House Speaker John A. Boehner's proposal for a six-week extension of the debt limit fell flat in the Senate Thursday evening, where members of both parties were clamoring to end the government shutdown, now in its 11th day.

As the House prepared to vote on Boehner's proposal Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was holding meetings with his rank and file to develop a competing proposal to re-open the government and raise the federal debt limit for as long as three months.