Heat Is on Senate as Government Shutdown Looms
Congress working through scheduled vacation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2011 7:15 AM CDT
Updated Sep 26, 2011 7:53 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 23 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – After rejecting the House's bill to fund the government into November, the Senate will vote today on its own version, hoping to dodge a new threat of government shutdown, reports the Washington Post. After the weekend brought leaders no closer to agreement, and with disaster relief potentially running out tomorrow, Congress is at work during a scheduled week off, the Wall Street Journal notes. All eyes are now on the Senate as it prepares a bill that pays for disaster relief—without cutting other programs.

The Senate bill would fund the government until Nov. 18, with $3.65 billion for disaster relief; FEMA is currently shelling out tens of billions daily. Yesterday’s talk shows saw lawmakers taking shots over the bill: “There is a group, and I do believe it is mostly centered in the House in terms of these Tea Party Republicans, who say, 'On every issue, we're going to make this a make-or-break,’” said Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, on the other hand, says Harry Reid has “manufactured a crisis.” Click through for more on the rush to avoid shutdown.
 

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