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Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA)
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Weekly Adddresses: Budget Battle [VIDEO]

President Obama and Republicans focused on positive developments in their efforts to reach an agreement to end the federal government shutdown and raising the nation's debt ceiling during their respective weekly internet and radio addresses.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (C) talks with reporters following a meeting at the White House between Republican members of the U.S. Senate with President Barack Obama
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (C) talks with reporters following a meeting at the White House between Republican members of the U.S. Senate with President Barack Obama (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Senate Meets Today As Deadline Looms [VIDEO]

The Senate meets for a rare session today to vote on whether to advance a Democratic bill to lift the government's borrowing cap through the end of next year.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (C) walks through Statuary Hall on his way to the floor of the House of Representatives
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (C) walks through Statuary Hall on his way to the floor of the House of Representatives ( Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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New GOP Shutdown/Debt Plan, But No Agreement Yet [VIDEO]

Efforts accelerated in Congress on Friday to keep the U.S. Treasury from defaulting as early as next week and to end the partial government shutdown that stretched through an 11th day.

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Pennsylanvia Ave. and the U.S. Capitol is shown on a rainy morning
Pennsylanvia Ave. and the U.S. Capitol is shown on a rainy morning (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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House GOP, White House Seeking End To Budget Fight [VIDEO]

Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs.

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House GOP, White House Seeking End To Budget Fight [VIDEO]

After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.

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Members of the Senate Democratic caucus board buses to take them to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama
Members of the Senate Democratic caucus board buses to take them to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House GOP Leaders Seek Short-Term Debt Extension [VIDEO]

Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans would vote to extend the government's ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts.

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Members of the Senate Democratic caucus board buses to take them to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama
Members of the Senate Democratic caucus board buses to take them to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House GOP Leaders Seek Short-Term Debt Extension [VIDEO]

 House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers Thursday he will give President Barack Obama a proposal extending the government's ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 — but only if he agrees to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling.

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U.S. Capitol
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GOP Considers Short-Term Debt Limit Hike

House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.

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Protesters seeking continued funding for the Washington, DC government gather in front of the U.S. Capitol
Protesters seeking continued funding for the Washington, DC government gather in front of the U.S. Capitol (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House Passes Bill To Restore Death Benefits

The Republican-led House has passed legislation to restore death benefits to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers halted by the government shutdown.

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The White House
The White House ( Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Obama Invites House Democrats To The White House [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama is having House Democrats to the White House as a showdown over the budget extends into its ninth day.

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