Budget Battle

October 7, 2013 - 2:35 PM
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clean CR. Discharge petition. Motion to appoint conferees. The rancorous budget fight in Washington offers a crash course in the arcane ways and language of Congress, with many Americans unnerved by the government shutdown not only trying to figure out what’s going on but what lawmakers are talking about in the daily operations in the House and Senate. The stalemate also has cast a spotlight on the institutional power of two men _ House Speaker John Boehner and Reid _ and whether they can act unilaterally as their political foes insist. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)