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Congressional failures lead to government shutdown

Congressional failures lead to government shutdown

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums […]

GOP resolve fading as government shutdown nears

GOP resolve fading as government shutdown nears

Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as the Senate swatted aside the latest tea party-driven demand to delay the nation’s health care overhaul in exchange for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight. Even in advance of the 54-46 party-line Senate vote, the stock market dropped as fears spread that the first shutdown […]

American government lies on the brink of shutdown

American government lies on the brink of shutdown

Posturing, games and politics left the American government on the brink of shutting down Sunday after the House of Representatives approved a Republican bill seeking to delay President Barack Obama’s health care law. Congress now has less than 48 hours to strike a deal that keeps the government open, but the ping-ponging of legislation is […]

Will either side blink? Don’t bet on it happening

Will either side blink?  Don’t bet on it happening

With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president’s health care law. Congress was closed for the day after a post-midnight vote in the GOP-run House to delay by a year key parts of the […]

The games continue on Capitol Hill

The games continue on Capitol Hill

The political and economic stakes mounting with each tick of the clock, the White House and congressional Democrats say a House-approved delay in President Barack Obama’s health care law does nothing but push Washington to the brink of the first government shutdown in 17 years. Neither side showed signs of surrender early Sunday after the […]

Republicans feeling the heat

Republicans feeling the heat

Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The weekend session comes after the Senate on […]

Obama’s hardball stance: ‘Make my day’

Obama’s hardball stance: ‘Make my day’

This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts. It’s a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. Brinkmanship between Obama […]

Senate OK of budget bill will not end fight

Senate OK of budget bill will not end fight

A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate is ready to approve legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure that the battle will spill into the weekend at least, and quite possibly beyond. The result: a high-stakes showdown […]

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare from the bill. As the Senate telegraphed its moves, House Republicans deliberated an array of imperfect options on both a temporary spending bill required to […]

Republicans approve killing Obamacare as part of move to avoid government shutdown

Republicans approve killing Obamacare as part of move to avoid government shutdown

Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve — and simultaneously prevent a partial government shutdown that neither party claims to want. “The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they […]

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