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Partial federal government shutdown in its 8th day

The partial federal government shutdown is in its 8th day and Republicans and Democrats are turning to another battle -- the debt ceiling.
The partial federal government shutdown is in its 8th day and Republicans and Democrats are turning to another battle -- the debt ceiling.

On October 17th, the U.S. will officially reach its $16.699 trillion cap on borrowing.

Speaker of the House, John Boehner, says Republicans are united and that they won't agree to raise the borrowing limit unless the White House agrees to some spending cuts with no new taxes.

As for the government shutdown, a local political expert says it could end immediately, if speaker John Boehner allowed for a vote.

"He's not going to give up this fight and even though he has the power to call a vote that could potentially end the shutdown, he's not willing to do so and he actually doesn't think he has the votes to do so.  So the Democrats disagree, they challenge him, to call a vote on the floor, but that's unlikely to happen," said Dr. Luke Perry, Government and Politics professor at Utica College.

As for the quickly approaching deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Perry says unlike in the past, President Obama may be more open to a short term deal to avoid default.
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