Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “said Thursday that Democrats and Republicans are extremely close to an agreement on the overall spending cut numbers” needed to complete a budget for the rest of this fiscal year, CNN reports.
But Republicans, he said, are preventing a deal by insisting on including provisions relating to abortion and environmental protection.
As a result, he said, "I am not nearly as optimistic as I was" Wednesday night that a compromise can be reached.
Reid called the House GOP’s plan to pass a one-week government funding bill that cuts $12 billion a "non-starter."
According to The Hill, House Republicans “will push ahead [with] a measure to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in Washington, D.C. in their bill to extend government funding for another week.”
The legislation would also “guarantee funding for the Department of Defense for the rest of this year.”
Meanwhile, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defended today “the House GOP’s decision to take up a one-week government funding bill that includes provisions related to abortion.”
Those provisions, he insisted, have been included before in appropriations bills and approved by members of the Democratic leadership.
Democrats "have done nothing to prevent" a shutdown, McConnell said. As a result, he said, they have two choices: pass the GOP’s one-week bill – which cuts spending by an additional $12 billion – or shut down the government.