Government shutdown avoided? GOP reviewing latest offer - Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
The threat of a government shutdown diminished late Friday night after White House and congressional negotiators reached agreement on controversial policy riders in the stalled government funding measure, and closed in on a final compromise on cuts approaching $40 billion. In a critical late night session, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) laid the details to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors, saying “this is the best deal we could get out of them,” according to a GOP lawmaker. To bridge the gap for the next few days, Boehner is also asking for a five-to-six day continuing resolution to keep the government funded, with $3 billion in cuts.