April 6, 2011
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, of Va., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday after meeting to work on a budget deal and avoid a government shutdown.
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House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and avert a threatened government default, sending already uncertain compromise efforts into instant crisis.
The Senate’s second ranking Democrat said Wednesday that negotiators on the budget are making progress but that conservative GOP policy prescriptions remain obstacles as they scramble to avert a government shutdown this weekend.