WASHINGTON (CNN) - With a deadline looming at the end of next week, leaders in both parties sent hopeful signals Friday that they can pass spending legislation to avert a U.S. government shutdown.
"We know that both sides are close. We know that a compromise is within reach," said President Barack Obama.
"We are on the doorstep of a deal," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat.
"I am not preparing for a government shutdown," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.FULL STORY