Reid less optimistic on avoiding government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning he is less optimistic that a government shutdown can be averted. 

“I am not nearly as optimistic as I was 11 hours ago,” said Reid, referring to a Wednesday night White House meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama. “And that’s an understatement. The differences are no longer over how much we save in government spending. The only thing holding us back now is ideology.”

“At that time I was cautiously optimistic that we could complete work on the people’s business to fund the government,” continued Reid. “We are 38 hours away on the deadline of the government shutting down — the decision must be made on whether or not the government shutters or stays open.” 

Reid’s statement signifies a shift, as both sides indicated Wednesday night they were hopeful the shutdown could be averted.

"There is no reason why we should not be able to complete a deal," said Obama said in a brief appearance at the White House.