Positive news from a Politico article today entitled, “Democrats pessimistic about avoiding shutdown”:

The White House is intensifying negotiations with House Republicans… but congressional Democrats increasingly fear that it may be too little, too late to avert a government shutdown….

By late Monday, the process was basically back on track, and both sides were feeling “relatively optimistic a shutdown could be averted,” said one congressional staffer close to the process. But just ahead lies a minefield of potential deal-breakers – a slew of GOP-sponsored riders, including defunding Planned Parenthood and NPR.

Boehner has told White House officials that his caucus won’t agree to strip out the provisions – which are red meat for the party’s conservative base – while Obama aides are equally adamant about removing the riders.

“That’s the next big hump,” the Hill staffer said, adding, “I’m not sure we can get over that one in time.”

Keep making those calls to your congresspersons. To do that dial the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, state your zip code and ask to be connected to your rep’s office. Your message can and should be short and sweet: Defund PP.

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