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Three Days out…Theatre and the Boehner ‘throw down’….


It’s almost 10:00Pm Tuesday……

We were led to believe that an agreement would have to done in principle by now for a Friday vote on the 2011 FY Budget….

It seems like that isn’t the case……

And now Boehner lets slip that he has to get a deal 218 GOPers can vote on…..

Obama meets and get nowhere….

I think the Republicans are giving Obama ‘throw down’ based on the past history of him NEVER drawing a line in the sand…

(Defense WILL get money)

I thought Boehner would have the balls to go non-partisan and take a life line from the Democrats…..

We have a few days…..

But a shut down is gonna be BIG blame game …..

And the GOP lost the last time…


With three days left until the federal government’s spending authority runs out, politicians in Washington sounded increasingly worried on Tuesday about the prospect that the government could shut down in a matter of days.

Each day, The Caucus will offer a roundup of the public relations effort by both sides as the April 8 deadline approaches. Check back here to get caught up on the back and forth.

Three Days Left

A White House meeting between President Obama and lawmakers appeared to do little to bridge the divide as the clock ticked down toward the deadline. Mr. Obama held an impromptu news conference after the White House meeting and Republican leaders countered with comments of their own. Neither side appeared willing to give much ground.

Meanwhile, both sides started bracing for the results of a partial shutdown. Agency heads throughout the administration began planning for the implications if Congress shuts off the financial spigot, while Republican lawmakers prepped a week-long extension that would keep the Pentagon operating…..


Odds of Government Shutdown Grow

Congress and the White House “veered toward a fiscal collision” as the Obama administration “rejected a short-term House Republican demand to cut $12 billion now in exchange for keeping the government open for one more week,” the New York Times reports.

“At an impromptu news conference at the White House, President Obama said there was ‘no excuse’ for failing to pass a budget for the rest of this year, and that he was no longer willing to accept one short-term deal after another to temporarily keep agencies running.”

Meanwhile, a senior Senate Democratic aide tells Greg Sargent that in today’s private meeting at the White House, Boehner “signaled to the President and to Harry Reid that Republicans were not willing to support any budget compromise that can’t garner the votes of 218 Republicans in the House. That would be a break from the GOP’s previous posture: Republican leaders had appeared willing to reach a deal that could pass the House with Republican and Democratic support, even if it meant losing some Republicans.”



April 5, 2011 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | ,

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