Reid: working with Republicans to reopen U.S. govt, raise debt limit


WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority LeaderHarry Reid said he would work throughout Sunday with SenateRepublican leader Mitch McConnell to get a deal to reopen thegovernment and extend U.S. borrowing authority.

Reid, speaking on the Senate floor, also denied Republicancharges that Democrats were trying to exceed spending caps froma 2011 budget law in the talks, adding that they were willing tosupport current levels through Nov. 15. But in talks about alonger extension of government funding, Democrats have insistedon some relief from the across-the-board "sequester" spendingcuts.

"We're in conversation today," Reid said of his discussionswith McConnell. "I'm confident that Republicans will allow thegovernment to open and extend the ability of this country to payits bills. And I'm going to do everything that I can throughoutthe day to accomplish just this. It's important that we do this.We must do this. It's the height of hypocrisy to not pay ourbills."

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