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Possible Government Shutdown Looming On The Near Horizon

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  Original Published: 9/26/2013 A possible government shutdown is just four days away. But there are signs of progress. Senate negotiators agreed to speed-up passage of a funding bill that would avoid a shutdown while leaving the Affordable Care Act intact. It comes on the heels of Texas Senator Ted Cruz's one-man crusade against Obamacare. Dana Bash reports. It would be one thing for the government to shut down in four days. National parks would close, medical research interrupted. But then, economic catastrophe may come 17 days laterm, when the U.S. could default on its loans if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. The White House is warning not to use it as a bargaining chip. "There is no negotiating over Congress' responsibility to ensure we do not default," says Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary. But GOP sources tell CNN that as soon as Saturday, House Republicans are planning to pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling but also adds several GOP priorities, like the Keystone Pipeline or tax reform, or even delaying Obamacare for one year. "The real play here is going tio be leading up to the debt ceiling where we could get a full delay for a year, including taxes, of Obamacare and I think the president is ready to do that," says Republican Senator John Fleming of Louisiana. But let's get back to the first deadline, the looming government shutdown. Ted Cruz finally sat down after his headline-grabbing, conservative celebrity-making, 21-plus hour talkathon against Obamacare. "How do you feel standing there for so long?" asked CNN reporter Dana Bash. "Dana, to be honest, I feel terrific," Cruz said. "I feel energized that the American people had an opportunity, I hope, to engage in this debate and to have their voice heard." But Criz still wants to only fund the government if Obamacare is defunded.
   
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