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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Updated: October 1, 2013, 12:13 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in no uncertain terms said Senate Democrats would not go to a conference committee with House Republicans unless they send a clean continuing resolution to the Senate.

"We will not go to conference with a gun to our head," Reid said late Monday night on the Senate floor. "The first thing the House has to do is pass a clean six-week C.R. They have that before them they can do that right now."

Earlier in the evening the House Rules Committee began meeting to discuss a rule that would let House Republicans request a conference committee with the Senate to negotiate a government funding bill. That move came with little more than an hour hour left before the deadline to prevent a government shutdown.

Reid reiterated in his floor remarks that the only way for Republicans to work with Democrats was if they passed a clean continuing resolution.

"We will not go to conference until we get a clean CR," Reid said, reiterating the Democrats' line to demand a bill that would continue to fund the government at current levels.

After Reid, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Reid's lieutenants in the chamber, came to the floor to echo Reid's message.

UPDATE 12:13 p.m. ET:

Shortly after midnight Reid announced that the Senate would adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's request to end a lawsuit by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which argues that President Barack Obama used his executive powers to stop certain documents from being released to Congress concerning the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Holder's request to dismiss the case on Monday, according to Politico.

"Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies," Jackson wrote in her opinion.

The request was made after the Justice Department did not follow subpoenas from the House of Representatives to turn over information about Operation Fast and Furious, an operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, aimed at gun trafficking. The oversight investigation claims that the operation allowed as many as 2,000 guns fell into the hands of "narcotraffickers," according to Politico.

Twelve Republicans broke ranks with their House colleagues and voted against the House's latest continuing resolution proposal.

The twelve Republicans were Reps. Phil Gingrey (GA), Peter King (NY), Thomas Massie (KY), Paul Broun (GA.), Jo Barton (TX), Mike Rogers (AL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Kay Granger (TX), Charlie Dent (PA), Mario Diaz Balart (FL), Steve King (IA), and Michele Bachmann (MN).

The House still passed the continuing resolution, 228 to 201.

Nine Democrats broke with their party on the bill and voted for it: Ron Barber (AZ), John Barrow (GA), Steven Horsford (NV), Dan Maffei (NY), Sean Maloney (NY), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Raul Ruiz (CA), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ).

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) carries quotes of former Republican leaders in his pocket of how long Republicans have opposed health care reform, dating all the way back to Medicare.

Reid tweeted out the picture on Monday, as the House is poised to vote on a continuing resolution that will fund the government only if a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act is also implemented. 

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room Monday afternoon at 4:45pm ET.

Obama's statement is likely a response to the latest developments in the ongoing congressional fight over passing legislation that would continue to fund the government. Earlier in the day the Senate rejected a House Republicans amendment to a government bill in a vote of 54 to 46.

Senate Democrats strongly criticized congressional Republicans for refusing to agree to a government funding bill with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) saying Democrats are dealing with "anarchists" who "hate the government." 

"Understand we're dealing with anarchists," Reid said Monday. "They hate government."

Reid said Democrats would do "everything in their power" to help federal employees and pass a "clean" CR, which would continue current government spending levels. 

"We are not going to do anything other than wait for them to pass our CR because otherwise government's going to shutdown. 

Reid was speaking at a press conference on Monday shortly after his chamber rejected the House's government funding proposal. The majority leader was flanked by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA). 

Schumer said Republicans weren't actually compromising like they said when they were offering to pass a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare instead of delaying it. 

"That's like saying 'we're compromising, instead of cutting both your arms off, we're cutting just one of your arms off. Aren't we great?! '" Schumer said.

"Never before, never before in our history has one party threatened a government shutdown if they don't get a hundred percent of what they want on an issue totally unrelated to the budget," Schumer said.  "Rather than doing the right thing and abandoning the hard right, Speaker Boehner is holding out the forlorn hope that by sending us new demands day in and day out Democrats will capitulate. He's wrong, and we won't."

Schumer said if Democrats concede to Republicans "an inch on the CR, they'll take a mile on the debt ceiling." 

"The hard right will say 'see! they gave in!' And they'll do the same thing on the full-length CR in September," Schumer said. "We won't be extorted now, we won't be extorted two weeks from now, we won't be extorted in December." 

The Justice Department formally announced its plans to sue North Carolina over the state's new controversial package of voter identification law on Monday. North Carolina joins Texas as states where the Justice Department is testing the limits of its power to prevent voter discrimination since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in June.

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice argue that four provisions of North Carolina's new voter ID law are aimed at keeping minorities from voting. The Justice Department complaint, which will be filed in North Carolina's Middle District, contends that the law denies the right to vote based on "race, color, or membership in a language minority group."

"The North Carolina law includes troubling new restrictions such as provisions that will reduce early voting days, eliminate same-day registration during early voting, and pose a restrictive photo identification requirement for in-person voting and also prohibit the counting of otherwise legitimate provisional ballots that are mistakenly cast in the right county but in the wrong precinct," Holder said at a press conference Monday.

"The Justice Department expects to show that the clear and intended effects of these changes would contract the electorate and result in the unequal access to the participation in the political process on account of race," Holder said.

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The Senate rejected House Republicans' amendments to a government funding bill in a vote of 54 to 46 on Monday.

The Senate's vote to strip the provisions that would have delayed the Obama administration's healthcare reform law for one year and repealed the medical device tax means the House is once again in the spotlight on passing a bill that funds the government.

A simple majority was needed to defeat the bill.

Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) reelection campaign is airing a new ad warning of the consequences of Democrats taking control of Texas.

The one-minute ad envisioned what would happen if Democrats took control of the state legislature and other offices and passed a host of Democratic-favored policies like a new state income tax and new environmental regulations. A voiceover in the ad said Texans would leave the state and the economy would suffer.

"President Obama and his liberal allies want to turn Texas blue," Cornyn said in the ad. "But what does that mean? Look at California and Detroit. It means higher taxes, higher unemployment and a government drowning in debt. As your senator and a proud Texan I'll continue to take the fight to President Obama, to keep Texas strong and on the path to prosperity and freedom."

The ad, which the Texas Tribune first highlighted on Monday, also features images of state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who plans to announce her candidacy for governor this week.

You can watch the ad here.

The House of Representatives plans to vote on its new government funding proposal that also includes a one-year delay of Obamacare and a medical device tax on Saturday night. Watch the debate here:

 

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