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Moderate Republicans Say New Compromise Could End Shutdown

U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Philadelphia. (U.S. House of Representatives)
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Philadelphia. (U.S. House of Representatives)

It’s day three of the government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner met with President Obama at the White House last night, but there is so sign the two can come to an agreement.

The president says he flatly rejects any attempt to restore funding for certain agencies, such as the military and the national parks — proposals from Republican lawmakers.

Several moderate House Republicans say they now have a new proposal they think the president will support.

Here & Now speaks with one of those lawmakers, Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.

He says the measure would keep the government running while also repealing the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act.

“There are many different ways to reach common agreement,” Fitzpatrick told Here & Now. “And we are just trying to bring people together.”

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