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Reid reminds senators of civility rules when addressing each other

Reid said senators needed to do a better job of referring to each other in the third person through the chair. Lately, some Democrats have come to the floor to criticize Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who Democrats say, have forced a government shutdown because of their fight against ObamaCare.

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“The rules are here to keep senators civil,” Reid said. “The Senate rules preserve distance so senators are more likely to debate ideas and not personalities.

“We’ve fallen out of this habit. I’ll work harder, and I hope my senators will work to their best to maintain these habits of civility and decorum.”

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. House Republicans have tried to use the funding measure to defund and repeal parts of ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said the House needs to pass a “clean” CR without any riders.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996.

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