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April 7th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

No deal yet as government shutdown looms

Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen
CNN

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.

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  1. Mae

    It's plain to see the Congress is once again failing the old, the disable, our government workers and our military who keep us safe. So when they need us, we need to fail them. When it's time for our voices need to be heard, we need to keep quiet.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Congress should pass the budget! A shutdown would be wrong. Federal workers, and that includes soldiers, are people too and have bills to pay. The right and the left should compromise more, especially the right.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  3. Georgine

    I cannot believe what is going on in this country. What makes the Republicans think they can hold all of us hostage, and what makes them think they speak for me. The Republicans are wrong, trying to control the budget is good, but one cannot undo what it took years to accomplish. If we need to go back we need to go slowly and deliberately. I will never vote for a Republican no matter what.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Leslie VonBach

    I, as a mother of a soldier at war, who serves in protecting our freedom, has put his life on the line along with many soldiers around the globe and is not getting paid to defend us at this most difficult time. Close the parks at a cost of $32 million daily, and pay for the soldiers to be sent home or pay them to defend America. If this was put to a vote, I would choose people over parks. Parks can always be reopened. People can never be replaced!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Jason Binstock

    Two words 'stubborn and lazy'. We voted for them to do a job which they are obviously incapable of doing. What would we do if they were anyone else? FIRE THEM. Appoint a Caesar to get it done. I'm ashamed to say that maybe the tea-partiers are right.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  6. sherry l. mustain

    To: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio
    Charge forward-keep going-eliminate the planned parenthood, the non-essentials and frivolities. Everyone I know is with you on this.
    Stay strong. Do NOT succumb.

    We are sick of the give aways-the taxation and price gouging that strips us from all dignity.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  7. Patti m/c il

    In what other country could you diliberatly disobey your employer (in this case the Am. people) and still make Aprox. 176,000.00 annually and keep your job. Only in this wonderful country we call America. You can love your country and despise your government...

    April 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  8. Patti m/c il

    I think the republicans got the wrong message from the mid term elections. I think people voted in for change, not to hold up the procees of the tasks at hand.The president and congress need to get over themselves or step down. We need government that will get the job done. enough lolligagin. They work for the people I think they forgot that. Maybe they need to take a refresher course in the constitution, and that goes for both parties........

    April 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  9. Don Ott

    As a veteran I find it discouraging that we will pay Congress during a shut down but not the military men and women serving our country. Congress should be made to work to resolve their inabilities without pay if needed. When will we get it right!

    Don
    PA

    April 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  10. Patti m/c il

    What kind of government stands before military soldiers and in a nut shell says keep putting your lives in danger for your government and your country but your pay will temp. stop. I will not sit by quietly and except this behavior. If you really want to make cuts in the budget let them work for free. We could save aprox. $76,560,000.00 alone in payroll to the 435 congress seats we dish out every year with each seat earning aprox. 176,000.00 a year. Then add another 400,000.00 a year for the president. If they really wanted to help the country at best they would take a 50% or more pay reduction. I'd like them to tell me they can't live off that money. I know people who live off 20-30,000.00 a year. If they can't do the job they must go. This country don't have time for this. the budget was to be passed last year, jobs were promised. Hell there are lots of people out of work, many whom I'm sure could figure this out. They can't do any worse than the clowns in Washington currently holding the seats.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm |