Washington, October 9 (RHC)-- The shutdown of the U.S. federal government is continuing for an ninth day as lawmakers remain deadlocked over Republican efforts to use the budget debate to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Senate Democrats are moving forward this week with "clean" legislation to increase the country’s borrowing limit without any other policy measures attached. Meanwhile, the White House has signaled willingness to accept a temporary increase in the nation’s borrowing limit in order to meet an October 17th deadline and give the parties more time to negotiate.
In related news, U.S. military contractors are still heading to work despite the government shutdown. United Technologies Corporation, which makes Black Hawk helicopters for the military, cancelled plans to furlough 2,000 workers after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reinstated nearly all furloughed Pentagon workers.
Hagel said a measure signed last week by U.S. President Barack Obama allows civilians to work if they are aiding military morale or capabilities. In response, Lockheed Martin also downgraded its plans to furlough 3,000 workers, instead sending home just 2,400.
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