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Local leaders to talk shutdown effects in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is meeting with local government leaders from Maryland and Virginia to talk about the wide-ranging effects of the federal government shutdown.

Gray will meet at the district government building on Wednesday with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova; Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett; and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

The shutdown has prevented the district government from spending its local tax dollars. The city is running on emergency funds. While the county governments continue to function, the jurisdictions have been hit hard by furloughs to the federal workforce.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has called on Congress to pass a continuing resolution to reopen the government. The group says the shutdown is hurting the regional economy.

THE SOUP: Pundits Puff Over Govt Shutdown As U.S. Nears Debt Ceiling

Washington, DC (WUSA9) --- On the 15th day of the government shutdown, House lawmakers did not make a scheduled vote to attempt at reopening the government and preventing a possible fiscal default before Thursday's U.S. debt ceiling deadline.

WUSA put together a mix of what network pundits are saying about the crisis on Capitol Hill in tonight's SOUP. Take a look.

Written/Produced by: Elizabeth Jia
WUSA 9 & WUSA9.com

House postpones vote on bill to reopen government, avoid default

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time growing desperately short, House Republican efforts to pass legislation averting a Treasury default and ending a partial government shutdown collapsed Tuesday night, and one of the country's top ratings firms warned of a possible downgrade in the nation's creditworthiness.

The decision by Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership to pull a bill they had unveiled earlier in the day appeared to mark the end of what amounted to a daylong detour from separate negotiations in the Senate that had appeared on the verge of bearing fruit.

There was no immediate reaction from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, on next steps as divided government sought to extricate itself from yet another crisis.

Back in limbo with 2 days to debt deadline

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- What looked like a bipartisan deal in the Senate is now on hold and it is far from clear that the plan has any path forward at all. 

House Republican leaders are struggling now to put together a plan to win the votes of the majority of even their own members.

There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do," said House Speaker John Boehner. 

It had looked like Senate Democrats and Republicans had together agreed on a short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling but Republicans backed away when the House Speaker announced he was working on his own plan.

Democrats are furious.

"What you heard was a plan to default," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

If the speaker fails to muster enough votes for his plan by the end of the day, he may be left with two choices: accept the senate deal or default.

Tone grows testy as House GOP offers separate debt limit, funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tone is growing testy on Capitol Hill after House Republicans floated a plan to counter an emerging Senate deal aimed at ending the partial government shutdown and extending the Treasury's borrowing authority.

The GOP proposal would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take away the federal government's contributions to health care for lawmakers and top administration officials. It would also fund the government through Jan. 15 and give Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been involved in negotiations with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, blasted the House GOP plan as an attack on bipartisanship and vowed it would not pass the Senate.

That drew an angry response from Sen. John McCain, who accused Reid of "piling on." He's urging Reid to view the GOP plan as a good faith offer.

House GOP preps separate debt limit, funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders are planning to push their own bill to reopen the government and avoid a financial default.

Officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders have outlined a bill that would keep the government running through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit to Feb. 7. The measure is separate from a deal emerging in the Senate.

The bill also would suspend a tax on medical devices for two years, require income verification for subsidies to receive health insurance and eliminate health care subsidies for the president, vice president, his Cabinet and members of Congress.

The House plans to vote on Tuesday.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the plans.

Senators closing in on deal to reopen government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky could seal an agreement on Tuesday, just two days before the Treasury Department says it will run out of borrowing capacity.

The emerging pact would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally until early to mid-February, easing dual crises that have sapped confidence in the economy and taken a sledgehammer to the GOP's poll numbers.

"The general framework is there" between Reid and McConnell, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. He said conversations with the House were continuing and he thought it would be midday Tuesday at the earliest before a plan was finalized.