Reid said the only thing Democrats liked about her plan was that it reopened the government and extended the debt ceiling.
Debt ceiling vote fails
In their talks with Obama, House Republicans offered to extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks to jump-start broad budget negotiations.
But Obama said in his weekly Saturday address that “it wouldn't be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season.
“Because damage to America's sterling credit rating wouldn't just cause global markets to go haywire; it would become more expensive for everyone in America to borrow money.”
Republicans on Saturday blocked legislation that would have raised the debt ceiling for a year.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is recuperating from heart surgery and missed the vote, said he would have opposed the bill.
“Raising the debt ceiling without any common-sense solutions to rein in the federal government would be irresponsible and reckless, which is why I would have voted no,” Inhofe said.
With House Republicans now at least temporarily on the sidelines, Cole said he expects the Senate “to cobble something together and send it to the House.”
If that something is “reasonable,” Lankford said, the House should vote on it.
House Republican leaders have refused even to allow a vote on a bill that would reopen the government with no strings attached.
Democrats made several attempts again on Saturday to force a vote but were repeatedly rebuffed. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said a majority of Democrats and Republicans have said they would vote to reopen the government.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, “has prevented democracy from working its will,” Van Hollen said.
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