The government shutdown's third day is off to a noisy beginning, but, for now at least, Congress is all talk and no deal.
The Senate is sitting on a series of House bills that would reopen parts of the government—national parks and museums, Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health—and provide funding for the District of Columbia.
But Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he and his caucus have no intention of backing off their original demand: that the House pass the Senate bill that would extend funding for the entire government without making any policy changes. And so when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell requested the Senate pass the House measures by unanimous consent, Reid objected.
All the while, both the House and Senate floors are serving as soapboxes for angry lawmakers, as Democrats and Republicans trade blame for a shutdown that has produced widespread public disgust.
We'll keep you updated throughout the day as the action progresses.
UPDATE 10:58: Here come the shutdown ads.
Heritage Action for America announced Thursday it was purchasing $400,000 in digital ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014 for supporting Obamacare. The buy targets Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina—all states that Mitt Romney won.
The 15-second ads can be seen here. (Shane Goldmacher)
UPDATE: 10:55 a.m.: Day 3 in the Senate Looks Like More of the Same
Senate leaders took to the floor Thursday morning to repeat similar talking points and hint that the now-three-day-old government shutdown will not likely end for several days. Majority Leader Harry Reid's target: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. "It's time to defy your tea-party overlord," Reid said. He continued a trope used by the Democratic National Committee during his remarks, saying, "Sen. Cruz is now joint speaker. He lectures the House like he sometimes lectures here."
For his part, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., focused on the supposed failures of the exchange rollout of Obamacare, and said the meeting between congressional leaders and the president "wasn't particularly encouraging." He also took a shot at President Obama, who he said was "campaigning" on Thursday. The president is in neighboring Rockville, Md., visiting a construction company. (Matt Vasilogambros)
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