Senate Rejects Conference Committee Negotiation With House!

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From HuffPo ….

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans gave up trying to keep the government open as the clock ticked to midnight Monday, opting instead to try to appoint a “conference committee” to come up with a funding measure.

“We will not go to conference with a gun to our head,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. He said Tuesday would “be a bad day for government,” but a “day of celebration” for the tea party.”

The House move meant abandoning the back-and-forth that gripped the House and Senate all day as the GOP-led lower chamber insisted on offering government funding bills that chipped away at the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate voted down the last bid shortly before 10 p.m., leaving the House the option of passing a “clean” six-week funding bill just in time to stave off a shutdown.

House GOP leaders decided not to, and shifted tactics…

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