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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 […]

House GOP offers new plan to reopen government, avoid default

House GOP offers new plan to reopen government, avoid default

House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday. Republicans also seek changes in the three-year-old health care law known as Obamacare as part of an end to an impasse that […]

Efforts to avoid default on debt torpedoed by Senate Democrats

Efforts to avoid default on debt torpedoed by Senate Democrats

Urgent efforts to prevent an economy-tanking U.S. default rose and then retreated with astonishing speed Thursday, as House Republicans floated a compromise and the White House appeared amenable, only for Senate Democrats to declare it unacceptable. “Not going to happen,” declared Majority Leader Harry Reid, standing outside the White House after he and fellow Democrats […]

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 […]

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that […]