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article imageReid: Boehner 'can't take yes for an answer' on shutdown

By Michael Krebs     Oct 8, 2013 in Politics
With the federal government shutdown now in its eighth day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his frustration with the House GOP request for negotiations.
Speaking on the senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) of continuing the federal government's shutdown, as CBS News reported on Tuesday.
"He can't take yes for an answer," Reid said. "I don't know what else is left to talk about. All we're asking is that government be re-opened."
With the shutdown now in its eighth day, Senator Reid has been seen as consolidating power among Democrats - and it was reported that Reid sidelined Vice President Joe Biden from the negotiations, according to Fox News.
Republican and Democratic legislators have reached an impasse over the funding of the federal government, with increased concerns that the deep divide among the political parties will extend into the debt ceiling talks - and that the United States will default after the October 17 deadline should the debt ceiling not be raised by then.
"The central argument is this: are we going to sit down and have a conversation, or aren't we?" Boehner told reporters on Tuesday, as CBS News reported. "There's no boundaries here. There's nothing on the table, nothing off the table."
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