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The federal government shutdown is in its 13th day, with little sign of a budget deal that could win the approval of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House. The debate now includes efforts to avoid a default if the government’s debt limit isn’t raised by Thursday.
NPR blogger Bill Chappell writes on the Two-Way:
Sunday afternoon, the White House reiterated its position after a phone call with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying that she and President Obama agree on the need for “a clean [continuing resolution] and a one-year clean debt limit increase that would prevent a first-ever default of our nation’s credit.”
The reference to “clean” legislation stems from House Republicans’ efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act, the health care system known as Obamacare.
But there were signs Sunday that while health care may have been the key issue in the House debate, in the Senate, which is now leading the discussion, a solution may hinge on the next round of sequestration cuts that take effect in January.
Today’s Question: Will the ongoing government shutdown change how you vote in the next election?