Just when Washington looked like it was making progress to end the government shutdown, the House could not get enough support on a Republican plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
"The House Republican leadership source tells me this bill is dead," said a CNN Correspondent.
That means lawmakers now only have until Thursday before the U.S. government begins defaulting on its loans. Tuesday night Reporter Brian Carlson spoke to Utah Congressman Chris Stewart about the looming deadline, he said right now Washington is feeling a strong sense of urgency.
"Everyone recognizes it's not a good idea to go beyond the debt ceiling limit on Thursday. I just think that's a new world for us if we're willing to take that risk," said Rep. Chris Stewart, (R) Utah.
Senator Orrin Hatch agrees. In a statement he said in part -
"I certainly don't. But I've made my position clear for months that a debt limit increase must include government reforms that address the root cause of America's nearly $17 trillion debt - namely our entitlement programs," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R) Utah.
However, in a YouTube video posted Tuesday Senator Mike Lee explained how any efforts for compromise right now are being shot down.
"Harry Reid refuses to vote on these. He says we're not going to vote on these because unless you're going to vote to fund everything in government we're not going to allow you to fund anything in government," said Sen. Mike Lee, (R) Utah.
As the financial threat looms, President Obama is encouraging both parties to put politics aside and make a deal.
"Let's not do any posturing, let's not try to save face, let's not worry about politics, do what's right," said President Obama.
There are a couple different options lawmakers have been talking about. They both fund the government for at least two months and extend the debt ceiling until February 7th, but again so far both of those plans have not passed.
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