Congress works to avert March 27 government shutdown

U.S. lawmakers appear unlikely to undo the across-the-board spending cuts that took effect Friday, but congressional leaders say they might be able to reach a deal that prevents the government from shutting down when its funding authorization expires March 27. "The president this morning agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Sunday. "So I'm hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this."

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