The possibility of a federal government shutdown in the United States draws closer, with House of Representative Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seeking deeper spending cuts in the U.S. fiscal 2011 budget and President Barack Obama dismissing a Republican proposal for yet another short-term spending bill that would fund government operations past the April 8 deadline of the current budget resolution. The president argued that funding federal agencies on two-week budgets was “not a way to run a government.” He said he would consider another stop-gap bill only if congressional leaders needed more time to draft an already agreed-upon compromise.

In an April 5 meeting at the White House, Boehner reportedly sought up to $40 billion in cuts, which was $7 billion more than what he, the White House and Senate Democrats have been negotiating over the past week, news agencies say. Obama, who appeared at a press conference shortly after the meeting, maintained that the White House “have now matched the number the speaker originally sought.”

“The only question is whether politics or ideology are going to get in the way of preventing a government shutdown,” he said, as quoted by the New York Times.

Boehner, in response to Obama, said that Republican party would not allow “Senate nor the White House to put us in a box” and promised to seek the biggest cuts possible.

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