Latest White House huddle fails to yield budget deal; shutdown nears
April 7th, 2011
10:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Latest White House huddle fails to yield budget deal; shutdown nears

Washington (CNN) - A fourth White House meeting in 48 hours between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a spending plan for the rest of the current fiscal year, increasing chances for a partial government shutdown to begin in a little more than 24 hours.

The talks involving Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, ended less than an hour after starting.


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • John Boehner • President Obama
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  1. Howard

    I think the American people are fed up with the irresponsible trillion dollar spending that has put our country in obscene debt. The only transparency that exists regarding Obama, is that the public can see through his ridiculous 11th hour attempt to blackmail the Republicans into passing his huge, pork laden budget, or the government will shut down. It's also a travesty that Obama would veto a measure to insure our troops get paid, even if the rest of government shuts down on Friday !!!

    April 7, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. gretcen

    What are they thinking, and doing congress your letting all down, we as americans counted on you to do your job.Then if you can not come up with stuff to cut, then I have ideas. !.cut your free help care,cut your wages,any thing else you need to.Now that you can not get your act together , now all this going on beside the full time job Im working looks like I have to get a part time or a full time job.As a mom Im worried for my boys I have one over seas an now he's not getting paid fighting for all of us and mostly you. So you can go home to a nice house, nice cars any thing else you have, (your selfish) your safe in your homes.Let you know I've can cut things at home so much at home, my health is not the greatest, but as a mom I do what I have to do (IM MOM).my job is never done.

    April 7, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. one voice

    There was only one IDIOT in the room and that would be the WEEPER OF THE HOUSE. Why is it ALWAYS Republican that screws over the American Taxpayer. These GOP Corporate Shills should be BANNED FROM POLITICS. PERIOD!!!

    April 8, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  4. No tea please

    Don't give in Mr. President, the democrats have conceded enough. This government shut down will be the end of the GOP/TEA.
    And to CNN, your organization must be linked with the TEA party because you spend incredible amount of hours covering the TEA party agenda. I did not see ENOUGH coverage of the union battle. Makes me wonder what side your network is in. It is so apparent.

    April 8, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear All,
    First lets not worry who is to blame for a shut down who the hell really cares as it is damaging to the majority of US citizens but for those searching for an answer to that question lets give a few political facts.
    1) Health care passed the House and Senate it is not per se a 2010 or 2011 budget issue. But Republicans put defunding it in this 2011 budget debate. The president already said such and idea would be vetoed.
    2) All the pundits and economists said cutting $100bn from discretionary spending alone was the definition of the impossible and economically damaging.
    3) Republicans want to defund Planned parenthood and PBS the amounts are peanuts so tell me guys why this is about budgets and not pure totally unadulterated Republican ideology... and where are the checks and balances on that crap !! Answer Harry Reid and the Presidential veto.
    4) The quick fix is to take back Oil company tax breaks and you get a huge whammy compared with the current $6-7bn argument, including things it was clear months ago the President would veto , education and Pollution stuff plus others.
    The presidential veto is an unbreachable barrier grow up $6-8bn is a joke get onto the 2012 budget per Ryan and the presidents deficit commission and try reconciling that uch more relevant important to both sides!!
    Guest 5

    April 8, 2011 04:37 am at 4:37 am |