Government Faces Shut Down Unless Deal is Reached

After budget talks at the White House this afternoon, Republican House Speaker, John Boehner and the Senate Majority agreed on two things: there is still no deal to avert a government shutdown, and talks will continue.

Boehner says, "We're not there yet," while Reid says, "In about 24 hours, unless we work something out, the government will shut down."

Optimism is quickly running out for an agreement to keep the government running.

President Obama held his third meeting this week with congressional leaders.
He says he will veto the bill passed by the house to fund the government for one more week.

The bill would also fund the military for the rest of the year, and cut 12-billion more in spending.

"Customer service will be significantly impacted across the federal government. For instance, if you have a question about your social security check or medicare reimbursement, it may be very difficult to get an answer. Throughout the government, websites and online services will be shut down or at limited functionality," says Jeffrey Zients, Deputy Director for Office of Management and Budget.

The White House supports back pay for the workers.
Defense secretary Robert Gates has already warned troops in Iraq that they won't get paid.

Kentucky's Senior Senator, Mitch McConnell, says, "There are two options at this point. Democrats can either take up and pass this reasonable bill that falls well within the bounds of what their own leadership has defined as acceptable -- or shut down the government. That's it, that's the choice."

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