Friday, April 8, 2011

Obama hopes to avoid the standoff on the budget with the republicans

Barack Obama hopes that a new night of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats will lead Friday over an agreement covering the fiscal year end 2011 - 30 September - in extremis to avoid a paralysis of public services to states USA. The U.S. president has again received Thursday night at the White House the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, and the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Harry Reid.

It was their fourth meeting in three days. The two MPs reported that their views were closer but the differences were not fully lifted. Both sides will continue negotiations during the night. Because of budget for the balance of the year, the administration and its non-essential services will be paralyzed from Friday at midnight (Saturday 6:00), synonymous with a suspension of 800,000 federal employees.

National parks will close, visas are not issued and the tax forms being processed. Obama warned against the consequences on the U.S. economy, which is just recovering from the worst crisis since the 1930s. "There remain some outstanding issues. These are difficult questions. They are important for both sides so I am not prepared to exercise unbridled optimism but I think we've progressed from yesterday "said Barack Obama.

The president stressed the "enormous impact" would have suspended services on the state's economic recovery and the lives of millions of Americans. "My hope is (...) to be able to announce early (Friday) to the American people that paralysis was avoided, that an agreement has been reached," he said.

In a joint statement, Harry Reid and John Boehner for their part said: "We have reduced the number of problems, however, we're still not reached an agreement. We will continue to work overnight to try to resolve our last points of disagreement. " Over the entire fiscal year, the Republicans would like to reduce spending $ 61 billion, but could review their applications down despite pressure from ultra-conservatives of the "tea party" who are demanding deeper cuts.

The Democrats are willing to agree to reduce spending by at least 33 billion for the remainder of the year. Democrats blamed the blockage in the willingness of Republicans to cut funding for birth control and efforts to protect the environment. John Boehner, however, stressed that the problems were not confined to these two points.

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