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Published October 11, 2013, 05:46 PM

Shutdown day 11 offers some optimism for budget deal

It is day 11 of the partial Government shutdown. But there is some optimism today. The White House says Obama welcomes what it calls a "constructive approach" from congressional Republicans in a new offer.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It is day 11 of the partial Government shutdown. But there is some optimism today.

The White House says Obama welcomes what it calls a "constructive approach" from congressional Republicans in a new offer.

We talked with some local Washington law makers today about their take on the budget battles.

Neither side is offering any details as of Friday about the new negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Officials had said House Republicans were offering legislation to avert a default and end the government shutdown, but that the plan would include cuts in benefit programs. Heitkamp says working out the entire budget should wait, raising the debt ceiling and opening up the government is a must.

"We need to deal with immediacy of the problem and then start the long term negotiation, because we may do things that are not really smart in the haste of the moment to get a deal," Heitkamp said.

Heitkamp says all lawmakers in Washington should be ashamed for the polarization of politics in Washington that has caused the government shutdown.

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