Boehner, Reid Tweets Show Disagreement on the Disagreement

BY News Desk  April 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM EST

As the Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid told Jim Lehrer on the NewsHour Thursday night, the two sides in the high-stakes budget debate can’t even agree on what they disagree about, in public at least.

And after late night negotiations between aides for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, both sides are apparently still unable to agree on which disagreement might force a government shutdown at midnight.

Boehner tweeted Friday morning that the disagreement was over the level of spending cuts.


The reason no agreement has been reached in bipartisan budget talks: spending & the need for substantial spending reductions.less than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply


Just moments earlier, Reid had tweeted a completely different message: they are fighting over whether or not a budget agreement would strip funding from women’s health centers that provide abortions.


Only sticking point left is extreme measure that would cut off funding 2 women’s health centers that provide services like cancer screeningsless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


There is sure to be a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill Friday as the shutdown deadline looms. With the deadline hours away, both sides can’t seem to agree on what the disagreement is.