Federal budget two-step

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night that Republicans and Democrats were close to a deal on a current-year budget that would avert an April 6 government shutdown.

Not so fast, responded House Speakler John Boehner on Thursday. That plan, to cut $33 billion from the federal budget, is not a done deal.

In addition to the actual amount to be cut, there is still much negotiation needed over things such as federal funds for Planned Parenthood and EPA authority to regulate climate gases, he said.

The partisan dance on the budget continues, one step forward and two in reverse.

But it appears that leaders of both parties want to get something passed on the budget soon, even as they’re careful to placate the fringes of both parties by not conceding too much.


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