The Senate reconvened Wednesday sounding a lot like it did Tuesday--Democrats and Republicans accusing each other of irresponsibly shutting down the government.
Republicans have tried for days to keep the government running, but have attached strings that Democrats won't accept. "None of their wacky ideas are any closer to becoming law," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in his opening Senate speech.
"Instead of reading the writing on the wall, Republicans have turned to a new idea: Cherry pick a few parts of what they like," he said. House of Representatives Republicans tried Tuesday to keep open certain parts of the government.
Have hope, Reid said. "I believe reasonable Republicans, I hope, are desperately looking for a way out."
Absolutely, said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in his opening remarks.
"Two days into this thing, they still refuse to budget," McConnell said of Democrats. "The president reiterated again yesterday he's not interested in talking. The Majority Leader has made it clear he's not interested in talking either.'