Washington (CNN) - Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations. But the two top negotiators and their staff have outlined how a possible deal, if they agree on one, could get through the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington, are leading a conference committee convened to work out differences between House and Senate budget resolutions.
The marquee issue is more forced spending cuts, or sequester, set to take effect in mid-January.
Washington (CNN) - Hovering above Congress with the unpleasant scent of deja vu are concerns that current budget talks seem poised to fail and that the word "shutdown" is back on the rise.
First, there's the apparent budget impasse.FULL STORY
(CNN)–After a week of falling approval ratings and criticism of the botched Obamacare website, President Barack Obama, in his weekly address Saturday, turned his attention to Washington's perennial funding battle.
"We need to grow and create more good jobs faster," the President said. "That’s my driving focus. And I’ll go anywhere and do anything to make it happen."
President Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to once again address Americans' frustration with policymakers in Washington, saying, not for the first time, that "there were no winners" in the protracted conflicts over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown.
"At a time when our economy needs more growth and more jobs, the manufactured crises of these last few weeks actually harmed jobs and growth," the president said. "And it's understandable that your frustration with what goes on in Washington has never been higher."
(CNN) – After all the bickering and grandstanding, the billions lost and trust squandered, it was much ado about nothing
The partial government shutdown's finally over. The debt ceiling debacle has been averted. Obamacare remains virtually unscathed.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Up to 800,000 federal workers faced the prospect of life without a paycheck as Day One of the government shutdown kicked in, while Democrats and Republicans persisted in talking past at each other without actually talking to each other in order to end the nation's latest fiscal crisis.
The Republican-led House offered its latest gambit on Tuesday night but failed in separate votes to approve piecemeal funding for three specific programs - the District of Columbia, veterans affairs, and national parks. The votes required a two-thirds majority for passage, which required hefty Democratic support to have a chance. That did not materialize.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Furloughed workers. Shuttered offices. Lost pay.
By now, we know well the awful mess we're in due to the government grinding to a halt.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.
Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight and the shutdown of their government.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, said Monday his party's strategy to chisel away at Obamacare through the short-term spending bill has been unsuccessful, and he's urging his colleagues to work with Democrats and avert a government shutdown.
"At this point, the hourglass is nearly empty," he told CNN. "I think now it's imperative that we just fund the government, get on with the business of governing."
(CNN) – During the last government shutdowns — in November 1995 and again the following December and January — then-Rep. John Boehner didn't have to sneak smokes in the Capitol and University of Chicago law lecturer Barack Obama was apparently not yet afraid of his wife and hadn't quit the habit.
Here are 17 other things that were happening then: