No Sign of Compromise

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 3:19pm

Government braces for shutdown as Congress fails to reach budget deal.

There's still no budget deal between Democrats and Republicans to prevent a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The fight is not just over dollars and cents.

It's now also over abortion.

Pro-abortion rights activists rallied at the capitol Thursday.

The House passed a stop-gap to run government another week and fund the military until next fiscal year, but the Republican bill would block funding for Planned Parenthood.

Senate Democrats vowed to defeat the House move.

"I am really stunned and I am angry as a woman," said Senator Patty Murray.

"The Tea Party's trying to push through it's extreme agenda, issues that have nothing, nothing, nothing to do with funding government," complained Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Tea Party insists liberals are to blame.

"Liberals in the Senate are threatening to shut down the government because they wanna continue to borrow money from China to underwrite the largest abortion provider in America," Indiana Congressman Mike Pence told supporters at a rally on Capitol Hill.

President Obama again called in Reid and House Speaker Boehner, but again got no deal.

"There is no agreement on a number. There is no agreement on the policy issues that are contained with this," Boehner said afterward.

"Unless we work something out the government will shut down," Reid warned.

800,000 federal workers would be laid off and hundreds of federal services suspended.

President Obama has called Boehner and Reid back to the White House tonight for more talks.

Comments News Comments

Post new Comment