Democrats reject latest US budget deal
15 October 2013 Last updated at 23:31 BST
US Democrats have rejected a proposal from House of Representatives Republicans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government.
The White House criticised what it called an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives, but praised a parallel bipartisan Senate plan.
Negotiations have temporarily come to a halt and a leading credit agency has said it is reviewing America's debt rating as the political chaos grinds on.
Mark Mardell reports from Washington.