Reid will introduce a last-ditch stopgap to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (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 Boehner (R-Ohio) broke down over one issue: a policy rider defunding Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Charles Schumer (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.

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Reid said he and Boehner agreed to $38 billion in spending cuts for the rest of the fiscal year, $5 billion more than the target Senate and House appropriators were working toward earlier this week.

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.