Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will travel cross-country to honor members of the military and their families, according to a statement released by the White House Saturday.
They plan to launch a national initiative Tuesday to “educate, challenge and spark action” in support of military families, who have expressed “unique challenges” and a need to connect with their communities.
Washington (CNN)–According to the White House, President Obama has signed the short-term
measure to keep the government running through the week. The measure, known as a continuing resolution, gives Congress time to pass a long-term budget deal that will fund the government through the end of the
Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has visited South Carolina more than any other potential presidential hopeful, and his efforts paid off Saturday with a straw poll win at the Greenville County Republican Party convention.
Santorum was one of three potential candidates to address Saturday’s convention. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also spoke.
Washington (CNN) – Some leading national Tea Party organizations are anything but happy with Friday night's deal on the budget that prevented a federal government shutdown.
A spokesman for the Tea Party Express tells CNN the group isn't "very impressed" with the budget deal and says the agreement proves the Tea Party has a lot more work to do to make deeper cuts in the federal budget.
Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich applauded House Republicans on Saturday for negotiating a last minute budget deal that avoided a government shutdown.
But Gingrich, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, predicted that the showdown over this year's spending bill will pale in comparison to upcoming fights over the debt ceiling and the 2012 budget.
(CNN)-President Obama proclaimed "good news for the American people" in his weekly address Saturday when he stated that the agreement reached by Republicans and Democrats would "avert a government shutdown, cut spending, and invest in our future."
The president explained that the agreement, made in the late hours of Friday and reached before the last spending agreement expired, meant that "small businesses can get the loans they need," "families can get the mortgages they applied for," "folks can visit our national parks and museums" and paychecks, including those for the military, will be delivered on time.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Lawmakers pushed through a last-minute spending bill Friday night to avert a shutdown and keep the federal government open for business.
The short-term spending measure - the seventh in the past six months - cut $2 billion and allows agencies to spend money through next Friday. A senior White House official told CNN that President Barack Obama will sign the short- term measure into law later Saturday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a town where politicians like to keep score the White House isn’t boasting about the victory. “ The American people won,” a top Obama adviser told reporters at a background briefing after the deal was reached. This is a "very good night for the country."
The White House was feeling optimistic that it was on the verge of a deal Thursday night. When Speaker Boehner left the Oval Office meeting, “there was an agreement on range and composition,” said another official.
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2:00 p.m. ET - According to the White House, President Obama has signed the short-term measure to keep the government running through the week. The measure, known as a continuing resolution, gives Congress time to pass a long-term budget deal that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
12:37 a.m. ET - The House approved a short-funding extension 348-70. The bill funds the government until the end of the day Friday, April 15th.
12:28 a.m. ET - A senior White House official told CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian that President Obama is expected to sign the short term continuing resolution into law sometime Saturday.
12:23 a.m. ET - Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in a memo told federal agencies to "continue their normal operations."
"While the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires at midnight tonight, Congress has indicated that it has reached agreement on a funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year. Earlier this evening, the Senate passed a short term CR that will extend current funding levels until the full-year bill can be passed and enacted next week. We expect the House to take up the CR shortly and for the President to sign this CR no later than tomorrow. As a result, at this time agencies are instructed to continue their normal operations," Lew wrote.
12:14 a.m. ET – @deirdrewalshcnn: House voting now on stopgap bill funding government until Friday 4/15 – #shutdown averted
12:03 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: Technically, WE ARE IN #SHUTDOWN: for just a few minutes. Until House vote magically erases it.