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Still no agreement to avoid government shutdown

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There's still no agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown at the end of the week, even though both sides say they want one.

Congressional leaders met Tuesday with President Obama at the White House to talk about a compromise.

Meanwhile, the head of the House Budget Committee, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced a proposed budget for next year that would cut federal spending more than the President's plan and turn Medicaid into a state block grant program.

Drastic changes Ryan says are necessary.

"This is not a budget." Ryan said. "This is a cause...look, we can all go do something else with our lives. We are not just here so we can get this pin that says we are a member of Congress. We are here to try and fix this country's problems."

Besides changing Medicaid, the Republican budget would also stop direct bill payments for Medicare in favor of having most seniors sign up for private insurance with government subsidies in the year 2022.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The clock is ticking for lawmakers to pass a measure to keep the government from shutting down. Although it's happened before in our history, it's not something that lawmakers want to happen again. In an effort to strike a compromise, President Obama is meeting with officials from across the aisle Tuesday.

President Obama is expected to meet with the top Republican, House Speaker John Boehner, in Congress. Republicans and Democrats in Congress can't seem to work out the spending cuts in a budget that'll fund the government through the end of September.

House Speaker John Boehner is pushing through another emergency short-term spending bill, so the government won't shut down at midnight Friday. Boehner's proposal includes $12 billion in immediate spending cuts and enough money to operate the Pentagon through the end of September. He says what the White House is proposing are gimmicky budget cuts. However, Democrats say the GOP cuts are harmful.

President Obama has advised government agencies on how to prepare for a shutdown. Republicans have disclosed plans to instruct lawmakers "on how the House would operate in the event Senate Democrats shut down the government."

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