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.
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 screenings
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.