Contacting the White House and Congress 101
July 25th, 2011
11:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Contacting the White House and Congress 101

Washington (CNN) - President Obama called on Americans to let their members of Congress know how they feel about breaking the stalemate over the government's debt ceiling.

In a rebuttal, Speaker of the House John Boehner said the president continues to want "a blank check" and vowed that Republicans won't let that happen.

Find out how to get in touch with The White House, your senators and representatives after the jump.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • House of Representatives • Senate • White House
Oregon Rep. David Wu will not seek re-election
July 25th, 2011
11:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Oregon Rep. David Wu will not seek re-election

(CNN) - Rep. David Wu of Oregon will not seek re-election and "is considering all options" regarding whether to serve out the rest of his term, Wu's communications director told CNN Monday.

"He (Wu) will consider those options and make a decision in due course," said Erik Dorey, declining to elaborate on a possible time frame.

Wu, facing mounting calls for his resignation, gave no indication Monday that he planned to step down.

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Filed under: David Wu • Oregon
House conservatives not sold on Boehner plan
July 25th, 2011
10:36 PM ET
3 years ago

House conservatives not sold on Boehner plan

Washington (CNN) - Now that House Speaker John Boehner has unveiled his proposal to cut about $3 trillion in spending and raise the debt limit, his task is to round up the votes to pass it in the House later this week, but conservative skepticism of the plan could make that a heavy lift.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who heads up a large group of fiscal conservatives in the House, came out against the plan Monday.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • House Republicans • John Boehner
Obama tells nation debt stalemate requires compromise now
July 25th, 2011
09:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama tells nation debt stalemate requires compromise now

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congress is at a stalemate over raising the federal debt ceiling, and Americans need to pressure their elected representatives to work out a compromise that will avoid a potentially devastating default, President Barack Obama told the nation Monday night.

In his seventh prime time televised address, Obama sought to increase pressure for congressional leaders to reach a deal that would allow the government to continue borrowing money to pay its debts after August 2.

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Filed under: Debt • Harry Reid • John Boehner
Liveblog: Obama addresses the nation on debt
July 25th, 2011
08:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Liveblog: Obama addresses the nation on debt

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the debt ceiling seven days before the nation is forecast to reach the debt limit of $14.29 trillion dollars. Lawmakers must reach an agreement before August 2 to increase the amount of money the nation can borrow and avoid the possibility of default. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner delivered a response to the address following the president's remarks.

11:18 p.m. ET
  @EWErickson Boehner's plan is best called "Punt, Kick, & Pass." Punts to another commission, kicks the can & passes more debt onto future generations.

11:00 p.m. ET
@ChuckSchumer Time for @SpeakerBoehner to lead his caucus; right now, extreme bloc in House is leading him instead

10:13 p.m. ET @PressSec Jay Carney (EOP) As #POTUS said, Americans are "fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word." Rs & Ds need to come together, and act.

10:00 p.m. ET @KyungLahCNN What do you think? #Japan's yen now below 78, big concerns in Tokyo of impact to Japan from lack of #debt ceiling deal. Who do you blame?

9:53 p.m. ET
@CoryBooker Obama agrees with Reagan (and every other president over the past 30 yrs). it is outrageous not to raise debt limit and pay our obligations.

9:46 p.m. ET @JeffFlake President wants a balanced approach? How 'bout agreeing to sign cut, cap & balance.

9:45 p.m. ET
@DanaPerino I think potus could help himself if next appearance included Bo the dog – dogs can help sell anything!

Read the full liveblog after the jump.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue
July 25th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue

Washington (CNN) - Even as the impasse over the debt ceiling continues, behind-the-scenes talks are underway between Democratic and Republican leaders about a bipartisan deal to end the crisis, according to two Senate leaders intimately involved in the situation.

"There are still discussions going on," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "Everybody's talking."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl
Kyl slams Reid debt proposal for counting war savings
July 25th, 2011
07:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Kyl slams Reid debt proposal for counting war savings

Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Senate Republican blasted the debt ceiling package unveiled Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying its reliance on $1 trillion in savings from the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to "phony scoring."

At the same time, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona acknowledged Republicans have supported the same approach. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin counted the same savings in the budget he proposed earlier this year.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Debt • Deficit • Iraq • Jon Kyl
NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?
July 25th, 2011
07:20 PM ET
3 years ago

NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?

Washington (CNN) – Congressional leaders could learn a thing or two from the National Football League. At least, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington because the debt ceiling is a lot easier to fix than this was," he said Monday at a presser announcing an end to the months-long stalemate between owners and players.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Ed Koch backs Republican in Weiner's old district
July 25th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Ed Koch backs Republican in Weiner's old district

(CNN) - As the special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner heats up in Brooklyn and Queens, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, received a ringing endorsement Monday from one of the Empire State's top Democrats.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch announced his support Monday for Turner amid his hopes that the special election in the 9th congressional district, a strongly Jewish area, will become a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies on Israel.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Ed Koch • New York
Debt ceiling impasse: How we got into this mess
July 25th, 2011
04:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt ceiling impasse: How we got into this mess

Washington (CNN) – The United States appears to be no closer to raising the debt ceiling than it was in January when the issue arose. In fact, Democrats and Republicans might be further apart now than they were then.

After several rounds of negotiations, talks are once again at a standstill as the August 2 date nears at which the U.S. will bump up against its borrowing limit

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
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