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House Republicans have called for budget negotiations and appointed members to participate in a House-Senate conference. Why won’t Reid appoint Senate conferees for talks?
The Democrats considered this a last-minute ploy just hours before the government shutdown last Monday. Senate Democrats led by Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington state repeatedly have asked for formal budget negotiations over the past six months. Murray had the backing of several Senate Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has led the fight to dismantle the health care law, objected. Reid has made reopening the government first a condition for budget negotiations.
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