Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Countdown

After meetings with the President in the White House in the past two nights, and less than 16 hours left on the clock until the government shut down, and behind the scenes at the Capitol Thursday everyone wanted to ask the question is: "Do you think that the government will shut down?"

The man on the elevator, and women in the water cooler, in line at the restaurant for the sale of sandwiches and even tourists in the Capitol Visitor Center. Everybody wants to know whether the Government will close at 12:00 Saturday morning.

Throughout the day, he requested 'Jonathan Karl, and I died, some members of the Jaffee ranked higher than both the House and Senate, leading up to the rank of veteran and file members of both parties and neophytes tea party. It seemed a good guess as is the case in the next day.
"I would like to think that now it's too close to stop. I wish to avoid it," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, ABC News Thursday afternoon. "We have come 70 percent of the road as originally presented. Now any party that went to 70 percent of the way has made a long step toward an agreement."

But to blame all the criticism and their customers to unleash on the opposition, but that the President of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to put together the final touches on the deal, which colleagues can pass them and the signature of President Obama can be that the juice before you run out of the federal government for the night Friday.

On Wednesday, in an exclusive interview, Boehner said Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos that he did not want to see the government shut down. Boehner said he did not believe that Reid did not either.

"We're going to continue to conduct talks with our colleagues across the aisle, and I hope to be able to reach an agreement," said Boehner, a Republican from Ohio. "I've said this a thousand times since 1 this year. I do not want to shut down the government."

After a few hours, and Bonner and Reid at a meeting in the White House with Vice President Joe Biden and Obama, in an attempt to work out their differences.

And "fruitful" meeting that "narrowed the issues," followed, but not a deal. Each side promised to continue to negotiate throughout the night.

But after a meeting of non-productive employees without the two leaders, speaking on Reid on Thursday in the Senate floor, declaring that the negotiations had been deteriorating and he was not "nearly as optimistic" as it was when he left the White House the night before. There were numbers of them, but Reid said negotiators riders comment on policy - and one big: family planning funding.

"If this government to stop - and seems to be heading in this direction - it will be on the basis of my friends in the House of Representatives, and the leadership over there, with a focus on issues of ideology that are unrelated to the financing of this government and said," Reid, D-Nev. ,. "This is a sad day I think."

Although she was absent from the negotiations, which held the minority leader in the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, at 10:45 am press conference to reiterate 'opposition to the Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives the commercial register in the short term.

She asked whether the perception of Pelosi Democrats in the House of Representatives support the deal if abortion rider was not part of the equation.

"I appreciate that you said that this is what Senator Reid said. I do not know that this is the sum total of the policy that there are objections - in the political differences between those who are negotiating here," said Pelosi, D-California. "So far we have not seen anything that can be supported by Democrats in the House of Representatives, but we hope to reach the place where we can."

Conducted about 45 minutes later the Chairman of the House of Representatives John Boehner, the press this morning at the late conference so I asked him about the belief by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said negotiations deteriorating.

"We made some progress last night, or at least I think we did, but, as you know, when I see what the White House has to offer today, it's really more just the same, and we're going to cut real spending," said Boehner. "I do not know why some people do not understand about this subject."

"This is the first time that we were all in this environment," Bonner continued, "The first time we had a Republican majority to deal with this president, the first time we had a Republican majority in the Senate to deal with that." Boehner said. "There are certainly some time - it took us some time to get to know each other and work our way through this, because - we understand that this process which we are unlikely to be repeated several times this year. I think that everyone is taking their time, in an attempt to get this right. "

He concluded his press conference, Boehner and President Obama has already had the fencing duo return to the White House for a meeting the evening.

But before the meeting, the House of Representatives voted to pass another CR in the short term, which cuts $ 12 billion and funds the Pentagon until the end of the fiscal year.

Reed was already called the bill "is the author of" in the Senate and the bill is unlikely to come to the floor for a vote there. Obama also threatened to veto the bill.

Thursday night, and began the meeting after 08:00. President Obama went when I did, to the White House briefing room and announced that he had another productive meeting, and narrowing the issues, but no agreement is reached.

Boehner and Reid issued a joint statement in the 28 - word:

"We have narrowed these issues, however, have not yet reached agreement. We will continue to work through the night to try to resolve the remaining differences to us."

According to Assistant Republican leadership, the sticking points preventing a final agreement Boehner holding out for the greatest number of spending cuts and riders cling to policies, including family planning and a ban federal funding.

Early Friday morning, Assistant admitted that it is not consideration of outstanding issues on the policy and riders as far as numbers go, "everything above the $ 33 billion is to win."

Staff from all parties involved in the negotiations, met in the early hours of Friday morning and the difference is due to report to the President later this morning.