Obama to Budget Negotiators: 'Act Like Grownups'

John Boehner, Harry Reid will meet later today
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 2:07 PM CDT
President Obama talks about the budget Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama sounded like an impatient parent today as the threat of a government shutdown grew larger. Admonishing lawmakers to "act like grownups," the president said John Boehner and Harry Reid would meet again later this afternoon, reports Politico. If nothing comes of it, Obama said he'll order them back at it again tomorrow.

"We are closer than we have ever been to an agreement," said Obama. "There is no reason why we should not get an agreement." Boehner spoke immediately afterward, notes AP, and said Republicans would continue to "fight for the largest cuts possible." It's possible another stopgap spending measure can keep government open if no deal is in place by Friday, but the president said he will accept one only if it's good for just two or three days.

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