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U S Government on the brink of shutdown
WASHINGTON - The government is teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown.
Lots of rhetoric over the weekend from both sides, and still no deal.
The senate is set to convene this afternoon, just hours before the shutdown deadline.
If no emergency spending bill is passed by congress before midnight the government will go into a partial shutdown.
Members of congress are back to work today, just hours before the federal government will run out of cash.
Capitol Hill is gridlocked over Obamacare, and there are no signs of compromise.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-O.H. "It's time for the Senate to listen to the American people just like the House has and pass a one year delay of Obamacare ... "
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems
Barring a last-minute breakthrough, parts of the government will shutdown at midnight.
That would keep 800,000 'non-essential' federal workers home without pay.
The cutbacks could delay first-time home mortgages, slow airport security lines, and limit food safety inspections.
In the military, active-duty troops will remain on the job, but could see delays in pay and benefits.
Meanwhile, America's national parks and monuments -- from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty -- would close.
Democrats say the only way out is a bill to fund the government with no strings attached.
That's a tough sell for House Speaker John Boehner, with many republicans insistent that Obamacare be delayed.
Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director "If he were to bring something to the floor extending funding for the government, he'd get Democrats to support him, he'd get Republicans rebelling."
As unlikely as it seems, one top republican says there's still a chance to Find common ground.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Majority Whip "We will not shut the government down. We have to negotiate longer and we will continue to negotiate."
There are no formal negotiations underway at this hour. Many democrats aren't eager to budge - polls show more Americans would blame republicans for a shutdown than anyone else.