Dems cede lead to Biden after Hill budget talks end in bickering

Dems cede lead to Biden after Hill budget talks end in bickering

After suffering a setback in the first round of the budget fight, Senate Democratic leaders will hand Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop union offers backing for Ellison in DNC race John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues Ellison needles Perez for 'unverifiable' claim of DNC support MORE the reins in negotiations with Republicans over 2011 spending levels.
 
Negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) have ground to a stalemate, prompting Democrats to bring in the White House to make a new round of offers to the House GOP.
 

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“The White House is inviting both sides to negotiate a long-term solution led by Vice President Biden,” said Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump defends Flynn, blasts leaks | Yahoo fears further breach Overnight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Conference. “If Republicans are serious about negotiating a responsible compromise, they should accept this invitation immediately and get to work.”

Last month, Reid appointed his chief of staff, David Krone, and BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE tapped his top aide, Barry Jackson, to negotiate a settlement. But a deal to set spending levels for the rest of 2011 does not appear to be on the horizon.
 
Senate Democrats have been working to identify cuts to the 2011 federal budget their party can support.
 
“We’re submitting those ideas to the White House, and we expect them to incorporate them in a seven-month offer they will bring to those negotiations,” Schumer said.
 
“The White House is involved fully — you can see that by Vice President Biden heading the negotiations,” said Schumer. “We want to be at one with the White House.”
 
Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick Durbin McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-Ill.) said the White House would take a larger role after talks between the House and Senate degenerated into public recriminations.
 
“They’ve been involved before but not in as public a way or with such a high profile,” Durbin said of the administration.
 
House Democratic and Republican leaders exchanged their latest volley of accusations Wednesday morning.
 
Boehner accused Reid of not having a plan to rein in spending, while a spokesman for Reid criticized Boehner for letting the House GOP leadership get pushed around by Tea Party-backed freshmen.
 
“I’m not sure whether Senator Reid has a plan to cut spending and keep the government running," Boehner said at a speech to the Credit Union National Association, according to excerpts of prepared remarks. "If he does, I think the American people would be interested in seeing it. If he doesn’t, I think he owes the American people an explanation."

Jon Summers, Reid’s spokesman, fired back.
 
"That’s tough talk from someone who is being bossed around by a bunch of freshmen,” he said. “It's surprising that the Speaker of the House is unaware that the Senate is voting on a bill to fund the government and cut spending this morning.”