Quotes of the day

“The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget. President Obama and the First Family are planning to visit the area this weekend in what the White House described Wednesday as a ‘long-planned family trip to Colonial Williamsburg.’

“But the trip might get grounded if a government shutdown can’t be averted by Republicans and Democrats in Congress…

“Tom Shrout, a spokesman for Colonial Williamsburg, said that he had not received any confirmation on Wednesday that the Obamas would be visiting. ‘It’d be wonderful to have them visit the historic area,’ Shrout said. ‘But we’ve had no confirmation of it at this time. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.'”

“Democratic sources tell ABC News that things ‘feel better now’ in terms of a deal being cut, but the major sticking point remains the GOP rider prohibiting any federal funding to Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliates.

“The final figure for budget cuts is a work in progress – somewhere between $33 and $36 billion in new spending cuts – but negotiators are ‘very close,’ one Democratic told ABC News. Democratic officials likely will accept more spending cuts if they are not in areas they are trying to protect, such as education.”

“In a joint statement Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner addressed the results of the budget meeting held at the White House Thursday evening, saying, ‘We have narrowed the issues, however, we have not yet reached an agreement. We will continue to work through the night to attempt to resolve our remaining differences.'”

“POTUS canceling Friday trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, because of budget negotiation”

“‘I’m not yet prepared to express wild optimism, but we’re further along today than we were yesterday,’ Obama said in his second late-night visit to the White House briefing room in about 24 hours…

“‘I expect an answer in the morning,’ Obama said.”

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