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Federal shutdown unlikely in Rep. Schweikert's opinion

PHOENIX -- The Obama administration has told federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown if Congress can't hammer out a deal to fund government after Sept. 30.

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said the only political leader talking about a shutdown is the president and Schweikert doesn't believe it will happen.

"Within our budget we will defund Obamacare but all of the rest of government will be funded," Schweikert said. "We will put together a continuing resolution which I am not happy about. I would prefer we were doing full scale budgets but that's where we're at right now."

The Senate is expected to strip the "defund Obamacare" provision and send it back to the House.

The last government shutdown happened in late 1995.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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