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April 8th, 2011
09:27 PM ET

Source: Budget deadline may be pushed back one week

Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen
CNN

Washington (CNN) - Budget negotiators are working on a proposal to keep the federal government open for another week while Democratic and Republican leaders put together a broader deal, a senior Republican close to the talks told CNN Friday night.

Disputes over controversial topics like abortion - an apparent sticking point in the talks - have been "essentially resolved," the source said.

The source warned, however, that any deal is still contingent on an agreement on the final spending numbers.

A Democratic source told CNN earlier in the evening that negotiators were considering a three-day funding extension that would not include any language tied to the abortion issue.

Live blog: Latest developments on a possible shutdown

Regardless of the specifics, both the House of Representatives and the Senate need to pass a new federal funding measure by midnight to prevent a partial government shutdown.

The White House has indicated that President Barack Obama could sign another short-term funding measure if negotiations on a broader package covering the rest of the fiscal year were making progress.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Friday that he would agree to a short-term measure if there is a deal already in place on that package.

Earlier in the day, administration officials said they were optimistic about the possibility of reaching an 11th-hour budget deal with the Republicans.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. daniel chism

    the members of congress shoundnt be voting on anything. the great citizens of america should be the ones voting.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  2. daniel chism

    if its not a done deal yet, anderson, then the government should've been shut down 20 minutes ago.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  3. Dorothy Schuler

    It is absolutely appalling how everyone in Washington is so out of touch with the rest of the country. None of you - and I include the correspondents in that "all" - has a remote understanding about how most of us in this country are disgusted, tired, upset, and disenheartened by the current behavior in Washington. Politics as usual is not what our country needs now! I am digusted. Apparently, the only thing uppermost in the House and Senate members is their job security. They were elected to look out for the rest of us, and this current "theater" makes it clear none of them has a clue about the issues that concern most of us.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  4. daniel chism

    if the gorvernment would have shut down it would have shown them how much the american people dont need them.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  5. daniel chism

    legalize pot. theres your budget cut.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  6. Jack

    Why is our government so concerned with cutting health care for the citizens of the U.S. and especially Medicare and Medicade but the matter of all the money that is allotted for other countries is never mentioned. This affects a lot of senior citizens that have worked a lifetime and paid into the tax system for years.After all it is our money that keeps our country going but we have no say on how it is to be used. If they cut Medicare and Medicade is Washington going to give up their benefits also.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  7. Gerald L

    I think if we were forced to give the united states a one day furlow on all jobs we could place a lot of money back in the budget because state governments would not shut down if everyone chipped in to work one day for free a month for 12 months.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  8. Rosalind E. Archie

    Everybody seem to forget that our Pres. got all of this mess when he was elected. Why was all these problems over looked when the bail out with Pres. Bush was being voted on? Everybody is now so concerned about the budget! If congress members were not getting paid, it would be a different conversation. If anything would be affecting the people who are bringing all this mess to congress you would hear a different story. Just remember you reap what you sow!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  9. betsy cross

    I'm really happy that an agreement was made and that my grandson, who is in the Navy, his wife and unborn child will be able to pay their bills, put gas in their cars and eat.
    However I am really frustrated with the fact of the republicans playing games and trying to put the blame on the democrats and the President. My husband is a retired uaw worker and I find it awful what the Tea Party is trying to do. I feel all this is because of the right wingers. And if there is any blame to be put on anyone, I blame the people who voted for the right wing Tea Party, they must not really know whats going on or listen. I think this whole thing was unfair to our service men and women. I do support our government, but I do think when voting people need more common sense.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  10. Rick Flores

    It is interesting how the Republicans forget that they caused a lot of the budget problems we are currently facing. Instead of cutting programs that help the American people they should be cutting the tax breaks and loopholes for the rich and insure that EVERYONE pays their fair share.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  11. Bonnie

    The biggest cut they could make is their own paychecks! Why will they not take from themselves instead of taking more from lower working class Americans? Is anyone going to ask that question publicly to President Obama and the Memebers of Congress? This American would love to know the answer to that one.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    So what will happen this next Thursday when this "band-aid" comes off? They still haven't fixed the problem.... What are our families supposed to do to pay their bills after Thursday?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  13. mim

    the government officials are effecting even the youngest of Americans, my grandchildren already endure the rigors of a parent in the military. Now they are denied spring celebrations. To put it bluntly they are taking candy from our children,and that is Not acceptable!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  14. g powers

