September 27, 2011 Republicans say the impasse underscored why it's important to scrutinize government spending. Democrats say they stood up for important programs.
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April 8, 2011 Not to dismiss the seriousness of a potential shutdown of much of the federal government at midnight tonight, but there is some fun being had on Twitter.
They don't see eye-to-eye: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), at left, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), at the White House on Wednesday.
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April 8, 2011 At this moment, key Democrats and Republicans can't even agree about what the sticking points are.
April 8, 2011 The political game of chicken in Washington is like that famous scene in "Rebel Without A Cause."
April 8, 2011 John Koskinen, former Office of Management and Budget official, talks about how the federal government closed agencies during 1995 government shutdowns
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April 7, 2011 Democrats and Republicans are trying to game out the politics of a possible government shutdown. Most independents want a budget-fight compromise but it's unclear who would get blamed in a shutdown.
April 6, 2011 Obama Administration officials said military service members wouldn't get their checks during a government shutdown. They would receive the pay they missed later. Meanwhile, a small civilian army of federal workers, about 800,000, would be furloughed.
Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The federal government is facing a potential shutdown if Congress and the White House are not able to agree on a budget.
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April 6, 2011 While officials say essential jobs and duties wouldn't be affected, more than 800,000 civilian workers would be furloughed. Such tasks as processing paper tax returns would be suspended. Military personnel wouldn't get their paychecks.
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April 5, 2011 After meeting with President Obama at the White House, the House speaker said there's still no deal. The federal government could shut down at midnight Friday if no agreement is reached.
February 24, 2011 Senate Democrats are developing a package of budget cuts for the current 2011 fiscal year. It's an acknowledgement that the current political climate requires cuts and the need to have a counteroffer to the House GOP's deep package of cuts.
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