Budget Meeting Fails to Avert Shutdown

Shutdown would be 'inexcusable,' Obama says after talks with Reid, Boehner
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 11:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama emerged from a late-night meeting with John Boehner and Harry Reid Wednesday with no deal to avert a government shutdown. The president told reporters, however, that the 90-minute talk had helped to "narrow the issues" and he's still confident that a deal can be forged before the deadline, the New York Times reports. "But it’s going to require a sufficient sense of urgency from all parties involved," he said.

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"It would be inexcusable, given the relatively narrow differences when it comes to numbers between the two parties, that we can’t get this done," Obama said, warning that a shutdown would have "real consequences for real people." Boehner and Reid, in a rare joint appearance before the press, both told reporters that the discussion had been "honest" and progress had been made. Click to read about the possible consquences of a government shutdown, which will happen at midnight Friday if no deal is reached. (Read more John Boehner stories.)

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