EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSManchin And Bi-Partisan Senators Advance Proposal To End Stalemate
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Oct. 14, 2013 6:13 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 6:27 PM EDT
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and a bi-partisan group of his colleagues are working to end the government shutdown.
Six democrats and six republicans have offered a compromise which would resume government operations and avoid a default on the nation's debts.
Manchin says the proposal is about 80 percent approved and there could be an announcment about an agreement as early as this evening.
However, he acknowledges that the entire thing could still fall apart in the senate or end up getting rejected by house republicans.
As it stands right now, Manchin says the senate proposal would extend the continuing resolution funding the government until the first fo the year and raise the nation's debt ceiling so it wouldn't become an issue again until March or April.
The agreement also forces the house and senate into a budget conference and allows the military to direct where billions in sequestration defense cuts will be applied, instead of an across the board reduction.
Manchin says he's hopeful congressional leaders take a serious look at the deal.
"From Speaker Boehner, I don't envy his position," Manchin said. "He has to make a decision, you know this is for the betterment of the country. You can't let us default. It's time to open the government, the country back up, the government up. It should have never been shut down. You know, people were saying there were enough votes for a clean CR. If there were enough votes for a clean CR Kennie, then I'll assure you there's enough votes to pass this."
Manchin's group offers to continue funding the affordable care act. Their proposed legislation would delay taxes on medical devices for two years.
If a deal isn't reached, here's a look at how the dominoes will start falling over the next couple of weeks.
Coming up on Wednesday, federal courthouses could be forced to close. Court administrators have been able to keep the system up and running, but warn they will have to re-visit the situation tomorrow to see where they stand.
On Thursday, the U.S. reaches its debt limit. Without action by congress to raise it, the U.S. will only have enough money to pay about two-thirds of its outstanding bills. Meaning it would default on some of its obligations for the first time ever.
Economists say the impact could be devastating on world financial markets.
Then, over the next couple of weeks work on Veterans Administration claims processing would slow and eventually stop. That work covers pensions, education and job training.
On November 1st, Head Start programs will begin missing government payments. That could force thousands of children out of the program.
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