GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: New Measure Fails To Pass

It’s Saturday in Washington D.C. but lawmakers at Capitol Hill do not have the day off.

The Senate voted on a debt limit bill on Saturday but was unable to get it passed.

The Senate voted down a democratic measure that would have extended the government’s ability to borrow money through next year.

The vote was cast closely to party lines, 53-45.  The measure fell just seven votes short of the 60 that it needed to pass.

Meanwhile, Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that his talks with President Obama have fizzled.  House Republicans said the President has rejected a short-term deal from them that would raise the nation’s borrowing limit but do nothing to end the shutdown.

During his weekly address, President Obama had this to see about the ongoing situation.

“It wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season,” said President Obama.

“Because danger to America’s sterling credit rating wouldn’t just cause global markets to go haywire; it would become more expensive for everyone in America to borrow money,” Obama said.

Saturday marked day 12 of the government shutdown and hundreds of Tea Party members reported to the National Mall to help clean up.

The group assembled at the Capitol and then got down to work.

The volunteers went out with rakes and garbage bags to pick up trash around the monuments.  The group was encouraged not to bring political signs.

Federal workers who typically clean and protect the monuments have been furloughed.