Government Shutdown: Lawmakers talking ahead of debt ceiling deadline

6:03 AM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We're now two weeks into the government shutdown.  Politicians on Capitol Hill are running out of time to avoid hitting the debt ceiling and defaulting on

Sunday, negotiations between the White House and Republicans in the House stalled. Monday at 2 p.m., the Senate heads back to work. Lawmakers say progress is being made but it is moving very, very slowly.

If Congress doesn't step in, the country will plunge into default Thursday. Lawmakers say they don't want to see that happen, but as of now, no one has come up with a plan to avoid it.

Susan Collins of Maine is now leading a bipartisan deal that would fund the government at current levels for six months while raising the debt limit through Jan. 31.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Collins' plan treats reopening the government as a, quote, "concession." That calls for delayed apportions of the Affordable Care Act.

"I think these mainstream Republicans are getting fed up with the Tea Party and Ted Cruz. They see where it is leading them, to very low poll numbers. This idea that unless I get my way, I'm going to do huge damage to our credit rating to millions of people who depend on the government isn't working," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on CBS' Face the Nation.

Sen. John McCain said on CBS' Face the Nation, "Senator Cruz didn't make any bones about what he was going to do when he came to Washington. The question is, should we follow that leadership or go in other directions?"

A number of polls indicate that the majority of American people want to see their government back up and running and working again.


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