    Thank You Anderson Cooper for you for your devotion to bring THE BEST information and clarity in doing so.How can the government even consider even for one second to NOT PAY OUR SOLDIERS or to take any ting else from our senior citizens. The soldiers are defending our freedom,which allows the government to even exist.Our senior citizen are the builders of what and where we are today,what has happened to us?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    Why can't Congress Members and President Obama take a cut in their pay? President Obama makes $400,000.00 a year alone, while America pays for his housing, food and travel all over the world? My husband is Active Duty Army stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. We have a pretty strict budget we live on...if we can make it on his pay, why can't President Obama and the Members of Congress live on less too?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Brandon

    How does this help? This is delaying the problem, it sounds like Congress wants their weekend off.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Julie Good

    I am so tired of hearing this is about money and making the defecit smaller, when the Republicans are really holding out for rules... their effort to dispel rules that protect the environment in our country, our planet and that protect the lives of our children. It appears to be that this isn't about the budget, this is about protecting Republican friends in the business community.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Bonita sponsler

    Bring our men home from Afghanistan. We are spending money, losing men, and it's not even our war

    April 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  19. john velazquez

    its a shame that the republicans keep throwing cheap shots at the president he has been dealt a deck of bills that the george bush had left andhe has tried to build the economy and create jobs you have the repulicans doing the unthinkable stopping the military paychecks these are young men and woman fighting for our freedom and this is the way our military gets treated like dogs its a disgrace to the men and woman of the military who risking there lives for what for these politicians in washington collecting a paycheck of 175.000 dollars a year and there pay checks won't be stopped think about it you politicians should resign and go have tea with ms bachman cause the congress should respect our military cause they live paycheck to paycheck and its not fair.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  20. john carroll

    cut pay for congress and stop benefits after office is relinquished they receive more percs than anyone who works for four yrs and can retire

    April 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Carla

    What I don't understand is we teach Iraq how to have and Run a Government based Country when we can't even come to an agreement to run our own, so now the Military who protect and serve its Country will have to suffer, is this how we repay them by starving them and their families???

    April 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Marci Calloway

    Hi Anderson,

    I want to know who the Republicans are talking about when they say "Nobody" wants this and that including Obama Care. I want Obama Care. No one has asked me for my opinion. So I think the term "Nobody" is an extreme misnomer. I know a whole lot people who are counting on National Health and I am not just referring to lower income families. I am referring to Middle Class and Upper Class Families who are sick of being ripped off by the Insurance companies or just plain can't afford the premiums.

    The minute Obama took office the Republicans have done nothing but fight him every step of the way. They have wasted time and energy trying to make him look like he not doing his job instead of them doing theirs. There is a saying that 'It takes money to make money' and has everyone forgotten what a mess our last President left us in and that maybe it is costing a fortune to fix those problems as well as run the country with it's current problems in toe? President Obama has a hell of a job to do and a disaster to fix and all he is getting from his Senate / Congress is a bunch of spoiled children fighting back and forth because they aren't getting what they want. I normally don't get involved in politics but this is just ridiculous and so frustrating.

    Thanks,
    MC
    Des Moines, IA

    April 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Annie Kate

    Is Congress just trying to see how bad they can make things by not coming to an agreed budget and letting the economy sink with its citizens? If they do not reach a stopgap tonight I wonder if they will just keep doing this – one week at a time and never an agreement. The GOP and the Democrats are both at fault here and both need to be fired from their jobs for non-performance. Perhaps if Obama did a presidential decree cutting off Congress's paychecks they might have more incentive to get a budget out. But, I don't think he has the constitutional power to do that. What a bloody mess....

    April 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Sherri Birkland

    I can't believe what I am hearing and seeing. On this budget thing. How did these guys ever get where they are? How can we put this Country in the hands of these Idiots. They have Failed. They need to go!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am ashamed of them.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  25. James

    Quit outsourcing jobs. More people will work, meaning more taxes, then spending won't be an issue.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm |