WASHINGTON, Sept 30 U.S. Senate Democrats late
on Monday rejected a last-ditch proposal by House of
Representatives Republicans to establish a negotiating panel to
work out a deal on an emergency spending bill and quickly end a
looming government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not enter
such a negotiation "with a gun to our head" as government
funding was running out in less than one hour. Reid called on
Republicans to instead pass a Senate-approved measure that would
keep the government funded through Nov. 15.
While a government shutdown now seemed inevitable, some
House Republicans were predicting that their leaders eventually
will relent and allow a straight-forward extension of federal
funding without add-ons, such as changes to Obamacare.