Endgame – Significant cuts, no distraction from the Paul Ryan proposal, and an up or down vote on repealing Obamacare in the Senate. Worth it?
11:15 – Mitch McConnell took to the floor. Says moving on from saving billions to saving trillions.
11:10 – Harry took to the floor of the Senate to mumble through something or other.
11:05 – Obama statement. Looked like reading a teleprompter, with the Washington Monument in the backdrop. Gave a campaign speech. Really a poor performance, a complete phony photo-op. Acted as if it was his doing that there will be big spending cuts. Even threw into the speech a story about a school trip to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which will not have to be cancelled.
10:55 – Boehner says agreement. Short term continuing resolution to allow agreement to be put into legislation. Did not give any details.
10:50 – Fox News reporting deal in the works, 39-40b in cuts, no PP rider, short term “stop gap” 4-5 days to give time for broader bill. Will be separate stand alone vote on cutting funding to PP (which of course would be a charade because even if the Senate passed it, Obama would veto it.)
10:45 – talk of a 5-6 day deal but not confirmed or any details.
10:30 EDT – Still no deal announced.
What actually would need to be shut, as opposed to what will be shut for publicity sake?
Just received this e-mail from the New Hampshire federal court:
With budget negotiations continuing in Congress, there have been numerous media accounts of a possible government shutdown as of midnight on April 9, 2011. Please note that a government shutdown, if one occurs, will not immediately affect federal judicial operations in New Hampshire. In accordance with regulations promulgated by the U.S. Judicial Conference, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, including the Probation Office and the Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, will continue to be fully operational on and after April 9, 2011, until further notice.
So court will be open on Monday, regardless.
Updates to follow.