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The Associated Press. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday after meeting to work on a budget deal and avoid a government shutdown.

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Shutdown may delay pay, refunds

The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small business loans and government-backed mortgages during peak home buying season.

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