Contracts not related to exempt activities or funded through annual appropriations could be halted.
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Negotiators reach last-minute agreement on funding deal for rest of fiscal 2011.
Memo was designed to make sure agencies didn't begin shutting down at midnight.
Reid, Boehner to meet with Obama at 1 p.m. for second meeting in 18 hours.
Pressure on excepted personnel to work without guarantee of pay violates Anti-Deficiency Act, labor leader says.
Most employees would be furloughed, but meat, poultry and egg inspection services would continue.
Amendment would consolidate or eliminate duplicative government functions.
Obama says he would veto plan.
Some of the key differences between the parties involved in discussions.
Senate Budget Committee barely backs Heather Higginbottom to be the agency's deputy director on a party-line 11-10 vote.