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U.S. Government Shutdown Continues (LATEST UPDATES)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks with members of the press after a mee
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks with members of the press after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about the government shutdown on October 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The federal government has been shut down since October 1st, after the House and Senate could not agree on a resolution to keep the government open. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The government is still shut down and the U.S. is approaching a deadline for raising the debt limit.

Both issues are being discussed by lawmakers, who worked through the weekend.

HuffPost's Sam Stein reports negotiations are stuck on sequestration:

As the United States government approaches a deadline for raising the debt limit and the government shutdown nears its second week, Senate Democrats are taking a stand on sequestration.

The party’s leadership rejected an offer from Senate Republicans on Saturday morning mainly because the proposal locked in those budget cuts for too long.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called it the “single biggest sticking point” in negotiations, while his counterpart in leadership, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) deemed it the central dispute.

“The parties have different views. We passed a budget of $1.058 trillion and they passed one -- the Ryan budget -- [at] $988 [billion],” Schumer said. “So that is a serious issue.”

Below, the latest updates on the shutdown:

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