U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (3rd R) looks at a screen showing a clock counting down to a government shutdown, at a news conference with fellow Democrats Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ... more 
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (3rd R) looks at a screen showing a clock counting down to a government shutdown, at a news conference with fellow Democrats Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (4th R), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (2nd R) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) (R) after the Senate voted to pass a spending bill in an attempt to avoid the shutdown, sending the issue back to the House of Representatives, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 27, 2013. The U.S. government braced on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of operations on October 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to defund the new healthcare reform law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) less 
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Fri, Sep 27, 2013 4:14 PM EDT