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House GOP plan on debt, budget appeals to few, stalls resolution

House GOP plan on debt, budget appeals to few, stalls resolution

Speaker of the House John Boehner, fuming aides say because he feels “left out” of the budget negotiations nearing completion in the Senate, unveiled a House plan today that received at best lukewarm reception among Republicans and was dismissed as “too partisan” by many. “It can’t pass the Senate and it won’t pass the Senate,” […]

Agreement on new deal stalled, won’t meet optimistic predictions

Agreement on new deal stalled, won’t meet optimistic predictions

Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell predictions that they could reach agreement Tuesday on a deal to reopen the government and avoid a debt-increase stalemate that could result in a first-ever default on debt and obligations proved too optimistic. The pact, if approved by both the House and Senate and signed by President Barack […]

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Yes, American voters are mad at just about everyone in Washington but most of the blame falls on the Republicans and their extreme right-wing agendas. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget and the government shutdown — […]

Reid claims progress towards a deal after meeting with McConnell

Reid claims progress towards a deal after meeting with McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) claims progress towards an agreement to both avoid default on government obligations and end a government shutdown now into its third week after a closed-door meeting today with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Emerging from the meeting, Reid said “we’re getting closer” but would not go into details and said […]

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 […]

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills. With House leaders sidelined, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch […]

Senate takes lead in financial crisis as debt limit deadline looms

Senate takes lead in financial crisis as debt limit deadline looms

Racing the calendar and the financial markets, Senate leaders have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. “This should be seen as something very positive, even though we don’t have anything done yet, and long ways to go,” Senate Majority Leader Harry […]

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week. “We haven’t done anything yet” by way of compromise, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after Senate leaders took control […]

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

The focus of efforts to end the government shutdown and prevent a U.S. default shifted to the Senate on Saturday, where leaders were in talks aimed at resolving the twin stalemates. Word of the negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, emerged as the Senate, […]

As talks between Obama and House stall, Senate works on a plan

As talks between Obama and House stall, Senate works on a plan

With talks having stalled between the White House and House Republicans, a bipartisan group in the Senate is polishing a measure that would reopen the government and prevent a first-ever default on the country’s bills. The negotiations in the Senate come as the chamber meets in a rare Saturday session to vote on a Democratic […]