April 09, 2011


Deal Reached to Avert Shutdown

Congressional leaders and President Obama "headed off a shutdown of the government with less than two hours to spare Friday night under a tentative budget deal that would cut $38 billion from federal spending this year," the New York Times reports.

"After days of tense negotiations and partisan quarrelling, House Republicans came to preliminary terms with the White House and Senate Democrats over financing the government for the next six months, resolving a stubborn impasse that had threatened to disrupt federal operations across the country and around the globe."

Roll Call: "The deal to avoid a government shutdown came down to a handshake at 10:30 p.m. Friday night between three top staffers who had been negotiating around the clock... They were racing against the clock. They had been told the federal government would actually start shutting down at 11 p.m. if at least one chamber hadn't passed a bill."










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