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Senate Democrats say they are open to more cuts

Both sides portray other as unyielding, though leaders say compromise on spending is possible.

White House says a shutdown is still avoidable

As March 4 looms, a note of optimism emerges.


Contractors would share the pain of a government shutdown

Veterans of past closings advise firms to talk with acquisition officials to prepare for the possibility of halting operations.

Hang On Tight

Get ready for some roller-coaster days as the fight over the debt ceiling plays out.

Lawmakers play down shutdown, but solution is elusive

Even a short-term spending measure to keep the government running while the House and Senate negotiate a deal may have to include cuts.

Justice joins lawsuit against Defense contractor KBR

Whistleblower complaint alleges company made illegal payments to a Turkish subcontractor on LOGCAP III contract in Iraq.

Obama proposal for CFTC fees draws cheers, brickbats

As Republicans seek major cuts in Commodity Futures Trading Commission, plan to dun users to pay for regulation pleases consumer groups but not industry.

Senate leader to offer 30-day stopgap spending measure

Proposal is expected to be rejected by House and Senate Republicans, leaving in place the threat of a government shutdown after March 4.

House spending bill's deep cuts to EPA set negotiating point with Senate

In addition to slashing $3 billion from the agency's fiscal 2011 budget, GOP measure contains language that would make it hard to implement environmental regulations.

House votes down effort to deny step increases; passes spending bill

Move sets up a Senate showdown over 2011 funding -- and possible government shutdown.