US lawmakers grapple with budget impasse under default cloud
WASHINGTON (AFP) - All eyes turned to the US Senate Sunday to work out a deal to remove the threat of a historic default with just days before the United States reaches its borrowing limit.
The Senate convened for a rare Sunday session, grappling with an impasse that has shut the US government for nearly two weeks, sending tremors of concern around the world.
With the United States projected to hit the limit of its borrowing authority on Oct 17, political leaders on both sides were maneuvering with increasing urgency to find a way out of the crisis, but with little to show so far.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would be meeting later in the day with his Republican counterpart, Mr Mitch McConnell, on the impasse, their second talks in as many days.