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WASHINGTON, DC (FOX13) -

Another day of political maneuvering on Capitol Hill passes without a deal.

"This is madness," said U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis). "I hoped coming into this week that there had been a method to the madness. Apparently there's only madness."

House Republicans proposed their own plan to reopen the government but pulled it from the floor Tuesday night.
President Obama and Senate Democrats said it was dead on arrival.

Congressman Cohen said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) needs to push a bare bones plan to open the government and raise the debt limit.

"We are supposed to help create jobs and buffer the economy," Rep. Cohen said. "Instead we are acting against the best interest of the American people."

But Tea Party Republicans are standing strong they want concessions on Obamacare along with spending cuts.

"I know the American people are frustrated because I'm frustrated," said U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), who added his party won't roll over.

"We got into this disagreement over funding for Obamacare and I think that is the symptom," Rep. Nunnelee added. "But the bigger issue is as a nation we cannot continue to borrow money from our grandchildren to fund our government of today."
 
As things fell apart in the House, several Senators were meeting behind closed doors. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Miss.) is one of 14 Senators trying to work out a way forward.

"This has to be resolved," Sen. Pryor said. "I mean we cannot play games with the US economy, cannot play games with the US credit rating. You just can't do that. It's incredibly irresponsible that they've allowed us to do it."

Sen. Pryor wants a long term solution to break the cycle of budget showdowns.

"I'm willing to open up some issues that some Democrats don't want to open up," he said. "We've have got to find ways to do this and ways to make it happen."

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