Little progress in Washington with 4 days left till government shutdown

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September 26, 2013, 5:42 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - Now the latest on a possible government shutdown:
We're four days away from the deadline for major parts of the federal government to close their doors - and there's been little progress.

There's a stalemate, four days before the government runs out of money. After republican Ted Cruz spent a whole day talking to prevent a vote that happened anyway, it looks like they're back at square one.

Sen. Cruz finally sat down after 21 hours:

"This was all about elevating the debate in the public," he said.

"It has been a big waste of time," said Sen. Harry Reid.

Now, the Senate's on track to pass a budget that'll likely include money for the affordable care act, that’s sure to go nowhere in the House. Democrats say they'll fight for it:

"Anything that diminishes the affordable care act is not anything we want to support," said Nancy Pelosi.

"We cannot rely on the commander-in-chief to negotiate," said Rep. Joe Wilson.

Republicans are expected to counter with a budget that includes more things democrats don't like, like tax reform, approving the controversial keystone pipeline or changes in Medicare and social security.

"This attitude of my way or the highway doesn't work," said Rep. Elijah Cummings.

"I don't think it's gonna be pretty," said Rep.  Brad Sherman.

It's still up in the air whether they can agree on a budget before Monday's shutdown deadline.

Then Tuesday, there’s another key date: open enrollment for the new health insurance exchanges. President Obama talks about that at a community college in Maryland Thursday.
Republicans will likely put funding for health care on the back burner until next month's debt ceiling debate.

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