Senate Rejects House Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22:  U.S. Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) (R) speaks as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) listens during a news conference September 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate Democratic leaders discussed the Disaster Relief Funding at the news conference.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    As expected, the Senate rejected a spending bill passed late last night by the House. This was House Speaker John Boehner's second attempt to pass a stopgap bill that paired disaster relief with cuts. The first was shot down by House Democrats, who wanted a clean relief bill with no cuts, and by conservative House Republicans, who wanted more cuts. The new bill contained an additional $100 million in cuts from a loan program that funded the bankrupt solar-panel company Solyndra. Without a deal, the fund for disaster relief will run out of money early next week, and the government will shut down Oct. 1.

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