Surprise! Senate Rejects House Spending Bill 4th Time
Getting used to no progress on solving shutdown yet?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
People walk near Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Stop us if this sounds familiar: The Senate today rejected a House spending bill that sought to throw a monkey wrench into ObamaCare. If you've lost track, that makes the fourth time it's happened in the latest shutdown drama, reports CNN. Harry Reid's Senate Democrats rejected the measure at the start of business today, after the government shutdown already had started going into effect. One difference: The latest House bill also called for a bipartisan House-Senate conference committee on the impasse.

"We're not going to relitigate the health care issue," said Reid, calling for the House to pass a "clean" spending bill. "It's time for Republicans to stop obsessing over old battles." Eric Cantor's take on behalf of Republicans: “Clearly, the Senate has demonstrated that it is not willing to engage in the legislative process." So what next? House Republicans were meeting in a strategy session today, reports the Hill. In a not-so-surprising development, Congress now has a microscopic approval rating of 10%, reports MSNBC. And a Qunnipiac poll has House Republicans' approval ratings at an all-time low of 17%, with Democrats at 32%.