The effort to pass a budget by an April 8 deadline is getting more complicated by the minute.
While Democrats and Republicans appear to be negotiating a deal to slash $33 billion in spending for the remainder of this fiscal year, the two sides are now stuck on which social policy riders to include in the measure.
Monday afternoon, 41 Senate Democrats informed Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., they are opposed to a budget deal that strips funding from Planned Parenthood, a health program for women that also provides abortions. That's just enough opposition to block a budget deal.
"We write to you today to affirm our strong support for making women’s health and family planning services affordable and available, and ask that you stand with us against extreme proposals by some Members of the House to eliminate support for women’s health and family planning programs and providers that serve millions of women and families," the senators said in the letter.
But some Senate and most House Republicans have insisted on the inclusion of the provision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, arguing that taxpayer dollars should not be spent on abortions.
There's not much time to reconcile the differences. A temporary measure to fund the government expires on Friday.
President Obama has invited lawmakers from both parties to the White House Tuesday to try to hammer out a deal.