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. fran

    The only way for the problem to be fixed is to learn from our mistakes not repeat them...when the government can do that then ill have faith in them...or maybe Obama should worry about fixing his countries problems not everyone else's.

    April 6, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Oregon Jim

    Nothing but radical nonsense is coming from the republican party these days. Their motto has become "Cater to the rich and screw everyone else." I am completely disappointed by their recent behavior and vow to never cast another vote for a republican.

    April 6, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. sunsudo

    they should have done this way back in 2010 before the start of the year. I want a bill to hold these people accountable for NOT doing their job

    April 6, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Ron from PA

    As a federal worker who will be impacted as I will be working with a shorthanded staff during this furlough who is not guaranteed when and if we will get paid. This all could have been avoided if the DEMS passed the FY11 budget during the 9months they controlled both houses. Makes you wonder what is in their budget that they were afraid to pass prior to the November elections this past year.

    April 6, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Just_Me

    @NVa Native: Please...Pelosi was in charge for the beginning of this mess with the Dems in control of BOTH Houses and she still didn't get a budget passed. This is the first time not one funding bill has been passed...I'm not a Boehner acolyte either; Just fed up with the shenanigans of all so-called parties...

    April 6, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Jesse

    Shut it down!!!

    April 6, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. CsC

    We need a true independent party and then we wouldn't even be having this problem!!! A third party is what america needs and not the Tea Party!

    April 6, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Afolabi

    Its 1995 all over again. The replublicans and their followers are delusional and plain naïve. If you are serious of budget cut,start by abolishing tax cut for the big corporations and rich

    April 6, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. B

    The Republicans are cheering for a shutdown and if it happens, will blame Obama again. This is their whole strategy and has not changed. They will even shut down the government in an attempt to sabotage the presidents goals.

    Arrogant and mean- spirited.

    April 6, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Duke13

    Recycle Congress in 2012!

    April 6, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Bill

    Whats the big deal with john bohner being rich . He is trying to get the country out of debt and stop the spending of money we don;t have.

    April 6, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. End the Fed

    Finally we can get these Anunnaki controleld Fruitloops out of enslaving us, and lets get some humans in there for the first time since Kennedy! No more Greys!!! No more reptilians!

    April 6, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. DoubleWhammy

    For some of us folks on the Gov employee side of the house that are facing this shutdown it's a double-whammy. Many, like myself, have an active duty spouse deployed in a war zone, or an active duty spouse. They are talking about only paying them up to the 8th of April in consideration of this shut-down. That would mean no income coming in for many military families, and of whom do not have a working spouse. Who will be there to assist them when they can't pay bills, then they are subjected to higher interest rates, late fees, etc. that they can't recover from? Also a large portion of these families are on food stamps and welfare which is a shame in and of itself for our country to underpay our soldiers. Does food stamps, WIC, and welfare stop too? Is there ANYONE thinking of the ramifications of this all? How is it that a GOV employee CANNOT, in the name of selfless service, at least volunteer to go ahead and go to work when they know their workload will fall behind and they WANT to do this to keep things moving along for the benefit of the country, but yet they can't because it is considered "volunteer work and an Anti-Deficiency Act Violation? But then expect our soldiers, some in war zones, to continue pushing along while their pay is in limbo, and that NOT be considered Anti-Deficient?

    April 6, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. amarjit

    John Boehner of GOP House leader as well Michele Buchman of Tea Party may have got the votes in last election but with their strategy to handling responsible assignment & trust of people is letting down confidence of people of America. Election is a trust for nation not a political gain on one's personal accomplishment. With their present attitude & shut down determination, GOP as well Tea party members will not get any vote & will witness loss of what they scored in last election. Public observation is always great & act silently. It is therefore wise to reach at a rational & reasonable compromise on spending cut & dropping of special projects & avoid shut down of Govt. & overseas operations in current economic scenario. Leadership is not a deadlock; it is finding right solutions to national problems keeping in view the right commitments to national cause. Shut down is a layman act not a responsible, political & leadership act in a democracy.

