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Shutdown gov't services still possible in US

04-09-2011 09:26 BJT

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A shutdown of some government services is still a possibility in the US, where Republicans and Democrats are wrangling over a spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year.

Sources say that without a permanent budget deal containing additional spending cuts, Republicans will not allow the Senate to vote on a stopgap measure to keep the government operating beyond Friday night. But another source has said, if a permanent deal is reached, then Republicans will allow the Senate to vote on a measure that will keep the government open for a few more days at the current funding levels.

The stopgap budget is set to expire in less than 24 hours , and Democrats say the two sides are at odds over a Republican push to include birth control restrictions in the deal.

For their part, Republicans say they differ on roughly 6.5 billion US dollars in cuts at the current spending levels.

Failure to reach an agreement will see government departments that are termed as non-essential, shut down. Thousands of federal workers in Washington could be asked to stay at home until the issue is resolved.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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