U.S. Senate Democrat reject negotiation 'with gun to our head'

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats lateon Monday rejected a last-ditch proposal by House ofRepresentatives Republicans to establish a negotiating panel towork out a deal on an emergency spending bill and quickly end alooming government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not entersuch a negotiation "with a gun to our head" as governmentfunding was running out in less than one hour. Reid called onRepublicans to instead pass a Senate-approved measure that wouldkeep the government funded through Nov. 15.

While a government shutdown now seemed inevitable, someHouse Republicans were predicting that their leaders eventuallywill relent and allow a straight-forward extension of federalfunding without add-ons, such as changes to Obamacare.

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