Shutdown Day 7: No movement as Oct. 17 deadline looms for debt ceiling

Lawmakers are no closer to reaching a compromise on the spending bill and thousands of government workers are still out of work as the deadline looms to either raise the debt ceiling or default on the country's bills, The Guardian reports. Republicans insist they will not compromise on their demand to either dismantle or defund healthcare reform and Democrats and President Barack Obama refuse to allow healthcare reform as a bargaining chip. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday the government will run out of its ability to borrow money on the 17th and Congress is "playing with fire." Although some speculate there are enough votes in Congress to pass a spending bill that doesn't have stipulations on dismantling healthcare reform, House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) insists it's not the case. "We are not going to pass a clean debt limit [bill]," Boehner said. "The votes are not in the House … We are not going down that path." Article

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