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Reid doubts Boehner really wants a deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs Harry Reid tears into Trump, Senate GOP: They’re ‘acolytes for Trump’ MORE (D-Nev.) said he’s grown skeptical whether Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid McCarthy faces obstacles in Speaker bid MORE (R-Ohio) really wants a deal to avoid a government shutdown.
 
When asked Thursday afternoon if he is questioning whether BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid McCarthy faces obstacles in Speaker bid MORE wants a deal, Reid said: “Yes, I am.”
 
Reid cited a recent report that Boehner received a standing ovation when he told House GOP colleagues Monday evening that he had advised the House Administration Committee to prepare for a shutdown.
 

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“Speaker Boehner talked about the government being shut down, he got a standing ovation,” Reid told reporters at a press conference. He said Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers and activists have “cheered” for a shutdown.
 
Reid said he had been reasonably optimistic of reaching a deal on spending levels for the rest of fiscal year 2011, but learned this morning that Republicans balked over controversial policy riders defunding Planned Parenthood and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
 
“Republicans during the last 10 hours, 11 hours, have changed their tune completely, they did it overnight,” he said. “They’ve made the decision to shut down the government because they want to make it harder for … a woman to get a cancer screening?”