Boehner Actively Trying to Come Up with a Plan, Reid Only Criticizing
After a morning meeting at the White House and an evening meeting at the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was “disappointed in the status of negotiations with my Republican colleagues.”
Congressional leaders began negotiations amongst themselves and without President Obama on Saturday, after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was discontinuing talks with the White House.
Boehner and Reid, along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), met for or just under an hour in Boehner’s office late Saturday, trying to forge an agreement to slash government spending and raise the debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline.
There were some signs of progress in the negotiations, and Boehner told House Republicans he hoped to have a plan ready by Sunday afternoon.