Government shutdown looms as budget talks continue

April 8, 2011

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Thursday's meeting between Sen. Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner was unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on the budget.

The IRS suspends the approval of paper tax returns. National Parks and museums will closed. A flood of financial problems for already struggling states. All this, and more, could become reality if lawmakers on Capitol Hill can’t strike a deal before the day’s end.

Thursday's meeting between the President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner apparently brought them close, but still no federal budget cigar. To find out more Eight Forty-Eight turned to David Drucker, a political reporter with Roll Call in Washington D.C. He keeps an eye on Illinois senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin while covering the U.S. Senate.