Meeting to talk unemployment extension canceled as government nears a shutdown
As the deadline on a possible federal government shutdown looms today, yesterday’s scheduled meeting between House GOP leaders and the sponsors of a bill to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless was canceled so they could focus on negotiations with the president.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) cancelled the meeting which was to focus on potential ways to offset the cost of the proposed extension.
Instead Boehner will attend a meeting at the White House with President Obama to try to prevent a looming government shutdown. Unless Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement today to keep the government funded, a shutdown will begin tomorrow.
“Congresswoman Lee is disappointed that the Speaker cancelled today’s meeting,” said her spokesman Joel Payne. “We are hopeful that it is rescheduled as soon as possible.”
If the federal government shuts down, the issue is moot — at least for a little while.