The pressure is on with less than 24 hours before the Friday midnight deadline for budget negotiations. If Congress fails to reach a consensus by then the nation will undergo a federal government shutdown.
April 08, 2011 - Filling in for Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey, Matt Bush talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the looming threat of a federal government shutdown and the hearing regarding the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's Administration.
Virginia's General Assembly is reconvening this week to consider Gov. Bob McDonnell's recommendations to 134 bills, four vetoes and 86 budget amendments. The House is agreeing to an amendment to cut Public Broadcasting funding. Senators will vote on the measure Thursday.
Democrat David Wu represents an Oregon district that includes a swath of Pacific coastline. In the last Congress, he got a bill through the House that would have stepped up federal efforts to study and prepare for natural disasters.
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