Nightly News | April 07, 2011
>> now to the other big story tonight. c congressional republicans, democrats, and obama trying to resolve their differences over the budget deficit before the government shuts down. we have two reports. first, kelly o'donnell joins us from capitol hill . rrtd hi, there, ann. three times in 24 hours , the president, speaker boehner, and reed all trying to strike a deal. money other troops, andi issues like abortion. shuttling between the white house and capitol hill .
>> all of us sincerely believe we can get to an agreement.
>> we're going to continue to work to get this done. it's -- um, not easy to do, but it's doable.
>> reporter: polite standing together, but earlier, open hostility over who is to blame.
>> this is the time, we don't have the time to fight over the tea party 's extreme social agenda.
>> reporter: democrats claim this fight shifted away from the size of spending cuts to de divisive issues.
>> policy changes related to the abortion and environment, known as riders to the bill.
>> it's the riders who have nothing to do with the deficit that are standing in the way. rrtd republicans want to strip $300 million dollars from planned parenthood that provides medical care , including some abortions.
>> we're looking for not just the most spending cuts possible, but also common sense on how taxpayer dollars are spent.
>> reporter: frustrations boiled.
>> ms. speaker, we're trying to do the business of the american people .
>> reporter: house republicans turned to their plan b and quickly passed a one-week budget extension that also funds the defense department for six months.
>> the real fact is that if you vote against this bill, you are voting against the troops who are engaged in three wars.
>> reporter: the president called that extension a distraction and promised to veto it, which claims some republicans are claiming he's not supporting the troops.