Updated 9/19/2013 at 8 a.m. ET
Washington (CNN) – Two potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination weighed in Wednesday on the congressional battle over Obamacare that's now putting a government shutdown at risk.
While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal agreed the president's health care law is a disaster, they had slightly different comments on House Republicans' refusal to pass an upcoming spending bill unless it kills funds for the president's health care law.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama again made his case that Congress must pass a budget and not negotiate on the health care law Wednesday, this time to business leaders.
Obama blamed an "ideological faction" of the Republican Party for the "ideological fight" currently underway in Congress over the budget.
Washington (CNN) – He never said it publicly, but it was no secret House Speaker John Boehner did not want to tie defunding Obamacare to a bill keeping the government open. It's a high stakes strategy that could end up backfiring on Republicans if the government does shut down.
But now, thanks to unrelenting pressure from conservatives, that's exactly what he's doing.
Washington (CNN) - With an impending budget deadline, the White House budget office directed federal agencies to prepare for a potential government shutdown.
In a memo, Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told federal agencies to update their plans in the event members of Congress and the White House are unable to reach an agreement before September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Washington (CNN) – A government audit on Navy security found that the Navy Yard and other installations may have increased security risks in an effort to reduce costs, a federal source told CNN.
"Navy installations command attempted to reduce access control costs," according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Department of Defense Inspector General. The source read CNN portions of the report. "As a result, at least 52 convicted felons received routine unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel at increased security risk."FULL STORY
(CNN) - As some Republicans and Democrats begin to dig in before the next fiscal showdown, Sen. John McCain said Washington is "in for some very serious problems" and called on his colleagues in the GOP to tone down the warnings of a government shutdown.
"Republicans ought to understand if we shut down the government, Congress always gets blamed–rightly or wrongly–Congress gets blamed," the Arizona Republican said Monday on CNN's "New Day." "We've seen the movie before. It's just some of them weren't around at the time; I was."
Washington (CNN) - In less than a month, the government may shut down. Lines are being drawn. Vacations are being canceled. Friends are becoming enemies.
Are you concerned yet? Confused? Well, if you're not, you should be.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew just put a rush on looming fiscal fights this fall.
Lew said Monday that Congress must raise the country's debt ceiling before mid-October, which is when Treasury estimates it will have exhausted the extraordinary measures it has taken to keep a U.S. default at bay.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona had two words to conservatives who want him to back a government shutdown threat in their effort to defund Obamacare: