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Reid, McConnell still at odds over government spending

Posted at: 10/13/2013 8:33 PM
Updated at: 10/13/2013 8:34 PM
By: Associated Press



Senate Republicans and Democrats remain at an impasse over spending in their struggle to end a partial government shutdown and avoid hitting the federal debt limit in just four days.
    
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have taken charge in trying to end the crises. However, they failed to break the stalemate in talks today.
    
McConnell insists a solution is readily available, referring to a proposal from a bipartisan group of 12 senators that would re-open the government and fund it at current levels for six months while raising the debt limit through Jan. 31.
    
Two Democratic senators - Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin of Michigan - made floor speeches today denouncing Republican colleagues. They said the GOP has stood in the way of efforts to legislate an end to the political fight.