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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:10 AM
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Reid on shutdown: "It looks like it's headed in that direction"
This is breaaking, but I will not post it there!

Carrie Dann writes:After an all-night negotiating session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he is not nearly as optimistic as he was last night about avoiding a government shutdown before a Friday deadline, saying of a federal funding gap: it looks like its headed in that direction.

The Democratic leader said that the two sides have essentially agreed on the amount of money set to be cut from the long-term budget but that Republicans have drawn a line in the sand over ideology including policy issues dealing with funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Our differences are no longer over the savings we get on government spending, Reid said. The only thing holding up an agreement is ideology.

Reids comments came as the White House announced another meeting with congressional leaders scheduled for 1 pm ET. The government will shut down if an agreement is not reached by midnight on Friday.

House Republicans are lobbying for some policy riders attachments to the budget bill including ones that would defund the presidents health care plan, cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and target EPA greenhouse gas rules.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:21 AM
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1. In the big picture this is minor but my son and his family were
on vacation in Hawaii during the last shutdown and couldn't visit The Pearl Harbor Memorial.

As I said,other things are more important but they were very disappointed.
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