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Gridlock in the Senate, progress in the House

December 12, 2013 • National News


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. A budget agreement, between Republicans and Democrats. No threats to repeal this or shut down that. Gridlock, it appeared, had taken a holiday in the bitterly polarized, Republican-run House. But across the Capitol, the high-minded Senate remains in the grip of partisan warfare as Republicans launch an around-the-clock talkathon in response to Democratic curbs on the GOP’s power to block presidential nominations. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that.

Gridlock, however briefly, took an early holiday in the bitterly polarized, Republican-run House.

But across the Capitol, the high-minded Senate remained in the grip of some of the worst partisan warfare in its history after majority Democrats curbed the Republicans’ power. A round-the-clock talkathon is the result, putting no one in the mood for cooperation. Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened to shorten the Senate’s cherished Christmas vacation if need be.

A Republican called his bluff. “What’s new about that? What’s even threatening about that?” challenged Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.

Traditionally effective prods to action are often less so in the divided, crisis-managed Congress. Lawmakers have lurched from sequester to shutdown over spending, national health care and more in the Login to read more

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