Republican leaders hatch a plan to avoid shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he's got a plan to avoid shutting down the government this fall, and that he'll move quickly to implement it once lawmakers return from their recess. Boehner wants to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government afloat for 60 to 75 days, effectively deferring the crisis until mid-November. In an interview, President Barack Obama blamed the budget crisis on Republicans' fear of the tea party, and he called on GOP lawmakers to "think less about politics and party and think more about what's good for the country."

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