Signs of hope as government shutdown looms
April 1st, 2011
06:22 PM ET
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Signs of hope as government shutdown looms

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - With a deadline looming at the end of next week, leaders in both parties sent hopeful signals Friday that they can pass spending legislation to avert a U.S. government shutdown.

"We know that both sides are close. We know that a compromise is within reach," said President Barack Obama.

"We are on the doorstep of a deal," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat.

"I am not preparing for a government shutdown," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.

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  1. diridi

    this takes some time...we all know GOP animals trekked in white house for the last thirty years, from Reagan, to Bush....now we are getting much better....Clinton left huge surplus, then idiots, like kenn starr, prosecuted on bogus things....it is normal for presidents....now nation is on right track....unemployment is coming down, good sign....education, manufacturing, jobs, infrastructure, energy efficiency, oil independence, R and D, strict immigration, etc, need to be focused....that's it...

    April 1, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    It's always "signs of HOPE" for something that is NOT even "upHOPEful!!! It's only being said it is to keep an audience and to let the American people THINK the WH is working!!! It's all a game!!! The problem with that – some people BELIEVE IT!!

    April 1, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. The Tea Party Needs to Shut Down the Government . . .

    to prove their power to the Republicans. Tough choice for Boehner. He either gets attacked by the far right splitting the party or he shuts down the government and his party takes the blame again (by most voters – look at 95. Remember President Dole?)

    April 1, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Mountaineer

    There is a solution to the budget crisis. Make corporations pay their fair share of taxes. We hear of GE not paying any taxes in 2010. I doubt that any Railroad in this country paid corporate taxes. This is called corporate welfare and the Republicans and Democrats need to address the real problem. Quit allowing companies to outsource our manufacturing jobs and if they do, place an excise tax on their overseas profits. The country needs revenues to pay for the wealthy's tax breaks!

    April 1, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Will Republicans please stop playing pure ideological politics. The riders will lead to a presidential veto and they know it = to me they would be 100% responsible for a shutdown and its cost greater than any saving by either party.Some Republicans are right, take the $33bn of Dems offer and move on to the larger issue of the "2011 Budget". Also stop playing political games and address the CBO claim that $200bn in spending is being duplicated.
    If realistic, my guess is both sides could hit $50bn in a few days and agreed and be prepared to talk another $100bn and maybe get half of that. The remaining $50 bn probabaly too politically hot for One or other side too agree on.
    Oooops sorry that might just be real governance and Bi partisn ship!! Heaven forbid that kind of common sense could actually prevail in Washington.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 2, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  6. RetiredMarineE8

    If Schumer says an agreement is near on the budget then you can bet the Republicans have caved. Don't cave in Boehner. They only want to spend and we don't have the money anymore. If they won't cut spending then "shut it down". No pay for anyone in congress and no retroactive pay when it's over. SPENDING HAS TO BE CUT.

    April 2, 2011 03:12 am at 3:12 am |