Washington (CNN)–The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a measure to extend government spending for three more weeks until April 8. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration before the current spending authorization expires on Friday. On March 1, just six House Republicans voted against the first resolution to keep government running, but 54 Republicans voted against the measure passed by the House on Tuesday.
TOPICS: Federal budget deficit, government shutdown
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Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say that a federal government shutdown would be bad for the country, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that Democrats and Republicans don't see eye to eye on the issue, and self-described Tea Party movement supporters say such a shutdown, even for a long period of time, would be a good thing. The poll's Tuesday release came just before the House of Representatives voted to continue funding the federal government for three weeks, a major step towards temporarily avoiding a possible government shutdown.
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Washington (CNN) – The number two House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, whose Maryland district includes a nuclear power facility, told reporters Tuesday he doesn't support a moratorium on construction of any new nuclear facilities in the United States, a proposal some Democrats are pushing in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.
"I don't agree on a moratorium if a moratorium means that we simply stop in place," Hoyer told reporters Tuesday.
(CNN) – Former Vice President Al Gore will pen a new policy book, publisher Random House announced Tuesday.
The book will focus on "the political, social and economic forces that are shaping what America and the world will become in ensuing decades," according to the publisher's press release.
Washington (CNN) – While acknowledging mounting opposition from conservative Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House would pass a three-week stopgap spending bill that averts a government shutdown to allow further talks on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year.
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on the temporary extension of the continuing resolution that funds the government. If approved, the measure would go to the Senate.
(CNN)- Nevada Rep. Dean Heller told supporters Tuesday he intends to run for the seat being vacated by scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign, a boost to national Republicans who view Heller as the best hope to keep the seat under GOP control.
"I know that the tough times are not yet over. However, I also know that there are better times ahead," wrote Heller in a Tuesday-morning e-mail to supporters. "Together we can move our country in a new direction, get Nevadans working again, and create a more prosperous future for us and our children."
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
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Wisconsin state Sen. Randy Hopper, a Republican from Fond du Lac, is not only facing backlash from constituents angry over his support for Gov. Scott Walker's union busting bill - but from his wife, who is now backing a recall effort against him, RawStory.com reports.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich may not have officially announced a run for president, but he was already preparing for character attacks from his opponents in a radio interview Monday night.
"I expect my opponents to go back 15, 20, 25 years and try to render an alternate judgment I understand that's what they'll do," the former House Speaker told WRKO radio host Howie Carr, referring to his previous marital infidelity and how it might affect a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Washington (CNN) - A loss of support among low income men and among independent voters appears to be behind the drop in President Barack Obama's approval rating, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 50 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, down five points from late January. Forty-seven percent of those questioned say they disapprove of how the president is handling his duties.