Talks between President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not result in a compromise on the budget, but the happy group will reconvene at 7:00 pm to try to nail one down.
Boehner and Reid appeared briefly at the microphones at the White House to call for flexibility and suggest that a government shutdown would horrible for everyone for everyone and blah blah blah blah blah.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today evinced greater optimism that Boehner and Reid about the prospects for a deal. Carney rolled out budget official Jeff Zients at the start of the briefing to detail the various calamities that would ensue were the government to shut down, with clear message that it would all be due to political games being played by Republicans.
POLITICO is reporting that Boehner’s number for cuts is at about $39 billion, while the Dems and the White House are offering $34-$35 billion. But differences also remain over the assumptions undergirding those numbers and policy issues that Republicans want to attach to the budget deal.