The White House said it was still possible to avoid a government shutdown. (File)
The White House said on Friday it was still possible to avoid a government shutdown, but that it was up to hardline Republican lawmakers to resolve the impasse.
"There is still a chance," Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Shalanda Young told reporters at a briefing.
"I'm still remaining an optimist that we have a day and a half to work out, in one corner, what is needed to take the deal" that Republicans in the House of Representatives have been offered by the Senate for a stopgap, she added.
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