Leahy: Stop the ‘silly season’ and reopen government

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on funding the government, which has been shut down for more than a week. House Republicans have tried to use the issue to defund and repeal parts of ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said the House needs to pass a “clean” continuing resolution without any conditions.

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“Stop the silly season; stop the games,” Leahy said. “Let’s reopen.”

Lawmakers are also working against an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the nation's borrowing limit. 

The Treasury and the White House have warned that if the limit is not lifted, the government could default on its debt and fall into another recession. 

House Republicans have proposed raising raise the debt ceiling for six weeks in order to avoid a default and forming a conference committee to work on the budget and reopening government, but senators from both parties have said they want the government reopened before continuing negotiations.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in.