Washington is deadlocked as it enters the 14th day of a partial government shutdown that has already led to furloughs of 350,000 federal workers, canceled military training missions and slowed economic growth. Now, the United States is just days away from losing its ability to borrow money and faces the prospect of defaulting on its bonds.
Following multiple talks between Republican congressional leaders and President Barack Obama over the past two weeks, the negotiations are now focused on Senate leadership from both sides of the aisle. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell launched last-ditch negotiations over the weekend to end the spending and debt stalemate, but they may not be able to reach an agreement that can pass both the House and Senate.
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- Ending Government Shutdown Now In Hands Of Senate! (americanliberaltimes.com)
- 13 days and counting: Obama vs. Republican blockade (Video) (examiner.com)
- US Senate leader sees chance for breaking fiscal impasse – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- Debt Accord Elusive as Senate Leaders Seek Shutdown End (bloomberg.com)
- Democrats, Obama message to GOP: “Coalesce behind a clear negotiating position” (voices.suntimes.com)
- Senate GOP, Dems talk but no deal yet to avoid default, end shutdown (suntimes.com)