Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 15, 2013 - 5:55 AM

WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown.

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pamheidenOct. 14, 13 7:52 AM

Leaders, it is time to grow up and do your job.

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luzhishenOct. 14, 13 7:52 AM

"Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group, said the country is "ruled by a president who bows down to Allah," and "is not a president of 'we the people.'" "I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out," he said. " Yep, the GOP rally that had no problems walking around with Confederate flags at a US Armed Forces memorial also did this.

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concernedduhOct. 14, 13 9:34 AM

Al Franken has never even worked on a budget, because the Senate has refused to prepare one for the last 5 years, even though it is a job requirement. The do nothing Senate should have to answer for their total negligence and derilection of duty..

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sek2undrstndOct. 14, 13 9:34 AM

Stand strong GOP! The government is the problem and needs to be shutdown. The longer the shutdown, the longer the solution.

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bs6699Oct. 14, 13 9:57 AM

Remember that this 'crisis' was manufactured entirely by the GOP as a way of extorting more concessions from the Senate and President. 'Obamacare' is LAW, and they are blocking it now with procedural tricks rather than letting it succeed in the real world, of which they are terrified. But defaulting on the debt by not raising the debt limit would greatly harm the country...unpatriotic at best, and traitorous at worst. Boot the republicons from office and send the radicals home.

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domehardOct. 14, 13 9:59 AM

Shut it down until they can fugure out how to save $17,000,000,000,000.

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hoisonsauceOct. 14, 1310:12 AM

Thanks to an amendment to standing House rules that was made on September 30, the night before the shutdown, only Eric Cantor or his designee has the ability to bring about a vote to reopen the government. Even if there was a majority of votes in the House to pass a resolution to reopen the government, Cantor and the GOP can block it.

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furguson11Oct. 14, 1310:16 AM

We moved our money out of the more aggressive stock fund today. No sense switching to treasury bonds until the US defaults and pays more interest. Of course you folks needing student, car , house loans and credit cards will be paying more interest. So there will be some winners with a default.

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furguson11Oct. 14, 1310:18 AM

"concernedduh-Al Franken has never even worked on a budget, because the Senate has refused to prepare one for the last 5 years, even though it is a job requirement." Actually I think Frankin would be a classic example of the successful GOP independent businessman with his stints on SNL and all the books he's sold.

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carbonbigfotOct. 14, 1310:32 AM

The government will not be "in default" if the spending bill doesn't pass. There is more than enough money taken in via tax revenues to pay existing bills and debt service. This only affects new borrowing and new spending.

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