As a local reporter focusing almost exclusively on local events, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with national news.
So when I recently discovered that the tug-of-war between Congress and the president over the 2011 federal budget could result in a government shut down I felt blind sided.
The looming threat of a government shut down comes as House Republicans and Senate Democrats grapple to reduce the $1.6 trillion deficit in the $3.69 trillion budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on Feb. 14.
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