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Government shutdown 2013: Lawmakers negotiate as deadline looms

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Another high level meeting, with high stakes. Still though, there’s no solution. And Tuesday, the waters may have just been re-muddied.

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

While the Senate seemed close to a compromise, House Republicans revealed they are working on their own last minute plan.

While not yet public, in an early version, the dates of funding the government through mid-January and lifting the debt ceiling into February are basically the same.

"No special treatment to anyone under the law!" Eric Cantor says.

But critics say it may be too tall an order, even in the House.

"What you saw here ... was a speaker who did not have votes for his proposal if there's any hope here, it's that they don't have the votes!" House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says.

Regardless of which plan emerges, this is now another delay. So what if we hit the debt ceiling, can no longer borrow money and must pick and choose which bills get paid and which don’t?

“This is obviously something treasury would have jurisdiction on, so I'd refer you to treasury,” White House spokesman Jay Carney says.

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