The top Republican in the Senate says Democrats controlling the chamber need to offer a new solution to the debt crisis instead of focusing on killing a plan that House Republicans are struggling to pass.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Democratic leader Harry Reid is blowing the chances for the House measure _ and McConnell says it largely follows parameters Reid negotiated this past weekend. That bill blends $900 billion worth of spending cuts with a companion increase in the government's borrowing cap.
Reid has instead called up his own version, which would raise the debt limit by three times as much and is opposed by Republicans.
McConnell says that Senate Democrats ought to start taking their responsibilities as a majority party a little more seriously.