Countdown Continues


POSTED: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 12:37pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:36am

Budget impasse leaves federal government on the verge of a shutdown.

With a midnight deadline looming, Republicans and Democrats continue to work on a budget compromise, but the holdup is becoming more over policy than money.

Despite almost around-the-clock negotiations there's no deal yet.

That means the government could shut down tonight.

After marathon negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was clearly upset this morning as he arrived back to work.

"This all deals with women's health, everything has been resolved. Everything," he said.

One stumbling block is over federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

A partial government shutdown will affect millions of Americans.

800,000 federal workers may be told to stay home.

Paychecks for U.S. troops will be delayed.

Federal parks like Yellowstone and sites in Washington such as the Smithsonian museums will shut down.

If there is no agreement Democrats will try and push for a temporary seven day funding extension that will keep the government up and running, but only for another week.

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Spending on science and education is the most direct way for the federal government to encourage innovation in science and technology, which is what the US has been good at for as long as anyone can remember. We don’t manufacture things we need additional cash urgently sometimes. We design and invent. If you stop spending on science, you can say goodbye to future startups like Google and inventions from pharmaceutical companies.

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