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Senate Leaders Move To Forefront In Efforts To Reach Budget Agreement

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In the painstaking back and forth that has characterized efforts to resolve a political stalemate, the ball now is back in the Senate's court. In the painstaking back and forth that has characterized efforts to resolve a political stalemate, the ball now is back in the Senate's court.
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In the painstaking back and forth that has characterized efforts to resolve a political stalemate, the ball now is back in the Senate's court.

The federal government now is in its 13th day of sharply curtailed operations, with many agencies and programs shut down amid a fight between Democrats and Republicans over national spending priorities and the health program that critics deride as "Obamacare."

On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Democrat and Republican respectively, moved forward with discussions aimed at resolving the impasse. Reid said he was encouraged with how the discussions started, but he also told reporters that the two sides have, quote, "a long way to go."

The Senate is due to go into session at 1 p.m. EDT today.

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