U.S. Senator Reed presses for bipartisan action

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Following disarray in the House of Representatives Tuesday, bipartisan negotations to end the shutdown and prevent a default crisis were stalled.

In response, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“This
shutdown and political brinksmanship is hurting the economy.  It's time
for it to stop.  The Senate passed a bill to open the government weeks
ago and it sits on
the Speaker of the House's desk.  The Senate tried to pass a bill to
prevent default this Saturday and it was filibustered.  I am willing to
support sensible proposals that open the government and prevent the
economic calamity of default, but the House needs
to come to the middle ground as Republican and Democratic Senate
leaders proposed yesterday.  The American people deserve to have their
government reopened and the country's creditworthiness preserved, and
I'm hopeful we can get a common-sense agreement to
do so.”

(C) WLNE-TV 2013