Washington (CNN) – District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lashed out at Congress over the budget battle on Capitol Hill, saying it's time the District of Columbia "told the Congress to go straight to hell."
The Democratic non-voting member of Congress represents many of those who would be affected by a possible government shutdown. President Obama and congressional leaders are currently negotiating a deal to try to avoid a shutdown when the current continuing resolution that funds the government expires Friday. A visibly agitated Norton criticized members of Congress for their treatment of her constituents.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that budget talks "are progressing," but there is not yet an agreement on either the size or scope of the spending cuts for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans want congressional lawmakers to seek compromise to avoid a government showdown, according to two new national polls.
But the surveys both indicated that there's a partisan divide, with Democrats and independent voters urging compromise while many Republicans are telling their lawmakers to stick to their guns, even if it leads to a shutdown of some government services and offices.
Washington (CNN) – In the final hours of budget negotiations, a growing list of Congressional members are joining former Rep. Tony Hall and over 36,000 participants in a hunger fast to protest what they say are proposed budget cuts that would affect those living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.
Members of Congress joining the fast include Democratic Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, California Rep. Mike Honda, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, California Reps. Sam Farr and Barbara Lee, Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, and Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday defended the House GOP's decision to take up a one-week government funding bill that includes provisions related to abortion. Those provisions, he insisted, have been included before in appropriations bills and approved by members of the Democratic leadership.
Democrats "have done nothing to prevent" a shutdown, McConnell said. As a result, he said, they have two choices: pass the GOP's one-week bill - which cuts spending by an additional $12 billion - or shut down the government.
"That's it. That's the choice," the Kentucky Republican said.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Thursday that Democrats and Republicans are extremely close to an agreement on the overall spending cut numbers. But Republicans, he said, are preventing a deal by insisting on including provisions relating to abortion and environmental protection.
As a result, he said, "I am not nearly as optimistic as I was" Wednesday night that a compromise can be reached.
Reid called the House GOP's plan to pass a one-week government funding bill that cuts $12 billion a "non-starter."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll forgo his pay if there's a federal government shutdown, and he's urging his colleagues in Congress as well as the president and vice president to join him in voluntarily giving up their salaries.
"While millions of American families will be impacted by a government shutdown- whether they are serving our country's military, whether someone in their family is furloughed or whether they are unable to use critical government services – elected officials are the one group who will not be impacted. Just the opposite, in fact: we still get paid," says Manchin, in a letter circulated to fellow lawmakers. "How does that make any sense?"
Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is keeping the heat on his state's teachers unions, declaring their leaders are "political thugs."
In an interview with ABC News that aired Wednesday, Christie said he puts blame on the unions for resisting change that he thinks will benefit students in the long run.
Washington (CNN) – Spurred by a hastily arranged evening meeting between President Barack Obama and the top two congressional leaders, negotiators worked into Thursday to try to resolve remaining differences in a possible budget deal that would avert a government shutdown.
If there is no deal by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.
Washington (CNN) – Self-proclaimed birther Donald Trump is now so doubtful of President Obama's birthplace that he's sent a team of his own investigators to Hawaii in hopes of getting to the bottom of the issue.
That's according to Trump himself, who, in an interview with NBC, warned his investigators just might uncover "one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond."