Majority Of Americans Want Compromise To Avoid Government Shutdown

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With a government shutdown looming if Congress and the President can't agree on a budget by March 4, a majority of Americans are hoping that the two political parties can meet in the middle.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup survey, six out of 10 respondents said they want the lawmakers to agree on a compromise, while approximately 33 percent believe that legislators should hold out for the budget plan they want, even if it results in a shutdown of Federal services. Seven out of 10 surveyed Democrats favored a compromise, compared to about 49 percent of Republicans.

A House Republican bill to fund the Federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was approved by the chamber on Feb. 19. The legislation would cut more than $60 billion from the continuing resolution that expires March 4.

According to media reports, GOP House members have proposed a $4 billion, two-week stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown. Democrats are resistant to the idea, saying that it is not a compromise because the stopgap funding is equal to a prorated amount in long-term budget that Republicans passed last week.

The USA Today/Gallup survey revealed that about half of the respondents said that the Democrats' budget plans do not go far enough to reduce the national deficit. Only about one in four Americans said that the GOP's proposal goes too far in slashing Federal spending.

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