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Republicans may seek to avert government shutdown

Republicans may seek to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON -- The prevailing wisdom on Capitol Hill on Monday was that the federal government is headed toward at least a brief shutdown at midnight, given the impasse over how, if at all, President Obama’s new healthcare law should figure into any stopgap spending plan.

But as House GOP leaders met, they were also considering a stopgap measure that would fund the government for another week or so as talks continue. That could push a deadline for action closer to the next budget fight, the need to raise the nation's debt limit in mid-October.

Congressional aides cautioned that the strategy remained in flux, as Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) struggled to get his...