Reid Rejects GOP Plan
The Senate will return to work Sunday and attempt to find another way to end the partial shutdown of government services and reach an agreement on the nation's borrowing limit before an October 17 deadline after Democrats rejected a proposal by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), that had bipartisan support.
Leaders of the Democrat-led Senate rejected the proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling Saturday before heading down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with President Obama at the White House.
Whether Senate Democrats will try to revive the proposal was unclear. They left the 75-minute meeting without talking to reporters. Sen. Collins appeared hopeful that Democrats may be open to reviving the plan.
"Despite [Senate Majority Leader] Senator Harry Reid's unfortunate dismissal of the 6-point plan,...it continues to attract bipartisan support," Collins said. "Six Senate Republicans and six Senate Democrats met twice today to discuss how we could move forward with the plan or some version of it. These meetings were constructive and give me hope that a bipartisan solution...is within our reach."
Reid rejected the plan -- which calls for funding the government for six months and increasing the federal debt limit through January -- purportedly, in part, because the spending level of $967 billion next year was too low, despite it providing more flexibility in administering the federal budget cuts under sequester.
Collins' plan also calls for a two-year delay on Obamacare's medical device tax and requires income verification for Americans seeking subsidies for Obamacare.
"Susan Collins is one of my favorite senators, Democrat or Republican," Reid said. "I appreciate her effort, as always, to find a consensus. But the plan that she suggested...is not going to any place at this stage."
The upper chamber also failed the get the necessary 60 votes on a bill to increase the debt limit through 2014 that was "clean" of Republican demands for spending cuts or changes to Obamacare.
In the Republican-controlled House, negotiations ended abruptly when Republicans refused to let Democrats vote on a bill to reopen the government, which resulted in an exchange between a staffer from each party...
Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus in a closed-door meeting that he and the president still have no deal.
"The Senate needs to hold tough," Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), said Boehner told House GOP lawmakers. "The president now isn't negotiating with us."
The White House rejected a House plan to open the government for just six weeks...
"The only thing that's happening right now is Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell are talking," said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn. "And I view that as progress."
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Editor's Note: Again, we ask, which party is the party of "No!"?...Republicans - both TEA Party and not - have advanced proposal after proposal to rectify this situation. Yet, Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid refuse to accept anything but "all of what they want." It can no longer be denied, the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats own this hobbling of government, and are flirting dangerously with not only achieving Cloward-Piven, but advancing past it to massive globalization with the replacement of the US dollar as the World reserve currency...
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