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Fed Govt. Shutdown Continues; Leaders To Vote On Back Pay

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A partial government shutdown is in it's fourth day. A partial government shutdown is in it's fourth day.
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Lawmakers to vote on back pay for furloughed employees

The 800,000 government workers on furlough could be getting back pay when they return to work.

Lawmakers could vote today on giving workers pay they've missed because of the partial shutdown.

Also the House plans to vote to restore federal funding to some agencies and programs, including the WIC program, which provides food aid to pregnant women and their children.

Pelosi: Republicans can't even talk to themselves

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says no progress has been made toward ending the government shutdown because "it's very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can't negotiate with themselves."

Pelosi says, quote, "They can't say, 'Our first premise is you have to overturn the Affordable Care Act.' "

She said Democrats agreed weeks ago to the GOP money figure for stopgap spending, but said Republicans have stalled since then.

Pelosi says to get the government up and fully running again, "it will take some coming together on the Republican side."

The California Democrat said the expiration of the government's borrowing authority is a frightening prospect, saying that "we have to find a path" but have not found the ability to do so.


Navy: Football game on, all other sports off

Football is on at Navy this weekend, although all other varsity and club sports are suspended because of the government shutdown.

The Defense Department said Thursday everything was on hold through Sunday except for Saturday's football game against Air Force.

Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.

Army, meanwhile, says on its website it is trying to "gain more clarity" about its scheduled game at Boston College.

Obama pins government shutdown on Boehner

President Barack Obama says House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government.

Obama is speaking at a small business just outside of Washington on the third day of the shutdown. He says Boehner is preventing a vote on a funding bill because he doesn't want to anger "extremists" in his party.

The president is calling on Boehner to quickly hold a vote on a bill free of extra demands. The president met with Boehner and other congressional leaders at the White House for more than an hour Wednesday, but no agreement was reached.

Obama says the longer the shutdown goes on, the worse the impact on the U.S. economy will be.

Obama, Hill leaders fail to solve shutdown impasse

A partial government shutdown is in its third day after a White House meeting among President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders yielded no reports of progress.

After the Wednesday evening session, Republicans were not backing off their insistence that Obama accept some curbs on the health care law he won in 2010. Democrats said they were willing to hold wide-ranging negotiations on the budget but first want the GOP-led House to agree to end the shutdown, as the Democratic-controlled Senate has voted to do.

House Speaker John Boehner is giving no indication he will do that. Instead, the House plans to continue voting Thursday on bills aimed at reopening small, popular government programs, including veterans' benefits and pay for members of the National Guard and Reserves.

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