Congress Leaders Hope Deal Near On Government Shutdown

Senate and House leaders are expressing optimism that a bipartisan deal may be near that can avert a government shutdown.

House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday there is no need to close the government.

Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he and the chamber's top Republican, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have held talks to resolve remaining disputes over extending the Social Security payroll tax, renewing jobless benefits and heading off a shutdown.

Boehner applauded Reid's remarks and said "everybody needs to step back and take a deep breath" -- and strike a deal.

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  • by JG Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    As we have all seen on bumper stickers... Let's clean House and the Senate, too!!
  • by chill Location: enc on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    Shut it down then we will save some of the money we owe to some other country. Vote the scum out.

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