Former US budget committee aide: 'Chances of shutdown are 90%'
30 September 2013 Last updated at 13:44 BST
The chances of the US government falling into shutdown are as high as 90% - a former budget adviser has claimed.
The US Congress has to agree a new budget, or else non-essential services will have to shut down for the first time since 1996.
Stan Collender, former aide to the House and Senate Budget Committees, told BBC Radio 5 live's Up All Night: "They're considering compromise to be a sin and thinking about it in religious terms which is why were are not getting any resolution to this situation."