Senate Taking Lead on Shutdown Talks


capitol-congressHouse Republicans are deferring to the Senate to deal with debt ceiling negotiations, confirming this morning that they have nothing new to offer the White House since Obama shot down their proposal for a short-term extension of the debt ceiling.

“I’m disappointed that the president has rejected the offer that we put on the table,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “I know that he’s trying to see which Republican senator he can pick off the Senate. I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice.”

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is working on a bipartisan budget proposal that extends the debt ceiling through January and includes a stopgap bill that funds the government through March. “I’m trying to give the House a serious option to consider,” said Collins. “And that’s been one of my goals since their first strategy was clearly a very flawed one.” Read more at USA Today.

{Andy Newscenter}