From reports and Congressional spin interviews late Thursday, it appears that the Shutdown Showdown is more about social issues than it is about money. Once again, the right of women to have access to decent health care and preserve the right to control their own bodies trumps all other questions. As of this writing, lawmakers left the White House Thursday night with no deal, and with policy riders about Planned Parenthood funding (ending it) dominating the confrontation. On MSNBC Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reported she could not vote for a deal that defunds an organization whose services will be used by “one in five American women in their lifetime.”
Here’s what POLITICO said Thursday night when the meetings ended:
“I am not yet prepared to express wild optimism,” said President Barack Obama, after meeting with top leaders again Thursday night, the third such Oval Office session in the space of less than 24 hours. White House and congressional staff were instructed to work again through the night and Obama made clear that he needed a final answer Friday morning as to whether a deal can be reached.
In a joint statement Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged to work “to resolve our remaining differences.” But Reid made no attempt to hide his pessimism: “We never get to the finish line” he told colleagues later. And the changed mood left Boehner suddenly a target for Senate Democrats, who had warmly praised him just days ago.
Earlier in the day, many women took part in demonstrations in Washington, reported by those present in tweets tinged with rage.
“Media continues 2 misleadingly frame bdgt stalem8 as about “abortion.” IT IS NOT. it is abt essential womn’s health services. #rally4health“
4 those who blame both parties 4 stalemate, read ths list of 3GOP riders; get back 2 me:http://bit.ly/dQlojq #p2
Do facts matter? If so, pls respect them. @NPR @NYTimes@Dailykos @washingtonpost Do not report that riders R abt abortion when they R not.
The parties are supposed to be working all night and the President has announced that he wants a solution by Friday morning. Watch this space.
by MikeSheridan89 at April 7 March, via Creative Commons