Shutdown watching the Senate

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:11am

Hope for a deal to avoid default and reopen the government now lies with the Senate. Danielle Leigh reports.

(NBC News) Hope for a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default now lies with the Senate.

Many lawmakers there are frustrated a big deal has eluded them.

"All we do is start and go, and then we stop, and then we stop and we never get going forward on a real long term deal," complains Alaska Senator Mark Begich.

Several Senators are pushing for a bipartisan plan led by Maine's Senator Susan Collins.

That proposal would reopen the government, raise the debt limit through January and give Republicans some reforms to Obamacare.

It would also give Democrats flexibility in dealing with automatic spending cuts.

"It is a good template," says West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. "It takes into consideration everyone's needs and concerns."

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