reid_image_606wCongress has officially returned to business after a week-long recess, but there is no new sign of serious negotiations to avert sequestration on Friday.

In opening remarks for the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) challenged Republican claims that President Obama is responsible for the looming, $85 billion across-the-board spending cuts because the White House proposed the idea during the 2011 debt fight.Reid noted that  Democratic and Republican lawmakers voted to approve the proposal.