White House meeting on shutdown scheduled
April 6th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
7 years ago

White House meeting on shutdown scheduled

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has invited House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to a White House meeting on Wednesday night because "not enough progress has been made" on a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

The meeting is set for 8:45 p.m., Carney said.

Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Marie

    I wonder if every member of congress also loses pay if there is a government shutdown? Not that it matters. Many of them And their families would get along just fine without that paycheck!

    April 6, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    I am glad to see at least one person, John Boehner in that meeting representing the American taxpayer. If it was Nancy Pelosi instead of John Boehner you can be sure the 2011 Federal Budget would be $100 billion larger and our national debt would grow that much quicker. But voters turned out to be smarter than that.

    April 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    If it was Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House she wouldn't stand for these childish games. She is a true leader who delivered a lot positive legislation for all of the American people. She understood she worked for every American, not just the wealthy elite or religiously radical like Boner and the rest of the GOPers. The US is seeing the true colors of the GOP, which will make it a great 2012 for all Dems, especially Obama.

    April 6, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    @Four and the Door – The national debt GREW by giving tax cuts to the RICH – The Repubs did not complain about that???!!!

    The reason why it's behind closed doors is because Boehner is CRYING!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Dalecn

    Marie. Do you wonder if every member of the senate also loses pay?

    April 6, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    Congress gets paid during a shutdown...there some of the very few who will still get paid.

    April 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Federal Civilian

    Congress is exempt, just like they are on the cost of living adjustment freeze that took place this year. They will continue to be paid. None of this Includes them

    April 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

    Pay for all of the budget short-falls with profits* from corporate America, who it was that caused this mess in the first place (see FCIC report) with the enthusiastic help of their lapdogs, the corporatist GOP. *That's profits, meaning that a percentage, preferably a very LARGE percentage of the money that would otherwise go to corporate executives and shareholders, would be taken as taxes to solve the crisis that they created, which can't be passed-on to the devastated people in anyway, as citizens, customers, employees, etc. This is all big business’s fault so they should pay for all of these budget short-falls.

    April 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Where has compromise gone?

    Somehow the art of COMPROMISE has been lost in Washington. Everybody has to have it their way and will pout and hold their breath until they get it. Both sides have to realize that they aren't going to get everything they want because they share power.

    April 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. CW

    Ha! John Boehner representing the American taxpayer. Laughable. He represents the rich and nothing more.

    April 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. sharon

    John Boehner may represent his district and some of the American taxpayers may agree with his brand of politics, but there are many who absolutely disagree with him and what his republican party is trying to coerce. Sadly, there are very strong differences regarding which voters have been smart, and which are deluding themselves

    April 6, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Joe

    I'm sure they'll get SO MUCH done

    April 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. wann2know

    Listen to the hearts and minds of citizens and get the job done. Do not accept another penny of pay until you get a budget that is fair for all.

    April 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Stone

    Me too, wondering whether congresssmen and congresswomen would be considered as essential or non-essential should a shut down occur.

    April 6, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. carnac

    If the GOP honestly feel that government spending has to stop, why don't they give up their salaries, medical insurance, and their children shouldn't be allowed to attend public schools (including higher education). They shouldn't be allowed to visit the Smithsonian museums, monuments or national parks, nor could they ever call upon the fire department, police department and their elderly relatives can no longer accept Medicare or social security…The list goes on and on…

    Why not GOP????

    April 6, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Billijean

    I don't understand where the Republicans think they are accomplishing anything by attempting to destroy the work of Pres. Obama. They are underestimating the many while listening to the few loudmouths they can hear above their own idiotic rantings.

    April 6, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Michael Yeboah

    why do democrats always give in so easily. they have to stand for something. lets shut it down and see who losses.

    April 6, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Bob

    The white house congress both reps and senate need to pull their heads out of the sand and due the right thing and leave their
    ego at the door and use common sense #1 and most important is our freedom then end the wasteful sending on stupid pork projects and regulations that cost everyone $$$$ Tax$$$$$$ Please come to your senses!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Larry

    It amazes me that even when the President sends out a bi-partisan invite, the responses are completely partisan. This country's politics has turned into a sad rivalry; where its always about backing the team, instead of playing the game justly.

    April 6, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Someone

    I've said this repetitive times. We need to get a budget settlement... for this year. We need to make big budget cuts (15 trillion dollars in debt is enough to rebuild 40 or more Japan Tsunami's and Earthquakes). For this year, we need to make large cuts. Such as bringing most of our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and lowering medicare funding. We need to also push... very hard, for private companies to take over less needed government run business.

    We still need to remember that education, exploration, science, and health are things that we can't just give up. Those need to be increased in funding... not lowered.

    Besides, most countries have a debt anyway... to make money you must spend it. China has a debt, the UK has a debt, Europe on average has a debt... its just something that won't ever be fixed, or at least likely won't. But, you must keep it manageable if your country doesn't want to lose things that hold it dear.

    April 6, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Lou50

    hopefully obama will resign to divert this issue for his failure to maintain a balanced budget and debt reduction! this will be an honorable thing for him to do, who would havr thought. there is hope after all.

    April 6, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. AF

    The democrats are whining because the GOP won't compromise enough with them. Where was their compromise with the Healthcare law. They didn't listen to the GOP then. Double standards. The U.S. can't continue to print money and the democrats controlled Congress for 8 years. Stop blaming Bush for everything.

    April 6, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Steve

    Balancing the budget is simple (1) Eliminate wasteful or duplicate programs, (2) Reduce evey agency by 10% and hold spending at FY12 levels for 10 years, (3) Create a giant Amortization schedule on the Remaining Portion of the Debt and create a Payment Plan to pay it off in 30years, just like a Mortgage. We all got into this mess together (Republicans and Democrats) and we need to find reasonable & fair ways to fix it together. It is a nice simple formula and easy to implement, but it will never happen because Washington makes everything complex

    April 6, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. engineersteve

    I am really amazed that the Repubes are arguing that the Dems had full control last year and should have passed a budget then. Don't they remember that they fillabustered everything that came to the floor? They couldn't pass a budget without a supermajority, and minority republicans were saying "my way or the highway" even then.

    April 6, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Silent Majority

    Boehner wanted $73 billion in budget cuts in January; the Democrats have agreed to cuts totaling that amount. Now Boehner is whining because the cuts aren't coming from where the GOP wants them to come (Planned Parenthood, NPR, etc.). This is also why so many in the GOP want to distance themselves from Mitch Daniels, who wanted to put social issues aside for the time being in favor of an economic recovery. Nope! Can't have that! For them, the economic hardships of the average American is merely an excuse to gut the programs that offend their "morality." Well, that kind of thinking offends my sense of morality, and I am not alone. We are watching, and we vote.

    April 6, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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