(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.
"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama won’t forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another government shutdown, the White House said Wednesday.
Obama is currently weighing ways to make changes to the immigration system on his own after Congressional action on the issue stalled. Some GOP lawmakers have suggested holding up a bill funding federal agencies if Obama takes unilateral action as promised.
(CNN) – Critics are pouncing on remarks Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, made to supporters earlier this year that a government shutdown was an option to help the state deal with its financial troubles.
Video of his comments picked up steam on Monday as the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which recently threw its support behind Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, circulated the clip, posted to the union's YouTube page, of Rauner addressing the Tazewell County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day dinner in March.
(CNN) - Spring officially starts Thursday. And as the snow melts, waterfalls gush, and plants begin to bloom, the country's national park system once again becomes a playground for millions eager to get back outside after a long, brutal winter.
Hundreds of those park sites were closed for more than two weeks during the federal government shutdown last fall. Five months later, some states are still dealing with unresolved financial costs related to the closures.
New York (CNNMoney) – Eager for your 2013 tax refund? Well, if you like to file your federal return at the start of every tax season, you may have to wait a little longer for your check.
The IRS said Wednesday that it would not start processing 2013 tax returns until January 31 next year - 10 days later than originally scheduled.
Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders would offer a short-term spending bill to remove any threat of a government shutdown in January if congressional budget negotiators fail to reach a deal before lawmakers recess for the holidays, multiple sources said.
Several House GOP members told leaders at a weekly closed-door meeting on Tuesday they are worried about going home at end of next week with a January 15 deadline looming for Congress to approve another government spending bill.
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.
New York (CNNMoney) – What shutdown? Job growth unexpectedly surged in October, even as the federal government closed its doors for 16 days.
The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was well above economists' expectations. There was more good news about hiring during the late summer. Revisions showed an extra 60,000 jobs were created in August and September.
(CNN) - Even before the group of bipartisan lawmakers meets Wednesday morning in the basement of the Capitol to begin negotiations on a budget deal to avoid another government shutdown, members of both parties say the chances they can reach a deal are pretty low.
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee and a member of the budget conference committee, told CNN right now he puts the odds at any deal coming out of the panel at "50-50."
(CNNMoney) - You'll have to wait to file your taxes to Uncle Sam this year, thanks to the government shutdown.
The start of the 2014 tax season, which was scheduled for Jan. 21, will be delayed by one to two weeks, the IRS announced Tuesday.