Congressional leaders review draft budget agreement that would avert shutdown
Congressional leaders are reviewing the final language of an agreement that would avert a federal government shutdown, yielding more spending cuts for Republicans but also a key concession on an issue related to abortion rights, Capitol Hill aides in both parties said Friday night.
If agreed to, the total amount of spending cuts for 2011 would exceed the $37 billion that Democrats had agreed to Thursday night, but would fall short of the $40 billion sought by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), aides said, requesting anonymity to discuss the emerging framework.
While winning additional spending reductions, Republicans have relented on their effort to attach a policy prescription to the legislation that would either eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood or even the compromise plan that would deal with women’s health centers.
The details of that compromise were still being clarified. One previous offer from Repubilcans was to allow the House to vote on the issue, where its strong anti-abortion tilt would likely mean it would pass, and then have a vote in the Senate, where the Democratic majority would be expected to defeat the amendment.
The two sides must reach a deal before midnight, when the federal government will run out of money and cease operations.