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Senate rejects House proposal to convene conference committee to resolve spending bill gridlock

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The Senate on Tuesday rejected a House proposal to convene a special committee of lawmakers to work out a compromise on a spending plan needed to reopen the federal government. A partial government shutdown is underway after Congress failed to pass a funding measure for the 2014 fiscal year that began at midnight. The Senate voted along party lines, 54 to 46, to table the House plan,...