- Republicans said the principal hang-up in the negotiations centered on the size of the spending cuts to be included in any deal to fund the government through September, when the current budget year ends. But Democrats said the GOP's demands on social issues, including denying federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, were at the heart of the deadlock.
- Democrats said the deadlock was all about a GOP demand to deny federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, which uses the taxpayer money to offer contraception and health care for women. Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of abortion assistance. Democrats asserted that House Republicans were holding out for getting some language to restrict abortion and suggested the GOP might accept a deal on a different abortion-related measure instead, such as an effort to restrict U.S. aid to overseas family planning groups that perform abortion. More here
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