Harry Reid: The GOP is ‘Not Doing Us a Favor’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the U.S. government entering the 12th day of the shutdown, House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to find themselves deadlocked over coming to a peaceful resolution, with consequences growing more grave with each passing day.
The House Republican Conference met Saturday morning to plan how to move forward after conversations earlier in the week between GOP leaders and the White House resulted in a continued stalemate.
President Barack Obama has said he does not want to begin long-term budget negotiations with congressional Republicans until the debt limit is raised and the government is re-opened — which the House GOP has refused to do.
“No deal as far as we’re concerned,” said House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., upon exiting the conference meeting, according to CBS News.
“They’re not doing us a favor by opening the government,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a press conference on Saturday.
“There isn’t a reasonable person in the economy any place that thinks that could work,” he said of the GOP’s perceived willingness to allow the debt limit to expire – which would result in the government defaulting on its loans – and the shutdown to surge forward.
Reid explained the severe implications of failing to reach an agreement on an extension, and getting government employees back to work.
“I hope that our talking is some sort of solace to the American people.” Reid said.
CBS News will provide continued coverage throughout the day.