Oct 15, 2013 — The House tried twice to craft a proposal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, but both failed to find traction within the GOP. Now, the Senate has restarted talks of its own. The bottom line, however, is that with just hours to go before the U.S. tops its borrowing authority, there's no solid plan on the table.
Jan 6, 2011 — The Senate's top Republican held out hope of working with Obama on entitlement and tax reform. His Republicans are willing to talk. But his conciliatory tone belied the fierce partisan battle that's expected between the White House and GOP.
Dec 1, 2010 — The Senate GOP warned Sen. Reid they will filibuster all bills except those for tax cuts and debt.
Nov 3, 2010 — Sen. DeMint warned Republican senators-elect that the GOP establishment would try to co-opt them. He urged them not to let that happen. Which places him in conflict with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose goal is to co-opt them.