WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Washington is all a buzz about preventing a government shutdown. Efforts are still underway, as are talks, this morning. Capitol Hill is trying to reach a deal on long-overdue legislation to finance the government through the end of September. Overall, they want to avoid a government shutdown. Whether a shutdown can be avoided in three days' time is another matter, though.
A White House meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders failed to produce a hoped-for breakthrough, however, and a stopgap government funding bill is set to expire Friday at midnight.
President Obama ratcheted up the pressure afterward, sounding exasperated with Republicans for not warming to a White House proposal that nearly matched an earlier GOP framework proposed in February.
Talks between GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid resumed at the Capitol late Tuesday.