BC-FEDBUDGET-SHUTDOWN-2ND-LEDE-ADV17:TBW — national, itop, page1 (1350 words)
Government shutdown: Boehner’s effort collapses in House
WASHINGTON — A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility for Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget.
The failure leaves a bipartisan Senate plan negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the sole way out of a stalemate that risks a U.S. default on its bills and huge economic disruptions.
A bill that passed the Senate would receive Democratic support in the House, guaranteeing a majority, if Boehner were willing to bring it to the floor without the backing of a majority of Republicans. He is widely expected to do so, however, having run out of time for other options.
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