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A Faint Hope Amid Shutdown

October 8, 2013


WASHINGTON: A faint glimmer of hope surfaced yesterday in the US fiscal stand-off, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing authority to avoid a default.

Separately, a Senate aide said Republican Senator Rob Portman was floating a plan to cut federal spending and reform the US tax code as part of a broader deal to reopen government agencies and raise the government's debt ceiling.

Legislators believe a budget deal like this will be necessary to end the stalemate.

But seven days into a government shutdown and only 10 days from a critical need to raise the nation's debt limit, nothing amounting to a breakthrough was in sight.

Democrats, and Obama, stepped up their criticism of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for refusing to schedule a vote on a no-strings-attached measure to fund the government and end the shutdown. - Reuters

The Star (South Africa)

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Original headline: Glimmer of hope for US shutdown

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