Countdown Underway To Government Shutdown Deadline

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2013)--With a week left to reach a deal needed to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned to the possibility a spending deal won’t be reached.

Most say they don't want the first government shutdown since 1996, but if the government does shut down, so be it.

Republicans, whose spending measure defunds the president’s health care, law, say they’re fulfilling their pledge to dismantle the overhaul, while Democrats who defend the law remember that similar standoffs gave them political gains.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite, says a government shutdown is inevitable unless Democrats abandon the Affordable Care Act.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says those who back a defund-or-else strategy are, quote, "legislative arsonists" who want to see the government shuttered.

Discussions were continuing Monday on Capitol Hill.

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