‘Good’ not great: No deal as Boehner talks to Obama about shutdown

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      Jonathan Strong

      Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.

Democratic President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have not reached an agreement on a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the year according to a statement from Boehner’s office.

“While there was a good discussion, no agreement was reached,” the statement says.

A three-week spending bill expires April 8 at which point the government will shut down.

Republicans are pushing for $61 billion in cuts while Democrats are pushing for $33 billion in cuts, however, the shape of those cuts is different and Republicans object to the Democrats’ proposed cuts as “budget gimmicks.”

Also at issue are a series of policy “riders” that restrict big swaths of the president’s domestic agenda, including Obamacare and EPA regulations.

Republicans are sitting on a one-week spending bill to allow more time to negotiate but haven’t decided whether they will bring it to the House floor. That bill would cut another $12 billion on top of $10 billion in cuts in two short-term spending bills already passed to give top party leaders time to work out a deal.

Boehner also tweeted at about 11:30 a.m., “It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts.” The meeting with Obama was scheduled for 10:15 a.m.

Update: A spokesman for Boehner says the pessimistic tweet was “not in response” to the meeting at the White House.