Reid Mentions Agriculture in Letter to Boehner

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has proposed that the House pass the Senate resolution to reopen the government to be followed by large-scale negotiations on budget policies. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner - Reid wrote that the conference would be an appropriate place to have discussions on fiscal issues - where participants could raise proposals - such as tax reform, health care, agriculture and discretionary spending - they feel appropriate. The Hagstrom Report notes that the inclusion of agriculture in the first part of the sentence rather than in the discretionary spending section of the sentence would appear to be a reference to the farm bill. In response - Boehner spokesman Michael Steel blamed the government shutdown on Democrats for refusing to talk about fairness for all Americans under Obamacare. He said an offer to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want isn't much of an offer. Steel said the House would continue to pass bills that reflect the American people's priorities. Steel also commented on an invitation to congressional leaders from President Barack Obama to meet at the White House. He said it's unclear why this meeting would be held if not to start serious talks between the two parties.

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