White House calls GOP debt limit extension offer ‘encouraging’

White House calls GOP debt limit extension offer ‘encouraging’

The White House says House Speaker John Boehner‘s proposal for a short-term deal to increase the nation’s borrowing limit is an “encouraging sign.” Spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama prefers a longer agreement to lift the debt ceiling and wants Republicans to pass a spending bill to reopen the federal government. But he did […]

Boehner offers six week extension on debt limit, but…

Boehner offers six week extension on debt limit, but…

Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue. Obama has insisted the debt […]

Obama hoping to reach solution with Republicans on shutdown

Obama hoping to reach solution with Republicans on shutdown

President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. The White House meeting, set for Thursday, comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed to calm jittery stock and bond […]

Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP leadership and a tea party insisting that a federal spending plan to keep the government open must delay or defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now, with the partial government shutdown stretching into its second week, […]

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

The government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that’s a small percentage, […]

Charity picks up tab for military death benefits

Charity picks up tab for military death benefits

The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown. “The Fisher House Foundation will provide the families of the fallen with the benefits they so richly deserve,” Defense […]

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped. Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in […]