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Weekend in Washington yields little on shutdown

Sunday - 10/6/2013, 6:10am  ET

CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A large chunk of the furloughed federal work force is headed back to the Pentagon, and those who remain at home or are working without paychecks are a step closer to getting back pay once the partial government shutdown ends.

Yet a resolution to the impasse itself is nowhere in sight.

House Speaker John Boehner doesn't see one. Asked this weekend if Congress is any closer to ending the gridlock, the Ohio Republican answered bluntly, "No."

Boehner and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew are scheduled to appear on separate new shows Sunday morning. If previous rhetoric is an indication, expect more blame than concession from both sides.

The federal government was partially shut down Tuesday after Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on a plan to continue funding federal agencies.


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