Senate leader: House must act first on government spending bill

WASHINGTON Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:02pm EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks about ''Ending Senate Gridlock'' at the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks about ''Ending Senate Gridlock'' at the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington July 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that legislation to keep the federal government operating beyond September 30 must be passed in the House of Representatives before the Senate would consider a measure.

"It's up to the House. We're waiting for them to act. Until they act, we're going to do nothing," said Reid, the Senate's top Democrat.

Republicans in the House are fighting among themselves over how to pass a bill to fund the government in the next fiscal year that begins on October 1 and whether to attach a measure to either kill or delay the new national healthcare law known as "Obamacare" that they oppose.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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