White House meeting on shutdown scheduled
April 6th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
4 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
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  1. max

    compromise has a new definition. propose something your opponent couldnt possibly agree to and then stick to it.

    Why must the proposal contain anything concerning planned parenthood?

    Repubs can play games but a number of independents are getting frustrated that an opportunity for real budget decisions is being side-tracked by social issues. The term fiddling while rome burns comes to mind.

    So who do the true fiscal conservatives that dont care about pet social issues vote for in the next election?

    April 6, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Jean

    John Boehner is ten times the man that Reid is–Reid is a whimp–last year it was on film that even Nancy Pelosi could not stand for the man to touch her–I cannot believe how in the world he has risen to be the leader of the Senate–the Republicans have REAL solutions to the budget and all the Dems can say is "we can't cut that much" but Obama blames both leaders for no budget agreement when it is the budget that HE sent to them that they are trying to cut–

    April 6, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Nameclaudia

    They could easily shave 30 bil. By eliminating the welfare subsidies paid to corporate America, corporate farmers, tobacco industry, oil companies and raise the tax rate back to its normal rate -BB- for the mega wealthy.
    America cannot sustain itself off the backs of the dwindling middle class.
    Koch brothers financing this Tea Party fiasco-
    They hate social security, medicare, board of education, minimum wage, unions, healthcare for everyone, clean air, safety in the workplace, down payments for houses going up to 20 percent...
    Totally contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, Lord Krishna, Baha'u'llah. Zoroaster, Muhammad and all of the other messangers of God.
    May God remove the veils from their eyes and reveal to them the slippery slope they travel, and shame on them for leading so many people into the ditch with them!

    April 6, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. tom

    Get rid of all the civilians in the military we could start there they make 5 or 6 times as much as a service member and they do the same job

    April 6, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Teresa Notar

    I would like to know where the art of compromise has gone also. Seems like many of those new to the Hill are more stuck on their principles than waking up and smelling the coffee. I believe there two sides to the budget story, yet somehow we need to meet in the middle. Far too many innocent citizens will be harmed by a shutdown – including the most vulnerable – the poor, the elderly, the ill, the children and youth, the unemployed...wake up Congress and realize that your constituents want change and are willing to compromise in order to get this deal done. Remember, win the (short term) battle, lose the war!

    April 6, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. zack, king of universe

    When two rights fight...

    April 6, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    NVa Native
    ...The US is seeing the true colors of the GOP...
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    We are. They listened to what we wanted, they said very clearly what they would do and they are doing what they said they would do. Every day they act on the mandate American voters sent them to Washington with. Thank goodness the voters stepped in before Obama drove national debt up to $20 trillion!

    April 6, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. AverageJim

    The Republicans ran up the majority of debt by spending on wars and passing tax cuts to the wealthy we couldn't afford. Then, after the impact of the wars and tax cuts hits us, they blame the succeeding administration. And claim they are the fiscal conservatives. The last president that had a balanced budget was Bill Clinton. He left office with a slight budget surplus which was turned into a 1.5 trillion budget deficit at the end of Bush's second term. That's essentially where we are today. Obama couldn't reduce it during his first year because it would have crushed the recovery. Any economist can tell you how devestating it would be to stop spending during a recession. Now that we are starting to come out of it, the Republicans play games by purposely picking politically charged areas to cut the budget. They certainly aren't picking areas that we could most afford, such as cutting tax breaks to oil companies. Exxon not only didn't pay taxes in 2010, they got $3.2 billion from the federal government in subsides. Does that make sense?! They should be paying taxes AND paying us something for the natural resource they are taking AND paying something for the environmental damage they cause.

    April 6, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. justplain tired

    I saw an article where the Tea Party say's bring on a Gov't shut down. How ridiculous is this and some of the ideologies of the the people in govt. They want a shut down because it does not affect them. They should be subject to all the BS the WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE are. All politians are liars and cheats

    April 6, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. SJA

    When the amount of savings from the cuts either side are proposing are compared to the total budget, it really doesn't make a big difference. But like all Drama queens its all about "principles". I work for the government. And no my health insurance is not free, I don't have a 6 digit income, and I will be working next week even if the government is shut down- with no guarantee of pay. I view the tea party people as a bunch of bitter old men, and contemptable old shrews. The have never been to a socilaist country, yet they are convinced that we are becoming communist. They spew out abstract words like liberal ( look up the definition of the word). But hey drama is fun.

    April 6, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Name ali

    Goodluck mr president i am looking forward to see you tonight

    April 6, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Namejoe

    It's funny how one side is just continuing to add to the debt and raise the spending while the other is trying to cut the wasteful spending...republicans stick to your guns and help the taxpayers who pay you..bye bye Obama..

    April 6, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Sandy

    I say sut it down, the debt is beyond control and I am appalled at those who appear to be blind to this fact. Representing the rich? Come on, find a better cliche. We are in this together and if things don't change soon we will become a third world nation.

    April 6, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Polly

    NVa Native,and why she did not do it in time?You do know, that budget was to be passed on October2010?What did Pelosy do that was so important that she forgot about it?

    April 6, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. should have been done already

    First I blame the demos, this budget should have been passed last year when they controlled both houses...... what were they doing all year when in control?

    Next I blame both parties for being babies. And why do they get a 3 week extension and then wait to the last 3 days to talk? Idiots, but I do favor more cuts then less, but compromise is better than stalemate.

    April 6, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Robert

    My wife and I both work for the Government and this will hurt us a lot! I'm all for cutting spending and using money wisely. I do believe in this country and of those that run it, but please run it more effectively/efficiently and please hurry on the budget. I have kids, bills and taxes too.

    April 6, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. NameMichael McVeigh

    Maybe they will all resign and do the country a favor

    April 6, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. DA Civilian

    Blame for this mess should be shared by both parties, however it should be noted that this current situation would not exist if the Democrats had just passed the FY11 budget when they controlled both houses last year. Currently this is just a pissing contest between the two parties where no one will win and honest hard working Federal Civilian Employees will suffer.

    April 6, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Name ken

    Hey I know how to solve the budget deficit. ....lets layoff 800,000 fedreal workers so they can sign up for unemployment!

    April 6, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Don

    Congress should be working for the middle class and working poor.The Rich have enough in their nest to take care of themselves.

    April 6, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Blogson

    If Boehner and the House Republicans have their way concerning the future of Medicare for seniors, it is virtually certain that they will lose the next election by a landslide even though many people are dissatisfied with the Democrats.

    April 6, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Ingi

    We need corrections and solutions else we will be another fallen 'empire' stop mismanaging money! Stop over paying reps and start educating our youth. I'm a 38 yr old and am scared for the future of our beautiful country.

    April 6, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. DOC

    By the way the military will not be getting paid that includes the ones who are currently deployed. Every political patry member on both sides from the president to the lowest state senator should have his or her pay cut by 75% they should lead by example but they are too greedy. But they can cut the military personnel's pay check

    April 6, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Bill

    Shut down the gov. And get rid..of 50 percent of the 800 k that the gov doesn;t need to run the country. Size down the gov. We should beashamed being 14 trillion In debt as a country. Stop spending we don;t have. Get rid of all the extra fed. Jobs that the president created since he as been In office.

    April 6, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Greed Over People that's what the GOP Stan’s for. John Boehner doesn’t care about the middle class tax payer; he only worries about the rich people that he works for and the TEA PARTTY Nazi’s that is giving him orders.

    April 6, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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