Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-Nev.) claimed Friday that "everything" had been resolved in negotiations to fund the government except for a rider having to do with abortion rights.
Reid, in a brief media availability Friday morning, said that all but a provision to cut federal support for Planned Parenthood had been settled in his negotiations with House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerConservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio).
"Everything has been resolved, everything," Reid said. "It's an ideological battle that has nothing to do with the fiscal integrity of this country. It has everything to do with the ideology on that other side of the Capitol."
Reid spokesman Jon Summers confirmed that, from Democrats' vantage point, all other issues — including a rider to curtail some of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory powers — had been settled.
But BoehnerJohn BoehnerConservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE's office shot back on Friday morning. "Untrue," tweeted Boehner's communications director, Kevin Smith, of Reid's claim.
The Speaker's office maintains that the size of spending cuts is the largest bone of contention at this point.
"While nothing will be decided until everything is decided, the largest issue is still spending cuts," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an email to reporters.
Reid and Boehner will continue negotiations on Friday after having met with President Obama for three straight days at the White House. They could be headed back for a fourth meeting on Friday, before government funding runs out at midnight, which would force a shutdown.