House, Senate clash anew over disaster aid bill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, after the House rejected a measure Wednesday providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to keep the government running through mid-November. Pelosi holds a letter of support for her efforts from the Chamber of Commerce. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

September 23, 2011 8:15:17 AM PDT
Congress' latest must-pass bill is prompting a new House-Senate showdown, highlighting a partisan rift so raw that an effort to help disaster victims has become mired in disputes over jobs, the national debt and the discredited Solyndra solar energy company.