Senate rejects latest House GOP effort on budget

Senate rejects latest House GOP effort on budget

October 1st, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

By DONNA CASSATA

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to reject the latest House Republican effort to negotiate on the budget amid the government shutdown.

The party-line vote was 54-46 today. The Senate turned aside a House request to name negotiators to a conference to resolve differences.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn't negotiate as long as Republicans were holding up a straightforward spending bill to keep the government operating.

The vote marked the fourth time during this fight that the Democratic-controlled Senate has rejected House Republican efforts. The political stalemate that has triggered the first government shutdown in 17 years.