Government Shutdown: Day 14 Recap
(WASHINGTON) -- As the partial government shutdown enters its 15th day, here are some of Monday’s highlights: -- The latest outline of a potential Senate deal to end the fiscal impasse calls for keeping the government funded until Jan. 15 and raising the debt limit through Feb. 15, congressional aides told ABC News. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are spearheading the negotiations.
-- A half-dozen GOP senators tell ABC News that they are not convinced a deal is at hand to reopen the government and avert the U.S. defaulting on its debt. Deep concern remains over spending and what level to fund the government. Part of the skepticism is rooted in the fact that Senate leaders are conducting negotiations without most rank-and-file members. An 11 a.m. meeting is planned Tuesday for all Republicans senators, the first time they’ll hear the information for themselves.
-- President Obama issued a warning that “If Republicans aren’t willing to set aside some of their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country” and resolve the impasse over the government shutdown and the debt limit, “we stand a good chance of defaulting.” The president initially planned to meet with the leaders of the House and Senate Monday afternoon but postponed the discussions to allow Reid and McConnell to continue their negotiations.
-- The Republican National Committee began launching shutdown-related robocalls directed at five key Democrats on Monday, urging those listening to demand their lawmaker call for a vote on a measure that makes sure veterans receive their benefits. A similar House bill passed last week but wasn’t taken up by the Senate. The targeted Democrats are Reid, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Democrats object to the piecemeal approach of reopening the government.
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