The government shut down at midnight Tuesday because lawmakers couldn’t agree on a funding bill. Reid blamed the shutdown on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) because he won’t allow an up-or-down vote on the Senate’s “clean” continuing resolution (CR).
Reid and other Democrats said if the House would first pass a “clean” funding bill, then they would be willing to enter negotiations on a long-term measure.
“Pass the legislation to reopen the government and then we’ll talk about anything they want to talk about,” Reid said.
It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1997.