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Day 11 of Shutdown: Progress Being Made

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A new Wall Street Journal poll out this morning finds more than half of respondents blame the GOP for the shutdown.  Only one third blame the President.  ABC's Tahman Bradley has been tracking events through the night.

This morning, signs of progress.  Returning to the Capitol after their meeting with President Obama, House Republican leaders said they were encouraged.

"We had a very useful meeting.  It was clarifying I think, for both sides, as to where we are,"  said Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader

Republicans presented to the President a plan that would raise the debt ceiling for six weeks removing the threat of default while both sides take time to work out a broader budget deal.

"A temporary increase in the debt ceiling for his willingness to sit down and discuss with us a way forward to reopen the government,"  said Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

The President neither accepted nor rejected the offer. But he's consistently said he will not negotiate until the government shutdown ends.

Now in its 11th daythe shutdown's pain is being felt far and wide. Veterans are worried about their benefits.

Nathan Tompkins, a disabled Army vet, attends Arkansas State University. The VA funds his tuition and books through the vocational rehabilitation program.

"It's a benefit that's what we've earned, if we're disabled to, help us rehabilitate," said Nathan Tompkins, Student Veteran.

But if the government doesn't reopen soon, Nathan may be forced to drop out.

In Colorado, the governor says without federal dollars the state cannot provide shelter for people who lost their homes during recent, devastating floods.

"I mean it really is a tragic failing on many, many levels," Gov. John Hickenlooper, (D) - Colorado.

Today, it's Senate Republicans turn to meet with President Obama at the White House. They seem to be closer to the President on raising the debt and reopening the government.


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