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House Speaker says budget compromise is possible

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- With a possible government shutdown just about a week away, White House and congressional negotiators are working on a spending bill both sides can agree on.

Although the Republican-led House voted last month to cut more than $60 billion from this year's budget, House Speaker John Boehner said he is willing to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range.

Boehner agreed at a news conference that Republicans can't impose their will on the White House and Senate Democrats. He says the GOP's goal "is to cut spending, not shut down the government." But tea party activists say they won't accept a compromise.

If Congress doesn't take any action, the money will run out on April 9. Lawmakers are hoping to find a compromise that will extend to the Sept. 30 end of the spending year.

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