Finally, someone has stood up to the GOP and their war on women!
A deadline looming, the Congress’ top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder “for women to get cancer screenings.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his attack as his main antagonist in long-running negotiations, Speaker John Boehner, said spending cuts — not social issues– were blocking agreement to prevent a shutdown at midnight.
“Most of the policy issues have been dealt with and the big fight is about spending,” Boehner said Friday afternoon.
The maneuvering unfolded as President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Indianapolis and spoke in separate phone calls with Reid and Boehner.
“Discussions between the leaders and the White House aimed at reaching a budget agreement are continuing,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement.
“I assure you, these are not unresolvable issues,” added Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Obama, Reid and Boehner met at the White House on Thursday evening for the third time in two days, and their aides struggled without success to reach agreement in middle-of-the-night talks in the Capitol.
For a nation eager to trim to federal spending but also weary of Washington bickering, the spending showdown had real implications.
A closure would mean the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers and the services they provide, from processing many tax refunds to approving business loans. Medical research would be disrupted, national parks would close and most travel visa and passport services would stop, among many others.
HuffPost’s Elyse Siegel reports:
With a government shutdown looming, leaders in the Tea Party community urged House Speaker John Boehner not to cave and agree to a budget compromise with Democrats that contains anything less than $61 billion in spending cuts.
Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Debbie Dooley said if Boehner agrees to a deal that fails to meet that threshold, then the Republican party “will have broken their campaign promise,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The suggestion was presumably made in reference to a “Pledge to America” released by congressional Republicans last year outlining plans to reduce government spending.
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- Time’s up: Obama and GOP Scramble to Halt Shutdown (abcnews.go.com)
- US’s Reid, Boehner Exchange Blame For Cause of Budget Impasse (forexlive.com)
- Reid Says Boehner Doesn’t Want Deal (politicalwire.com)
- Time’s up: shutdown looms without agreement (ajc.com)
- Reid says GOP threatening shutdown over family planning funding, Boehner avoids talking specifics (dailykos.com)