House Republicans look for a way out of fiscal impasse
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 01:32
Oct. 15 - The U.S. Senate suspended its fiscal negotiations, waiting for Republicans in the House of Representatives to hash out a plan they can agree to amongst themselves. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives met on Tuesday to a find their way out of a fiscal impasse.
They floated a plan to reopen the federal government, partially shut down since October 1.
But the party rank and file rejected it, raising questions about what the House can pass.
House Speaker John Boehner:
SOUNDBITE: HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER SAYING:
"There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about exactly what we will do."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims the Republican plan was meant to "appease" conservative Tea Party Republicans.
SOUNDBITE: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYING:
"We felt we were blind-sided by the news from the House…I'm very disappointed with John Boehner."
But Arizona Republican Senator John McCain came to Boehner's defense.
McCain has blamed House Republicans for the shutdown.
On Tuesday, he blasted the White House and Senate Democrats for rejecting the Republican plan.
SOUNDBITE: SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ) SAYING:
"To categorically reject what the House of Representatives and the Speaker are doing - and I think he is pretty courageous in what he's doing - in my view is not serving the American people."
Tuesday's development in the House complicates prospects for a deal with the Democratically-controlled Senate, one that the White House, too, can accept.
President Barack Obama met with the House Democratic leadership on Tuesday.
But all eyes are on House Republicans.
The Senate suspended its fiscal debates, waiting for John Boehner to hash out a plan that can pass in his own House.
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