Reid: Congress close to a budget agreement
April 7th, 2011
10:25 AM ET
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Reid: Congress close to a budget agreement

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Thursday that Democrats and Republicans are extremely close to an agreement on the overall spending cut numbers. But Republicans, he said, are preventing a deal by insisting on including provisions relating to abortion and environmental protection.

As a result, he said, "I am not nearly as optimistic as I was" Wednesday night that a compromise can be reached.

Reid called the House GOP's plan to pass a one-week government funding bill that cuts $12 billion a "non-starter."


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid
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  1. Michael tampa

    here we go again, what the hell does abortion have to do with budget cuts.

    April 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    When Sen. Reid and Bonehead came out last night for there 1:30 press conference, they sure looked like the President chewed BOTH of them out.

    April 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. tmemeemee

    it is so nice that congress weill be paying them selves but the military will get only one week .... shame on you all. my husband is retired navy and now is a civil servent what about people like us will we get payed or will we be telling the bill collectors sorry the congress chose to pay them selves and the anerican people anr just out in the air to sink..

    April 7, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. terry,va

    Obummie finally crawls out from under his desk 2 days ago and starts pointing fingers for the budget not to be passed. Let me remind Obummie that the budget should have been in place before last October. Obummie you had super majorities in both the congress and senate. Obummie, you couldn't run a lemonade stand.

    April 7, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Reid called the House GOP's plan to pass a one-week government funding bill that cuts $12 billion a "non-starter."
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    Harry Reid will fight getting federal government spending under control with every bit of energy he can muster.

    April 7, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Reid called the House GOP's plan to pass a one-week government funding bill that cuts $12 billion a "non-starter."

    Just as it should be, otw, the GOP will keep financing the government on a weekly basis and each week insist on more of the cuts that are being made against working poor and middle America so the GOP can make up the 1 trillion dollar deficit in tax cuts they insisted on at the end of 2010.

    Last time it was 6 billion for 2 weeks this time they want 12 billion for 1 week.

    I believe it is called black mail when you hold 300 million people hostage to get monetary gain and pass your "purity" agenda by holding anti-abortion legislature as "payment" to pass a bill.

    But then this is the GOP we are dealing with and we can now add blackmail and elderly genocide to those GOP "christian family values"!

    April 7, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. obama retoric

    Shut It Down !

    April 7, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Biggge

    Why are the GOP tring to put provisions relating to abortion and environmental protection in the bill. I thought this was a spending bill.. They just can't keep there hands out of the wealthy pocket.....Bohner don't walk to close behind the Tea Party, U might get something on your nose....LOL

    April 7, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Howard

    Dear Mr. Boehner please hold your ground and keep your resolve. You are standing up for what's RIGHT !!! To save America, we must stop the irresponsible democrats from their out of control spending.
    In spite of Obama's undeserved popularity, millions and millions of Americans are supporting you !!!

    April 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |