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Mnuchin: Can't Rule Out Shutdown       12/17 11:11

   Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he can't rule out a possible 
government shutdown later this week if Congress deadlocks on another temporary 
Washington spending bill, but thinks it's unlikely.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he can't rule out 
a possible government shutdown later this week if Congress deadlocks on another 
temporary Washington spending bill, but thinks it's unlikely.

   Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Mnuchin says he expects that lawmakers will 
understand the need to reach bipartisan agreement on another short-term funding 
extension to avoid "sending government workers home for Christmas."

   Congress in early December passed a two-week stopgap bill that keeps the 
government running through this Friday. That measure bought time for 
negotiations on Republicans' signature tax bill, but GOP talks with Democrats 
haven't been going as smoothly on the budget.

   Lingering budget issues include disaster aid, children's health and the 
potential addition of subsidies for low-income people participating in the 
Affordable Care Act.


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