AirTalk for October 7, 2013

Pressure mounts to end shutdown as debt ceiling deadline looms

Furloughed Federal Workers Protest Government Shutdown

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Furloughed federal workers protest outside the U.S. Capitol to demand an end to the lockout of federal workers caused by the government shutdown Washington, DC.

The government has now been shut down for a week and Democratic and Republican lawmakers seem no closer to reaching a deal to re-open it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) has urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote in the house on a clean funding bill--void of any Obamacare links—while Boehner insists he doesn’t have the votes to pass it.

Over the weekend the Pentagon announced that it would allow 350,000 of its civilian workers back to work this week, but hundreds of thousands of furloughed employees are still stuck at home.

As the October 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling looms, pressure is mounting to reach a compromise to re-open the government and avoid a default on its debts, which economists say would have a catastrophic effect on the economy for years to come.

What options do congressional leaders have to end the shutdown? Will they be able to come to an agreement before Oct. 17?


Robert Costa, Washington Editor, National Review

Chris Moody, Political Reporter, Yahoo! News

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