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April 5th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

Obama intervening in budget battle 'better late than never'

The budget battle continues in Washington today with only a few days left for Congress to come to an agreement on the 2011 federal budget. If a deal is not reached by Friday at midnight, part of the government will shut down. President Obama has called a White House meeting Tuesday for Congressional leaders to try to reach a deal and avoid the shutdown.

So, how close is Congress to closing a deal? Today on American Morning, AM’s Christine Romans talks with Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a member of the GOP leadership involved with negotiations.

Hensarling tells AM that Obama stepping in is "better late than never." But, he says, not having a Senate bill is a problem. "I'm afraid the Senate probably wants to have a shutdown. They think it's in their political best interest."

For the full interview, watch here:


Filed under: Budget • GOP • Politics
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  1. Stephen Jackson

    Christine Roman does not appear to be listening to her guest, Rep. Jeb Hensaring. She emphatically asked if the Republicans were willing to shut down the government after he told her that the House has passed a budget that would keep the government running and it was the Senate that has not acted (put anything on the table to consider). She should ask that question to a Democratic Senator. Are they willing to shut down the government and why have they not passed their proposal for the budget. If they passed a Senate budget, the differences would be worked out in committee. Yes, this is simple civics.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am |