By Alexander Bolton - 04/08/11 02:38 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Trail 2016: Her big night Reid: Trump 'may have' broken the law with Russia remarks Senator slams Reid for 'dangerous game' on Trump briefings MORE (D-Nev.) said he will introduce a week-long stopgap spending measure on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to avert a government shutdown.
Reid told reporters Friday morning that negotiations with Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) broke down over one issue: a policy rider defunding Planned Parenthood.
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerConvention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security The Trail 2016: Unity at last MORE (D-N.Y.) said the legislation would include an “emergency contingency pot” to fund U.S. troops involved in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The bill, however, would not fund the full Defense Department through the rest of fiscal year 2011.
Reid said disputes over every other policy rider were solved after late-night discussions at the White House Thursday.
Funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X was the one outstanding issue Friday morning.
“The number had been agreed on, the only issue left was women’s health, Title X, that’s it. There was no other issue,” Reid said. “I want an agreement but this has been a moving target. But now we have come to realize the moving target is now focused [like] a bull’s-eye on women in America.
“We are not bending on women’s health,” he said.
Republicans on Friday have insisted there is no deal, and that the size of the spending cuts is the sticking point.
Legislation approved by the House would eliminate funding for all of Title X, which does not pay for abortions. Title X last year received $317 million, with $75 million of those funds going to Planned Parenthood affiliates.