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U.S. Government Shutdown Controversy (2011)
Deal reached to avoid government shutdown

Perilously close to a government shutdown, congressional leaders reached agreement with the White House late Friday night on a deal to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending and avert the closure. House Speaker John Boehner informed the GOP rank and file of the accord, reached in grueling negotiations over several weeks, an official said. "We have an agreement," concurred a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jon Summers. Because drafting and then passing the broader legislation could take days, congressional leaders raced to approve a stopgap measure to prevent the onset of the first shutdown in 15 years, due to begin at midnight. Officials said it...

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