September 23rd, 2013
01:58 PM ET

Government Shutdown Looming?

We are now one week from a potential government shutdown and neither side is giving much ground. Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta reports.

Discord drags on in the Republican ranks as some members still insist on cutting funding for Obamacare as part of any deal.

But Democrats say that's nothing more than posturing as the Senate prepares to take up the issue.

Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz is holding his ground: it's still defund Obamacare or bust.

Cruz says, "If the majority is going to run over the minority with a train, the minority has the ability to stop them."

The question of the week is whether Democrats and anti-shutdown Republicans who are furious with Cruz can stop him from blocking any new spending bill in the Senate that funds health care reform.

If the government shuts down after October 1, some federal programs like social security payments would continue, but a third of federal employees would be furloughed, national parks would be closed and paychecks to soldiers would be delayed.

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