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10/12/2013 09:03 am ET

U.S. Government Shutdown Deliberations Continue (LATEST UPDATES)

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, (R) briefs journalists following a meeting with US President Barack Obama outside
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, (R) briefs journalists following a meeting with US President Barack Obama outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2013. Obama confronts Republican leaders on October 10, just one week before a political stalemate could take an even more extreme turn and degenerate into a historic debt default crisis. House Republican leaders, including Speaker John Boehner, will join Obama at the White House, with neither side yet apparently ready to concede ground in a standoff over a government shutdown and raising America's borrowing authority. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The government is still shut down, but negotiations continue among lawmakers looking for solutions to the shutdown and the looming default.

The Senate meets in a rare Saturday session today to vote on a Democratic measure to lift the government's borrowing cap through the end of next year, according to the AP:

The group's focus is on a proposal by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and others that would pair a six-month plan to keep the government open with an increase in the government's borrowing limit through January.

House Republicans, meanwhile, are slated to meet Saturday morning to get an update from their leaders as matters come to a head.

President Barack Obama on Friday privately turned away a House plan to link the reopening of the government — and a companion measure to temporarily increase the government's borrowing cap — to concessions on the budget.

Below, the latest updates on the shutdown:

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