3 days remaining until potential government shutdown

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September 27, 2013, 5:59 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) – There are three days and counting to a government shutdown if Congress doesn't approve a budget, and that's not looking likely in Washington.

Friday the Senate's voting on a budget that the House is sure to reject and the clock is ticking.

Democrats and Republicans tried to early-up Friday's budget vote to leave more time to negotiate.

But two lawmakers objected, Ted Cruz, now famous for the 21-hour speech, and his colleague Mike Lee:

Lee said, "The American people are watching this. A lot of them have expected this might occur Friday or Saturday."

Senator Harry Reid said, "This is an effort to stall, and I don't know why."

Senator Bob Corker said, "My two colleagues who I respect have sent out e-mails around the world and turned this into a show."

Across town, President Obama urged congress to avoid a shutdown:

Obama said, “Scientists, janitors, people who process new veterans' and survivors' benefit claims, they'd all have to stay home and not get paid."

What's likely to come out of the Senate Friday would keep the government running till mid-November and not touch health care.

House Republicans say they won't accept that, but disagree on whether doors will actually close next week.

Rep. Pete Sessions said, "We are very confident we are not going to shut down the government."

Rep. John Fleming said, "We did discuss contingency plans in case of shutdown."

The House is planning to work through the weekend to avoid that.

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