Shutdown looms
Another late night at the White House Thursday as President Obama spoke in the briefing room after talks between congressional leaders seemingly stalled. The president said, ""Because the machinery of the shutdown is necessarily starting to move, I expect an answer in the morning, and my hope is that I'll be able to announce to the American people sometime relative early in the day that a shutdown has been averted."
April 8th, 2011
10:54 AM ET

Shutdown looms

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Friday morning that the abortion issue is the lone remaining stumbling block for negotiators trying to reach a budget agreement that would prevent a government shutdown.

"This all deals with women's health. Everything (else) has been resolved. Everything," Reid said. "It's an ideological battle. It has nothing to do with fiscal integrity in this country."

Republicans have been pushing to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood during the budget talks. They are also trying to get federal dollars now set aside for family planning and women's health turned into block grants for states, according to a Democratic source.

Such a move - opposed by Democrats, according to the source - would give governors and state legislatures more ability to cut funding for services opposed by conservatives.

A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, immediately disputed Reid's assertion that abortion is the key sticking point.

"While nothing will be decided until everything is decided, the largest issue is still spending cuts," Michael Steel said. "The American people want to cut spending to help the private sector create jobs - and the Democrats that run Washington don't."  (follow live blogging on the latest developments)

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Bill In Stl

    Just remember, as reported by CBS, The president has rejected all conservative ideas .... MY Way of the Highway ... Seems the president said we should not be that way ... SO which is it Barack? Are you going to practice what you preach?!?

    April 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  2. Just Sayin

    Another shining example of liberal politics .... I rejected your ideas, and now its all your fault!...

    April 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    What do you mean? This president has succumbed to SO many of the GOP positions and suggestions, on SO many other agenda issues, trying to be negotiable and open, to work together with the 'right', until many in his own base have become upset and angry at him! Even the notorious media have been becrying, he has slid all the way over from the 'far left' to the 'middle'! That to me, suggests he's IS meeting them halfway; listening to their ideas, and trying to work compromises in order to get it done! My GOD!

    April 11, 2011 at 11:31 am |