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October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Update

Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over solutions to end he government shutdown. It appears more likely now that resolving the shutdown will be tied to raising the debt ceiling – the shutdown could continue until October 17th – the date that the U.S runs out of funds to pay the nation’s bills.The White House meeting last evening between the President and congressional leaders did not produce any way forward. Yesterday, the House passed bills to keep certain government agencies open – the National Parks, Local funds for the DC and the National Institutes of Health. The White House issued a veto threat on these bills and the Senate is expected today to vote down these bills.

The Senate may clear House-passed legislation that provides for the short-term extension of Iraqi immigrant visas.

The House is expected today to pass two other bills which will fund the National Guard and reservists and veterans’ programs. The White House also issued a veto on these bills and the senate is also expected to vote down these pieces of legislation.