COUNTDOWN: Government Set To Shutdown On Friday @ Midnight - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

COUNTDOWN: Government Set To Shutdown On Friday @ Midnight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and Democrats each say the other side would be to blame if there's no agreement on a budget plan, and the government has to shut down this weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republican House Speaker John Boehner can either do "what the tea party wants, or what the country needs."

But Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans have come up with plans to keep the government running, and the Democrats haven't. He accuses Democrats of "taking potshots at everything Republicans have proposed while rooting for a shutdown."

The government faces a partial shutdown Friday at midnight if Congress doesn't take action to avoid one.

Negotiations on legislation to keep federal agencies running is hung up over a Republican demand for steep spending cuts.

The White House is said to be trying to assess the extent of progress, if any, before setting up another meeting like the one President Barack Obama hosted yesterday with congressional leaders.

   

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