“The infighting between the tea party and the rest of the Republican Party — including the Republican leadership in Congress — is keeping our negotiating partner from the negotiating table,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Money-PillsThe White House and Republicans are within striking distance of a deal on spending cuts for this year, but policy differences and tea party pressures will make it difficult to reach closure before a threatened government shutdown April 8.

The administration has moved within $6 billion of a $1.052 trillion target that House Republicans confirmed Monday had been suggested by their negotiators as part of the framework for a compromise. That number would effectively restore $26 billion in cuts enacted by the House last month, but the GOP said any such deal is contingent on substantial concessions by the White House on legislative riders attached to the same budget bill.

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Source: David Rogers | POLITICO