Time for another game of congressional chicken over a government shutdown

The Democratic-led Senate, which on Friday blocked a GOP House measure to fund the government through Nov. 18, will vote late Monday on its own version of the bill.

The Senate bill includes dollars for disaster relief without an offsetting spending cut elsewhere that the House GOP demands…

Warner and Alexander, who have been pushing for more bipartisan cooperation over the far more difficult and consequential task of deficit reduction, appeared weary over the mess. Warner called it “embarrassing.”

“I don’t like this business of sitting around blaming each other over such small potatoes,” Alexander said.

It is not clear how the dispute will be resolved. A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that leaders have been in touch, but other congressional aides said there was no progress toward a compromise over the weekend.

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