Budget Deal Was Struck Last Night; Republicans Slept On It And Backed Out Over Abortions
Senate Leader Harry Reid says they had a deal last night, but at 4am Republicans backed out, reports Greg Sargent.
Jon Summers, a spokesman for Reid, repeated to me that there was, in fact a deal. “Boehner, Obama, Reid, Biden — they made an agreement during the meeting at the White House last night to cut $78 billion,” Summers said, referring to the original $40 billion difference between 2011 and 2012 spending levels plus the $38 billion in cuts now in dispute.
“Everything was worked out — the final thing they had to deal with was Title X,” Summers continued, in a reference to the dispute over family planning funding. “They then decided to go home and get a couple hours rest.”
Republicans deny this story, saying it’s all about spending. But spending on what? The numbers don’t seem to be an issue. It has to be boiled down to ideology. And that ideology is all about abortion.Click here for reuse options!
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