Some say impasse, some say abeyance.
After two days of meetings this week, Republicans decided it wasn’t worth going to the third session today and walked away.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took the harsher line, saying the talks were at an “impasse.” Dictionary definition: a situation from which there is no escape or a deadlock.
The White House took a gentler line describing the talks as in “abeyance.” Dictionary definition: temporary inactivity or a suspension.
So now they kick it upstairs. President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will take over, according to Reid.