LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans are close to an agreement on the amount of spending cuts needed in order to keep the government operating and avoid a government shutdown.

Obama says there are details and differences to work out, but he says a compromise is within reach.

The president made the comments during a visit Friday to a shipping facility in Landover, Md. He spoke shortly after the release of a positive jobs report for March.

Obama said it would be “the height of irresponsibility” to shut down the government as the economy starts to recover. Lawmakers must reach an agreement by April 8 in order to avoid a shutdown.

Both sides are discussing cutting spending by an amount in the $33 billion range.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Chris M. says:

    Get r done!

  2. Taxes4Votes says:

    shut it down, when congress isnt in session we dont get more useless laws and taxes shoved down our throats.

    Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget
    Alabama $979 million 13.9%
    Arizona $974 million 11.5%
    California* $25.4 billion 29.3%
    Colorado $988 million 13.8%
    Connecticut $3.2 billion 18.0%
    Delaware $208 million 6.3%
    District of Columbia $322 million 5.2%
    Florida $3.6 billion 14.9%
    Georgia $1.3 billion 7.9%
    Hawaii $410 million 8.2%
    Idaho $92 million 3.9%
    Illinois $4.9 billion 14.6%
    Indiana $270 million 2.0%
    Iowa $186 million 3.5%
    Kansas $492 million 8.8%
    Kentucky* $780 million 9.1%
    Louisiana $1.6 billion 20.7%
    Maine $436 million 16.1%
    Maryland $1.4 billion 10.7%
    Massachusetts $1.8 billion 5.7%
    Michigan $1.3 billion 5.9%
    Minnesota $3.8 billion 23.6%
    Mississippi $634 million 14.1%
    Missouri $704 million 9.1%
    Nebraska $314 million 9.2%
    Nevada $1.5 billion 45.2%
    New Hampshire DK na
    New Jersey $10.5 billion 37.4%
    New Mexico $450 million 8.3%
    New York $10.0 billion 18.7%
    North Carolina $2.4 billion 12.7%
    Ohio* $3.0 billion 11.0%
    Oklahoma $500 million 9.4%
    Oregon* $1.8 billion 25.0%
    Pennsylvania $4.2 billion 16.4%
    Rhode Island $331 million 11.3%
    South Carolina $877 million 17.4%
    South Dakota $127 million 10.9%
    Tennessee DK Na
    Texas $13.4 billion 31.5%
    Utah $390 million 8.2%
    Vermont $176 million 16.3%
    Virginia* $2.0 billion 13.1%
    Washington $2.5 billion 16.2%
    Wisconsin $1.8 billion 12.8%
    States Total $111.9 billion 17.6%

  3. realdeal2012 says:

    this was an April Fool’s Day Joke by Obummer.

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