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Re: [Social] (BN) Obama Will Meet Again With Boehner, Reid on U.S. Budget as Shutdown Looms

Released on 2012-10-18 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 41296
Date 2011-04-07 22:54:52
From [email protected]
To [email protected]
List-Name [email protected]
i think we're all pretty aware already......
On Apr 7, 2011, at 3:50 PM, Robert Reinfrank wrote:
*****I actually hope the gov is forced to shut down so that people finally
recognize the incompetence that pervades the highest levels.
Bloomberg News, sent from my iPhone.

Obama to Meet Again With Reid, Boehner as Shutdown Looms

April 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama and the top two leaders in
Congress will negotiate on the U.S. budget again tonight after an
afternoon meeting failed to end a stalemate that threatens a government

*We*re not there yet,* House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican,
said outside the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada
Democrat, said he was *disappointed* that negotiations haven*t resolved
remaining differences and that the leaders will meet with the president
again at the White House later in the day.

Without an agreement or temporary spending extension by the end of the day
tomorrow, when current spending authority expires, all non-essential
government services would close.

*I remain confident that if we*re serious about getting something done, we
should be able to complete a deal and get it passed and avert a shutdown,*
Obama told reporters after the three met last night.

Reid said on the Senate floor this morning he was *not nearly as
optimistic* as he was last night that a shutdown will be averted. Reid
said the dollar figures are *basically there,* but disputes remain over
House-approved policy provisions that restrict abortion funding and
environmental rules. He said Boehner should drop them.

Asked later by a reporter whether he was beginning to question whether
Boehner wants a deal, Reid responded, *Yes, I am.*

Asked about the policy provisions, he said *we*ve got most of them* out of
the bill. *We*re working through these,* he said.

Spending Differences

Boehner said both sides had moved a bit farther apart today. He said
differences over the level of spending cuts remain, and that the policy
differences go well beyond the areas that Reid pinpointed.

*There are far more than the one provision that is holding up any
agreement, I can tell you that,* the speaker told reporters before the
afternoon meeting at the White Housee.

Last night, Obama focused on the consequences of a failure to reach an
agreement, which would include the possible furlough of about 800,000
federal workers. *A shutdown would have real effects on everyday
Americans,* he said. *There are ramifications all across the economy.*

Obama today threatened to veto a temporary funding measure that House
Republicans passed, 247-181. It would keep the government operating
through April 15, impose $12 billion in budget cuts and fund the Pentagon
for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

*No Responsible Reason*

While Boehner said there is *no responsible reason* for Democrats to
oppose it, Reid said the bill is a *nonstarter* in the Senate. His
objections include a policy directive in the bill that would limit
abortion funding in the District of Columbia.

Reid and Obama have said a simpler short-term extension of current
spending levels extending over a few days could be used to prevent a
shutdown if the final paperwork on a deal were being drafted.

The talks aim to forestall the first government shutdown since another
Democratic president -- Bill Clinton -- clashed 15 years ago with
congressional Republicans who also were attempting to scale back
government spending.

Improving retail sales and a drop in jobless claims offset concern about a
potential government shutdown. The S&P 500 rose less than 0.1 percent to
1,336.57 at 10:29 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average,
which climbed yesterday to the highest since June 2008, lost 11.09 points,
0.1 percent, to 12,415.66 today.

$40 Billion

Boehner is seeking cuts of $40 billion from current spending, which is $7
billion higher than the $33 billion plan lawmakers had been working to
assemble. While he has said he wants cut to come from programs that get
funding through the annual appropriations process, Reid wants some cuts
through programs such as Pell Grants and transportation programs that have
mandated funding levels that extend over several years. That would shield
many domestic programs from deeper cuts.

Easing a potential deal, many of the House*s Tea Party- backed Republican
freshmen began to soften their opposition to compromising on budget cuts,
said Representative Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican.

*You can really see this week a lot of the freshmen evolving and growing*
and *maturing,* Rogers said. *There*s three levers that make laws; we just
have one of the three. That*s just the way it is. The Senate*s got one,
the president*s got one. They*re starting to get it.*

*Cheers* for Shutdown

Reid said today the Tea Party *cheers for a shutdown.*

The Obama administration said it is preparing for a partial shutdown of
operations if Congress doesn*t act. That would suspend Internal Revenue
Service audits and federal small- business loan processing, as well as
government guarantees of some mortgages, according to an official who
briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

The official said military, law enforcement, homeland security and other
personnel deemed essential would remain on duty, though their paychecks
would be delayed until the government reopens. Government programs that
have an effect on the economy would be among the operations hit, including
a suspension of loan guarantees by the Federal Housing Administration.

Congress, too, was bracing for a shutdown. Officials have told lawmakers
and senior aides to designate which employees are *essential* and must
report to work, and said those deemed non-essential will be furloughed
without pay. It*s up to Congress to decide whether they will be
compensated for the forced time off, as they have been during past

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[email protected] Catherine Dodge in Washington at
[email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at
[email protected]

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