    April 6, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. LS

    John Boehner doesn't represent anything or anyone but himself. Nancy Pelosi was a far better Congresswoman than he is. She would have at least worked to solving the problem. He wouldn't have a clue what its like for federal employees who live pay check to pay check.

    April 6, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. Ken

    The American unfortunately have been put to sleep. The GOP has made an art of words. They talk about privitizing medicare and giving corporate america tax breaks so they can produce jobs and people believe. Well dream can be great, but hard cold facts are always better. We keep losing jobs because they don't produce here. Their jobs are going oversea and if they can ovoid paying their share social security and workmans comp and get a tax break (they now pay less than they did in the 50's then why not it's a fair trade for the GOP I give tax cuts and you ship your jobs over the pond to India, China, etc. You then get bigger profit and give the GOP give some of that GOP as political coptributions and we legislate away unions. Fair wages, health care for elderly and medicaid for the children and disabled and the wealth shall become the plantation owner again.
    The internet and the available information is ther to teach. LEARN. Tell me what the GOP has done for you today. Bush tax cut for the rich? I mean the commoner like most of us.

    April 6, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    If the Government shuts down, it will go down in history that the Republicans betrayed the American people in their time of time to achieve their own political and economic agendas.

    April 6, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Kathy

    The older I get, 58, and the more years of politics I watch have now convinced me Republicans are precariously close to traitors. Keeping oil company subsidies and cutting back pell grants, among many other things, seems greedy and evil to the core. Come on people, this is our country, not corporations or just the Tea Party lunatics. It is time to draw a line in the sand and demand Congress work for AMERICANS.

    April 6, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Robin

    Some of us are devoted to help protect and serve, I am a government employee, my husband is a government employee, and my son, his wife (they have 1 child) also serve in the military. Easy for them to say you have to go to work but you won't get paid after the 8th. Who should we all send our bills to, and could you please provide me at least a credit card to charge our gas to so that I can protect and serve the government by getting to work??? Sounds simple to some, but those of us in the military unfortunately still live paycheck to paycheck so what should we eat? Are the soup kitchens going to serve us a nutritional meal? We received zero cost of living raise, everyone from Senate, Congress and House of REpresentatives needs to put your big girl/boy pants on and somehow agree. You are suppose to serve for the "people" NOT for yourselves.....

    April 6, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Angela

    How pathetic that our men and women are fighting overseas for this country and yet these people cannot even make sure they will get paid on time. It is bad enough these troops are getting shot at and attacked and now they have to worry whether or not their spouse and children will be able to buy groceries in a week. These people need to man up, sit in the same room and not come out until a deal is reached so we can ensure the troops are getting the paycheck they risk their lives for. Our troops are protecting Americans and the government- so why isn't the government protecting them??

    April 6, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Shan

    This is shame....we elected these people to do nothing...the their going to let the government shut down to just prove a point. I guess when ny bill are do ....I can just let them know I am a government worker. Not all government worker make the big bucks...some of us are just trying to get by.

    April 6, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Steve

    Exercise your voting rights and vote all the Republicans and Tea Party members out of office. They have no one's best interest at heart other then their own. March on Washington and take our Government back!

    April 6, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Jason

    We do need to gradually reduce the budget and shrink entitlements significantly, but we shouldn't punish the 800,000 govt workers and their families. Show some compassion for your fellow Americans. These people have families!

    April 6, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Randy

    The White House, Senate and House should lose their salaries during a shut down. Not that it's a big deal... there were many shutdowns during Carter, Reagan, HW Bush and Clinton. It's just been awhile. We'll get through it just fine and maybe the gov't will start spending a bit less of my money.

    April 6, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. kevin

    THIS IS STUPID!!! Who cares how much they spend in the next five months. We need medium-term and long-term fiscal reform, not this short-term nitpicking that is a drop in the bucket either way. At the end of every single day, they simply wasted time by not debating and acting for the strategic future of America.

    April 6, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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