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October 15th, 2013
05:49 PM ET

Sen. Klobuchar: The House just hasn't learned

The women of the senate are getting a lot of credit for putting together the bipartisan deal that is currently on hold while the House writes its own proposal.

Among some of the key players is Democratic Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota.

“You have in the Senate a group that's come together under Senator Collins' leadership. That group plus the work of Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, I think we all know they are pretty close there to getting that deal negotiated with bipartisan support and the Senate is ready to go,” she said.

The Senate is avoiding political spin and instead focusing on common ground between the parties, according to Klobuchar. She is not convinced however that the House is doing the same.

“That is not the message that we're hearing from the House right now and we need to go back, get that Senate bill in, bring people together,” Klobuchar said. “The House just hasn't learned yet you cannot put these partisan poison pills on and then decide that this is going to pass. We need to open the government and pay our bills.”

national lead

October 15th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

What's at stake in the budget debate?

Congressman Jeff Denham – R-California – is one of ten Republicans being targeted in a new round of ads that blame Republicans for the government shutdown.

The ad paints Denham as a Tea Party Republican, but the congressman considers himself to be a Republican joining with the Tea Party in this shutdown battle.

“I’m not necessarily concerned about it,” Denham said. “I’ve got a job to do here, and that’s to represent the people of my district.”

Denham is more focused on the issue of the fast approaching debt ceiling than attacks on his political standing.

“This isn’t a Republican or Democrat [matter], this is about America, our jobs, our full faith and credit to other nations,” he said.

national lead

October 15th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Will GOP give in on debt ceiling debate?

Rep. Jeff Denham, (R) California, said lawmakers have to give the American people “some sort of blueprint to show ...what our priorities are" in a debt ceiling deal.

Asked if congressional Republicans would go for the Senate deal, which would fund the government until January 15 and raise the debt ceiling until February 7, reported Monday afternoon, Denham said, “I think it’s in the details.”

“There should be some teeth in there,” he said. “Some things that would make both parties come together.”

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national lead

October 15th, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Will Boehner go along with the deal?

Can Capitol Hill find consensus and avoid defaulting on the country's debt, not to mention end a federal shutdown that has closed much of the government?

Politico's editor-in-chief John Harris has the inside scoop on how they'll close the deal.

According to Harris, the Senate will come up with a compromise that will be hard to swallow for conservative House members. But the question is: will House Speaker Boehner reject it, amend it, or say its finally time we move forward and agree on a resolution?

If Boehner pushes for an amendment that leaves very little time to reach a resolution before the debt ceiling deadline Thursday, says Harris. 

Stock market reaction to the debate could also play a role, warns Harris. Wall Street has been optimistic up until now but if stocks take a tumble it will put even more pressure on Congress to reach a deal.

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