No Government Shutdown Thanks To Last-Minute Deal
by: Tamara Keith, NPR, December 16, 2011 2:12:00 pm
It's not clear how close Congress is to resolving two nagging issues: extensions of both the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. What we do know is that nothing will be resolved until Monday. That's because the House has gone home for the weekend. But the government won't be shutting down Friday, as a result of a last-minute deal.