The Senate is in session but there is little to indicate a resolution is at hand for the political stalemate that has caused a partial government shutdown and raises the specter of a government default by Thursday.
Some Senate Democrats came to the floor not long after the Senate was gaveled to order at 1 p.m. EDT. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin of Michigan criticized their Republican colleagues, accusing them of blocking attempts to find a compromise to end the budget impasse.
Earlier reports said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, were holding discussions aimed at finding a solution to the problem. But nothing has yet emerged from those meetings.