Senate Rejects Democratic Debt Limit Extension 10/12/13
October 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Discussions between Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate do not appear to making much progress toward reopening the government or raising the debt ceiling.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says while he's "grateful" that Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has reached out to him, the Republicans continue to attach unacceptable conditions to proposed legislation.
Reid's comments came after Senate Republicans blocked a democratic plan to extend the government's borrowing ability through next year. It was a near party-line, 53-45, vote that derailed the measure.
Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner told fellow House Republicans that his talks with President Barack Obama have stalled.
The administration has warned it will deplete its borrowing authority by Oct. 17, risking a damaging federal default, unless Congress acts.