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Reid, Boehner Downplay Talk of Government Shutdown

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“We should not have to come back in the middle of November with the pittance they have put forward and start [negotiating] again to keep people working,” Reid said.

The Senate passed a bill last week that would provide nearly $7 billion for disaster funding, which Senate leaders want the House to pass.

Democrats also oppose language in the House bill designed to offset about $1 billion of the disaster spending by cutting funds for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, which helps the auto industry retool or expand factories to produce fuel-efficient technology. They argue that the program creates jobs and to cut it when the unemployment rate is hovering around 9 percent is not good policy.

Reid noted that the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce also opposes the offset.

At his news conference, Boehner sought to place blame on House Democrats for voting in droves against a CR that “was designed to be a bipartisan bill.” He said that GOP leaders “had every reason to believe our counterparts across the aisle would support it.”

Democrats have disputed that claim. Katie Grant, a spokeswoman for Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), said her boss “was clear as early as last Friday that Democrats were concerned about the partisan CR that failed last night, and he told Republicans at the beginning of this week that they could not count on Democratic votes.”

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