Reid: 'Everything' resolved in spending fight but abortion rider

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHillary's ObamaCare problem Sanders tests Wasserman Schultz Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo 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 BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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 BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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.

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