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Possible vote on raising U.S. debt in coming week

Possible vote on raising U.S. debt in coming week

Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives have penciled in a possible vote next week on legislation to raise the debt limit, a sign that they are moving closer to deciding whether to try to attach conditions to any increase. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Friday left a spot open in his weekly […]

Turn out the lights. John Boehner’s party as Speaker is over

Turn out the lights.  John Boehner’s party as Speaker is over

Talk to any Republican, conservative or moderate, and they will say privately that John Boehner‘s future as Speaker of the House ended Tuesday night when the House failed to even vote on a flawed GOP bill to reopen the government and avert a default on America’s debt. “He’s dead.  His effectiveness is gone,” says one […]

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday after Obama and top administration officials met for […]

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 […]

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

With their leadership clinging to its strategy of demanding changes to the health care law, some rank-and-file Republicans acknowledged Saturday that ending the US government shutdown requires a new game plan. Without question, a repeal or delay of the law known as “Obamacare” remains a top priority for Republican lawmakers, who for weeks have insisted […]

Congress set to grant back pay to federal workers idled by shutdown

Congress set to grant back pay to federal workers idled by shutdown

A partial government shutdown enters its fifth day, with Congress convening for a session that promises no progress in breaking the impasse but will at least offer back pay to furloughed federal workers. The GOP House is scheduled Saturday to vote on legislation backed by the White House and congressional Democrats that would make sure […]

No progress towards ending shutdown stalemate

No progress towards ending shutdown stalemate

The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks. A funding cutoff for much of the government began […]

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in cuts annually to […]

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