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Senate Majority Leader said the Senate would reject a House continuing resolution including offsets to fund emergency disaster relief, and he was right. The Senate rejected it, 59-36.
Funding for the government still runs out on Sept. 30. So where are we at now? Apparently, leadership in both chambers of Congress have committed to keep talking.
On the Senate floor just after the House bill was tabled, Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reluctantly agreed to hold a Monday vote on compromise legislation to top-off FEMA's disaster account, and keep the federal government funded. McConnell, Reid, Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will negotiate through the weekend to break the gridlock.
Reid "has offered to reduce the overall disaster aid funding from the Senate-passed $6.9 billion to $3.7 billion," but still continues to reject any offsets. Apparently, he has discussed the situation with President Obama, who would use his power to call the House back into session if absolutely necessary.
Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM PDT.