Disaster funds deal comes up for House action
September 29th, 2011
07:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Disaster funds deal comes up for House action

Washington (CNN) – The House of Representatives is expected to approve legislation Thursday on a bipartisan agreement ending a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government.

The vote will keep the government funded through October 4. It will be followed by a more comprehensive measure next Tuesday that will keep Washington funded through November 18, office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said this week.

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House set to act on disaster funds deal Thursday
September 27th, 2011
11:19 AM ET
3 years ago

House set to act on disaster funds deal Thursday

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives is expected to take action Thursday on a bipartisan agreement ending a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government by the end of the week.

Specifically, the House is set to approve legislation Thursday that will keep the government funded through October 4, followed by a more comprehensive measure next Tuesday that will keep Washington funded through November 18, according to the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.

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BREAKING: Senate reaches bipartisan agreement on disaster funds
September 26th, 2011
07:36 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Senate reaches bipartisan agreement on disaster funds

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Monday night reached a bipartisan agreement intended to end a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government at the end of the week.

In two votes, the Senate approved short-term spending measures to fund the government for the start of the new fiscal year that begins Saturday.

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CNN Poll: Nearly 3 out of 4 say govt. shutdown bad for country
September 26th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Nearly 3 out of 4 say govt. shutdown bad for country

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans view the prospect of a new government shutdown as a bad thing for the country and would blame congressional Republicans more than President Barack Obama if a shutdown occurred, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 72 percent of people questioned say a government shutdown would be bad for the country, with one in four saying it would be good development.

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Congressional standoff over disaster funds may end
September 26th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressional standoff over disaster funds may end

Washington (CNN) - A congressional standoff over disaster relief funding that is threatening a government shutdown might be resolved as soon as Monday night, several Senate Democratic aides told CNN.

According to the aides, who spoke on condition of not being identified, the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be able to stretch its depleted funds through the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends Friday.

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FEMA funds could last through week, averting standoff
September 26th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

FEMA funds could last through week, averting standoff

Washington (CNN) - The congressional standoff over disaster relief funding that is threatening a government shutdown might be resolved as early as Monday night, several Senate Democratic aides told CNN Monday.

The aides said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be able to say it can stretch its depleted funds through the fiscal year – which ends Friday – and new funding kicks in Saturday October 1st.
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Senators place blame for budget stalemate
September 25th, 2011
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators place blame for budget stalemate

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner engaged in a political back-and-forth Sunday that revealed fractures between both parties—and the House and Senate.

Though Warner admitted the threat of another government shutdown as a result of a budget showdown is “embarrassing,” he also told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the conservative tea party movement was causing yet another stalemate.
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House leaders trying to smooth disagreement over disaster aid
September 22nd, 2011
12:30 PM ET
3 years ago

House leaders trying to smooth disagreement over disaster aid

Washington (CNN) - A delayed or canceled recess for Congress loomed Thursday after the House defeated a temporary spending measure the night before that would fund the government for the first seven weeks of the fiscal year that begins October 1.

With a one-week congressional recess scheduled to begin Friday, House Republican leaders warned of a possible weekend session to continue work on the funding plan, known as a continuing resolution.

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House defeats Republican spending plan
September 21st, 2011
05:48 PM ET
3 years ago

House defeats Republican spending plan

Washington (CNN) – In a major blow to the Republican leadership, the U.S. House on Wednesday defeated a temporary spending measure that would have required spending cuts to offset additional money for federal disaster relief efforts.

The vote was 195-230, with 48 Republicans joining all but a handful of minority Democrats in opposing the short-term spending plan that would keep the government funded for seven weeks after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

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Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight
September 20th, 2011
07:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Government shutdown looms over FEMA fight

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's not sure a potential government shutdown at the end of the month can be avoided because of a stand-off between the House and Senate over how much to spend on disaster relief.

"I heard reports that Sen. (Senate Republican Leader Mitch) McConnell said there will be no shutdown," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. "I'm not that sure. I'm not that sure because the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has been so unreasonable in the past. I don't know why they should suddenly be reasonable."

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