How likely is a federal government shutdown?

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April 6, 2011, 7:26 am
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(NECN) - Talks are intensifying on Capitol Hill as lawmakers look to strike a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown. But can it be done?

"We have now matched the number that the Speaker had originally sought," said President Obama. "The only question is whether politics or ideology are going to get in the way of preventing a government shutdown."
   
Obama says it would be "inexcusable" for lawmakers to fail to hammer out a budget deal. Both sides say they want to avoid a government shutdown, but can't agree how to do it.
   
They have until Friday to reach an agreement.

Boston University's political analyst Tom Fiedler joined us with more on the budget showdown.

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