FNN has obtained exclusive information that the Democrats and Republicans in the House are in secret peace negotiations. Another report says that the same is true in the Senate.
Our political reporter, Stacy Conundrum, has learned that the purpose of the talks is to reach an agreement on what both parties are willing to concede or at least discuss with the other party and what issues they feel are not worth discussing because the parties will not give ground. If the peace agreement can be reached, neither party will then propose bills that are in the off-limits category. Spokespersons from both sides say the peace treaty, if it can be reached, will lessen the current mood of outright hostility in both chambers.
In the Senate, sources tell FNN that increased millionaire taxes and repeal of oil subsidies are off-limits for the Republicans while the Democrats refuse to discuss budget reductions that affect the middle-class or the poor.
In the House, the situation is much worse. The Republican leadership is calling for an unconditional surrender by the Democrats before talks can take place. The Republican demand includes vacating the White House so it can be occupied once again by its rightful resident, a member of the Republican Party. A spokesman for the House speaker put it this way: "We refuse to talk until the White House is once again a symbol of Republican superiority."
More on this story as we obtain more details