GOP prepares 1-week extension as shutdown looms

By Andrew Taylor

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 7 2011 1:06 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding the budget and possible government shutdown, Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Republicans battling with President Barack Obama over budget cuts are moving one-week legislation Thursday to avoid a government shutdown, despite opposition from the White House and Senate Democrats pressing for a longer-term solution.

Obama and House Speaker John Boehner reported slow but steady progress as a midnight Friday deadline looms. The president said more urgency is needed in the talks, while Boehner said differences remain.

Thursday's GOP measure would combine a full-year Pentagon budget with a big slice of cuts to domestic programs as the price to keep the government running.

Democrats and the White House oppose the idea, preferring to focus on the broader legislation and not forfeit leverage.

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