President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have only hours to avert a midnight Friday government shutdown that they say would inconvenience millions of people and damage a still fragile economy.
Federal employees and the military everywhere, including here in the east are concerned about the possibility of a government shut down.
According to the US Department of Defense, If the shutdown is enacted, active and reserve military members cannot be paid for duty performed after the shutdown, until additional legislation is enacted.
Obama and congressional leaders say another late night of talks Thursday had narrowed the differences over how to cut federal spending but there was no agreement. Obama hoped to announce a deal Friday, but wasn't optimistic.
Aides are trying to agree on how much federal spending to slash, where to cut it and what caveats to attach as part of a bill to fund the government through Sept. 30.
A temporary federal spending measure expires at midnight.
A closure would mean the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers and the services they provide, including processing many tax refunds.
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