John Boehner

Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats. Stocks got a case of the jitters on Wall Street, and halfway around the world China stressed the importance for […]

Budget fight a crash course on how Congress fails to function

Budget fight a crash course on how Congress fails to function

If majorities in both the House and Senate would vote to reopen the government with no strings attached, or vote to repeal the new health care law’s sales tax on heart pacemakers and MRI machines, then why isn’t that happening? The rancorous budget fight offers a crash course in the arcane ways and language of […]

Short-term debt limit hike under consideration by Senate Democrats

Short-term debt limit hike under consideration by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to raise the nation’s debt limit without the type of unrelated conditions that Republicans have said they intend to demand, officials said Monday, as the White House signaled it would accept even a brief extension in borrowing authority to prevent an unprecedented default. The details of the emerging measure were […]

The government shutdown without end enters second week

The government shutdown without end enters second week

The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. Washington will be closely watching the financial markets […]

Divided Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt fight

Divided Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt fight

As the U.S. government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked U.S. Congress also confronted an October 17 deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing power or risk default. The last big confrontation over the debt ceiling, in August, 2011, ended with an eleventh-hour agreement under […]

Defiant Boehner to Obama: No concessions, no hike in debt limit

Defiant Boehner to Obama: No concessions, no hike in debt limit

The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government’s debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. With no resolution in sight, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that Congress is […]

Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government’s expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted millions of Americans when […]

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 […]

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

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