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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a press conference followiong a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. government shutdown is entering its fifteenth day as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.
There's continued confusion in the nation's capital over the government shutdown and borrowing limit.
The Senate is reportedly close to a deal that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling — at least until early next year. But the House is struggling to come up with a plan of its own because the two proposals appear to be pretty different.
Joining us now from Capitol Hill is Shane Goldmacher of National Journal.