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Both sides 'optimistic' about averting US shutdown

Speaker of the House John Boehner answers reporters' questions after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting at the US Capitol on March 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. "Spending is the problem here in Washington and our goal is to cut spending, not to shut Leaders from both sides of the bitterly divided US Congress said Tuesday they were optimistic about a funding bill that would avert a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.