Government shutdown looms as budget talks heat up
Updated: April 5, 2011 - 06:32 pm
A high stakes game of deal or no deal is taking center stage in Washington as a potential government shutdown is now just three days away.
A morning meeting between President Obama and Republicans ended without compromise – just increasingly frustrated rhetoric from both sides.
“We are not going to allow the senate or the White House to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
Obama, however, said it would be “inexcusable” not to take are of last year’s business.
“We have now matched the number the Speaker originally sought, the only question is will politics and ideology get in the way of preventing a government shutdown?” the president said.
But Republicans want more cuts – perhaps a total of $100 billion including abortion and cuts at the Environment Protection Agency.
Voters Tuesday had a clear message: Fix the budget and no more political fighting.
“All of our elected officials ought to be able to fix it quickly and stop all the political garbage that they're doing,” said Joan Haagenson.
And another budget battle is looming as House Republicans unveiled their budget for next year, proposing $6.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years.
“Our goal here is to leave our children and grandchildren with a debt free nation,” said Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis).
But Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, took issue with Ryan’s statement.
“It is dressed up in a lot of nice sounding rhetoric about reform, but in fact it is the same tired old playbook,” Van Hollen said.
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