Lawmakers Bicker as Gov't Shutdown Deadline Nears

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For the second time in nine months, lawmakers are working to meet another deadline to avoid a shutdown of the federal government in Washington.

Congress has until Friday to pass a bill to fund the government. Yet, the same animosity and bickering on both sides continue.

"It is embarrassing," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., admitted Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Can we, once again, inflict on the country and the American people the spectacle of a near government shutdown?" Warner asked.

The Senate will vote Monday on a bill to avoid a shutdown. The measure would fund the government for another seven weeks.

The bill includes funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help the victims of recent natural disasters.

At issue is whether some of the expense should be offset by cuts in other government spending.

The Republican-led House of Representatives can't agree with the Democrat-controlled Senate on how to off-set disaster funding with budget cuts.

The uncertainty isn't helping Joplin, Mo., officials who remain determined to rebuild homes and put people back to work as soon as possible.

A devastating F5 tornado struck the city located in the southwestern corner of the Show Me State in May.

"We can appreciate the efforts to get our national economy in better order, but we're concerned about how that's going to affect us," Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston said Friday, as Congress headed home for the weekend.

Woolston said he thinks lawmakers will come to an agreement before FEMA runs out of money this week. FEMA officials said it had just $175 million in its coffers.

"But the devil's in the details," he said. "How long will it take, how much disaster funding will there be?"

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