SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN

Dems to Oppose Budget Stopgap

Frantic negotiations in Washington still haven’t yielded a budget deal. A meeting at the White House provided a good discussion but didn’t result in an agreement, Speaker John Boehner said after the meeting Tuesday. Meanwhile, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says his side will oppose a continuing resolution, a stopgap measure that would prevent a shutdown while negotiations continued. Both Republicans and Democrats have previously said they wouldn’t accept another stopgap—there have been several already—but GOP spending hawks have been pushing a continuing resolution that would fund the government for a week and the Pentagon through late September while cutting spending by $12 billion.