Obama met with Congress again. They failed to come up with an agreement again. According to Boehner, both sides had drifted further away from each other today.
Apparently, there was a new sticking point. The Republicans wanted to bar the government from funding Planned Parenthood. The Democrats objected to this idea. Some were incredulous.
“It’s hard to believe that they’re going to shut down the government because they can’t get a vote on family planning and Planned Parenthood,” said Dick Durbin. “Honest to goodness, was that what the last election was about?”
The Planned Parenthood issue, however, was not the only problem.
“There are far more than the one provision that is holding up any agreement, I can tell you that,” said Boehner.
“I’m not very optimistic,” said Harry Reid.