday.
April 7th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Government shutdown looms- no deal yet

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced Thursday afternoon that negotiators had not yet been able to reach an agreement on a federal budget covering the remainder of the current fiscal year.

The two men made the announcement after emerging from a round of talks at the White House with President Barack Obama.  They said they expected to resume talks later Thursday afternoon and would return to the White House for additional discussions at 7 p.m. ET. 

If Congress and the White House cannot reach an agreement by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.

Shortly before Reid and Boehner addressed reporters, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a short-term government spending bill that would delay the impending shutdown by one additional week.

The measure, which passed 247-181 in a largely party-line vote, funds the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.  It would also slash federal spending, however, by another $12 billion and is strongly opposed by Democrats in both Congress and the White House because of the programs for which funding would be cut.

Reid declared the bill a "nonstarter" before it cleared the House. The White House promised a veto if it reaches Obama's desk.

The president "does not believe that we should sign another short-term measure that carries within it a lot of policy implications in order to kick this can down the road," White House press secretary Jay Carney said. "It is simply no way to do business."  (click here for the latest)

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  1. Father Time

    I think the bigger issue is that CNN thinks that Midnight Friday is 32 hours from 4 pm Thursday.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  2. L.H.

    so sad...
    my school's Washington, D.C. trip may get canceled if this happens. hope it doesn't!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  3. Rebecca bramley

    Realy a shut down !!!!! R u kidding me ? y don't the government just kill all of us now that r scraping by 2 live now . Like my husband and I ! And every 1 tht has done everything they can 2 even afford medications . Most ppl I know now that had houses and vehicals r bankrupt went thru all of the savings we had and now they wanna shut the government down . Get ur heads out of your asses n help not make it worse !!! Realy a shut down ???? Come on people quit thinking about your pockets and help not mak it worse!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I used to respect and admire Donald Trump for his hard work and business savviness to set up his great empire, thereby allowing himself to become one of the wealthiest men in AMERICA; as I feel the same for our wealthy Georgian, Ted Turner. However, after hearing his nasty, evil bucket of lies and trickery against the PRESIDENT, I don't know what to think of him now! MONEY TALKS DOESN'T IT? He claims he'd make a better president, and the only thing OBAMA's done well was 'get elected'! How careless of him!!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I see right now that he's certainly THE deal-maker, THE businessman. He has aligned himself with the birthers and claims he too, suddenly doesn't believe the president was born in AMERICA! He will do and say anything to get what he wants, if he really wants it. There are haters who would vote for him if he chose to run simply because he 'says' he believes OBAMA may have been born in AFRICA. Through lies and fabrications, they all just want him out of that WHITEHOUSE, 'by any means necessary'! PERIOD!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Trump is a business man, period. He's only thinking about enhancing himself and his own 'empire'! When he was asked by Meridith, how would he have handled LIBYA any differently, he said the only reason he'd have gone in would have been to take the oil. That further let's me know, he's just like the GOP/TEAPARTYERS, he doesn't give a hoot about the people! So what do you think he'd do or feel about the everyday, hardworking AMERICAN people? The ones who are still working anyway. He doesn't care one bit! OK?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Trump said one thing that I'd agree with him on, and that is the world is laughing at us! I know the world's been watching this awful show of disrespect against OBAMA, and they know exactly what the bottomline of it is! Yep, they have been laughing at the 'Dennis the Menaces', 'The Little Raschals', 'The Three Stoogees' and the 'Archie Bunkers' of this nation! One more thing OBAMA haters, soreloosers, liars, and antagonists, since ya'll so quickly forget; Trump did put Gadhafi up on one of his properties!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Jay in NC

    It is amazing how Liberals will lie, especially in the day and age of Google. Enter 'trump gadhafii tent' in to the search engine and you will find news stories from ABC Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and 1000s of others saying that Gadhafi did not stay on Trump's land. Yet Liberals will claim that Trump did put Gadhafi up on one of his properties.

    During the last election we heard a lot about 'being on the right side of history.' What side of history are you on when you choose to lie? I can see a time when computers would flag untruths and maybe even prevent such shenanigans.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'm a liberal and proud of it! I'm on the right side of history and do not choose nor have to lie about anything that I say. I leave that neccessity to conservatives, their media pundits, and blogger politicians, who've LIED, tried to explain away, justify and 'cover' themselves and us, in every ill-decided situation that we are all having to deal with right now; TODAY; domestically, example #1. '911', as well as internationally, example #2. IRAQ. I saw the TRUMP/GADHAFI tent story on FOX, CNN and MSNBC!

    April 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |