Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Representative Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, died on Friday more than a week after announcing his plans to retire, his family said in a statement. He was 82. Young, a 22-term congressman and the former chairman of the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, died at 6:50 p.m. ET (2250 GMT), […]

And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But within the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the budget showdown was […]

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Senate negotiations to bring a fiscal crisis to an end showed signs of progress on Sunday, but there were no guarantees the federal government shutdown was about to end or that a historic debt default would be avoided. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned of “massive disruption” to the global economy if the U.S. debt ceiling, […]

Senate Majority Leader ‘confident’ deal will be reached in fiscal crisis

Senate Majority Leader ‘confident’ deal will be reached in fiscal crisis

Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington. “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I’m confident that Republicans will allow the government to open and extend the ability of this […]

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

President Barack Obama will stay out of the public eye on Sunday as Senate leaders try to work out an elusive deal ahead of a Thursday deadline for lifting the U.S. government debt ceiling. Just before noon, the White House gave the pool of reporters and photographers who travel with the president notice that it […]

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War. Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid […]

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered. The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing […]

Obama to Republicans: Open government, raise debt ceiling

Obama to Republicans: Open government, raise debt ceiling

President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal. The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who control the House of Representatives has idled hundreds of […]