Washington (CNN) – After returning to the White House from a trip to Pennsylvania and New York, President Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday night to "help them bridge the narrow, but important gaps that remain," said a White House official.
Earlier in the day, the president had received a more optimistic assessment on the negotiations after speaking by phone with Boehner and Reid, according to the official.
"They told him that they were making progress and did not need him to get involved," the official said.
Even so, the official added that "the White House team has been monitoring the situation" all day.
Traveling with the president, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama concluded "not enough progress has been made," according to a pool report.
Another source familiar with the situation was more blunt: "There was almost no progress made today."
It also didn't go unnoticed that one Republican "attacked the president for going out of town, when he didn't want to meet in the first place," the source said.
The swipe came from House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.
As he appeared with Boehner and other Republican leaders at a Capitol Hill press conference to offer up another short-term continuing resolution, Hensarling said, "The President of the United States has just said the least we can do is pass a budget, and then went to Pennsylvania, apparently to work on his campaign budget."
With both sides pointing fingers, the scene is set for another Oval Office meeting. It's scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET.
If no agreement is reached, the federal government will shut down Friday.
'There wouldn't be a meeting if it wasn't a necessary step at this stage in the process," said the source familiar with the talks.
"They've just sat on the sidelines taking potshots at everything Republicans have proposed while rooting for a shutdown," said McConnell.
Now, where have I heard that complaint before?
...and the gaps are that the Democrats want to spend more non-existant tax dollars and the Republicans want to spend less. What I don't hear is Democrats making their case. I only hear Democrats making personal attacks on Republicans. Case in point: Harry Reid trying to tie in the Tea Party. What you will not hear from Harry Reid is a good case for spending more money and why he feels he has to do that.
So let me think this through, the government shuts down.
Now, how would I view this shut down if I were a group of terrorists, say as in Iraq?
Probably as a very good opportunity to strike
That would accomplish the GOP agenda for "America to fail"!!
The government is NOT shutting down – it's all a game and both sides are playing it!!!
Many state that President Obama is WEAK and should take the LEAD!! What Lead? Both sides need to GET ALONG and that was always President Obama's lingo... change how Washington do business!!!
Just think about it, they had every opportunity to pass something last year. Had the House, Senate, and White House. Now they just want to blame Republicans for their mistakes. We have all had to make cuts in our personal budgets because of their reckless spending. Quit putting the blame on Republicans and try and focus on what a massive debt this Administration has forced on all Tax-Paying Americans. Worried about your "Entitlements"? Try working for them.
I think we should talk about cutting the tax breaks for the FILTHY RICH, Billion dollar Corporation, OIL COMPANIES and WALLSTREET BANKSTERS, PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
We wouldn't be in this mess if the Supreme Court hadn't handed the Presidency to "Jarge Dubya" in Nov. 2000. Al Gore NEVER would have cut taxes for millionares and/or wasted a TRILLION dollars invading and occupying a country that had absolutely NOTHING to do with 9/11. I think the so-called "Bush 5" deserve a good part of the blame for our current situation. If Al Gore would have been President from 2001-2009, we NEVER would have been in this mess...PERIOD!
feel the pain that America is having under the reignof obama, SHUT IT DOWN, Impeach Obama for lack of leadership