Reid says budget talks stymied by GOP policy provisions

Congressional negotiators working through the night failed to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year as their talks foundered over two Republican policy provisions on abortion and the environment, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown beginning this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Apr 7, 2011 - 9:21 AM PDT
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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Apr. 7, 2011

This article brings more information about problems to agree and pass the yearly budget.

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Don Bertschman
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by Don Bertschman - Apr. 7, 2011
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by Jon Mitchell - Apr. 7, 2011
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William Hughes-Games
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by William Hughes-Games - Apr. 9, 2011

Pretty hard to make a story like this into bad journalism. Just reporting the facts

I wonder if Mr average American will even notice that the government is not in session. Clearly, the salaries of the congress men and the senators should stop and not be repaid retroactively. That would focus their attention. Great way to save money for more important things (than government) like health care for the people they have put out of work by their lack of regulation of the banks and investment companies. How much money could be diverted if the congress and senate was ... More »

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Roland F. Hirsch
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Apr. 7, 2011

This amounts to a Democratic National Committee press release and thus has modest journalistic merit. Almost all of the quotes are of Democrats. Nowhere is it stated that the fault for the current situation is entirely that of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, who should have passed the Appropriations bills 8 months ago. That fact is left out by the DNC staffer who wrote this, as is the fact that it is a "partial shutdown of selected functions of certain parts of the Federal government" that might happen. Most functions will continue without any lapse.

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