Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
12:43 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address

(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."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • President Obama
Obama in weekly address: Frustration with Washington understandable
October 19th, 2013
12:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama in weekly address: Frustration with Washington understandable

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."
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Filed under: Budget • Immigration • President Obama
October 17th, 2013
07:42 AM ET
6 months ago

It's over, for now: Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, hike debt ceiling

(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.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
Latest House attempt for piecemeal funding fails
October 1st, 2013
09:05 PM ET
7 months ago

Latest House attempt for piecemeal funding fails

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.

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Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects
October 1st, 2013
09:48 AM ET
7 months ago

Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects

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.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
October 1st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
7 months ago

Government shutdown: 800,000 workers go without pay, and it doesn't stop there

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.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Health care
September 30th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP congressman: It's time to move on, pass bipartisan bill

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."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • House
September 30th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
7 months ago

The Macarena, mullets and 15 other things going on during the last shutdowns

(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:
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
Key players in the shutdown debate
September 29th, 2013
01:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Defiant House delays Obamacare; government shutdown looms

Washington (CNN) – Less than 48 hours before a shutdown of the federal government would begin, House Republican leaders remained defiant in their effort to chip away at Obamacare - with one member of the House GOP leadership insisting the House will continue its effort to undermine the health care law and another faulting the Democratically controlled Senate for not working on Sunday.

In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
Sen. Paul wants to reconcile in conference committee
September 29th, 2013
01:28 PM ET
7 months ago

Sen. Paul wants to reconcile in conference committee

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday proposed an alternative way to avert a government shutdown, saying the two chambers of Congress should go to conference on the short-term spending bill at the center of the current stalemate.

"Why don't we have a conference committee on this? You could appoint one today. They could meet tomorrow and hash out the differences. That's the way it's supposed to work," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
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