2 numbers that could cause another shutdown
Republicans Jeff Sessions and Paul Ryan and Democrats Patty Murray and Chris Van Hollen are leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are trying to forge a budget agreement to fund the government for 2014.
October 22nd, 2013
08:00 AM ET
11 months ago

2 numbers that could cause another shutdown

New York (CNNMoney) – Forget a grand bargain. Most people will be relieved if Congress can just agree on funding for fiscal year 2014, which started three weeks ago.

Lawmakers have until mid-January, when the current round of temporary government funding expires, to figure it out. If they don't, the country could be at risk of yet another shutdown.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Congress • Government Shutdown
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
11 months ago

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally

Updated 10/22/2013 at 1:48pm

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers of "Thank you Ted!" and "Welcome Home!" Monday night in Texas.

The freshman senator said he was happy to be back home in Houston, and wasn't afraid to be honest about his feelings on Washington.

"It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz as supporters waved homemade signs promoting "#MakeDCListen," a hashtag that was a prominent part of Cruz's 21-hour speech on the Senate floor in late September.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Obamacare • Ted Cruz
GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll
October 21st, 2013
06:02 AM ET
11 months ago

GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll

Just more than half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.

And the CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in 10 Americans say that Speaker of the House John Boehner should be replaced.

The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, just after the end of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown that was caused in part by a push by House conservatives to try and dismantle the health care law, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • GOP • Government Shutdown
October 20th, 2013
09:08 AM ET
11 months ago

Cruz to CNN: ‘I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington’

(CNN) – Back in his home state after the reopening of the government, Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t rule out the idea of again staging the strategy that helped lead to the 16-day partial shutdown and bashed his fellow Senate Republicans for not trying hard enough to dismantle Obamacare.

The Texas Republican, in an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash in San Antonio, was unapologetic for fighting to defund President Obama’s health care law in the face of outsized odds, saying he doesn’t work for the “party bosses” in Washington.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Ted Cruz • Texas • TV-State of the Union
Shutdown's impact may not be over for veterans
October 19th, 2013
10:01 PM ET
12 months ago

Shutdown's impact may not be over for veterans

(CNN) – The partial government shutdown ended three days ago, but America's veterans may continue to feel its effects for some time.

Throughout the 16-day shutdown, efforts to clear the Department of Veterans Affairs' backlog of veterans' disabilities claims stalled, according to a department official. This delay has created concern about Secretary Eric Shinseki's ability to keep his pledge to end all backlogged claims–those older than 125 days–by 2015, the official said.
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October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
11 months ago

Ted Cruz, back in Texas, rails against fellow Senate Republicans

Programing note: CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas following a whirlwind week in Washington that saw an end to the partial government shutdown that he helped ensure - and for which he made no apologies.

Instead, Cruz blasted his fellow Senate Republicans, saying they are most to blame for the failure of the push to defund or delay Obamacare.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Health care • Senate • Ted Cruz
October 18th, 2013
07:27 PM ET
12 months ago

Could the Democrats retake the House?

CNN's John King at the magic wall examines whether or not the shutdown could shake up the majority control in the House.

GOP congressman apologizes for scolding Park Service ranger
October 18th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP congressman apologizes for scolding Park Service ranger

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a Texas Republican who berated a U.S. Park Service ranger at the then-barricaded World War II Memorial during the partial government shutdown, sent a letter of apology to the director of the National Park Service.

Neugebauer's office said he reached out soon after the October 2 incident to get the ranger's contact information to apologize in person, but they did not hear back from the Park Service until this week due to the shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown
Government back in business
October 18th, 2013
01:58 PM ET
12 months ago

Four things we learned from government shutdown

(CNN) - Whew, it's all over, folks - the twin crises of government shutdown and national default countdown. At least for now.

This one wasn't easy. And we'll be talking about it for a while.

That's just one of the four lessons we take away from this calamity in our capital.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
October 17th, 2013
08:27 PM ET
12 months ago

Ted Cruz won't rule out another shutdown, aide tells CNN

(CNN) - Tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz isn't ruling anything in our out in his continued fight against Obamacare, including efforts to force another government shutdown, an aide to the lawmaker has told CNN's Dana Bash.

It was Cruz's ultimately futile attempt in the Senate to tie renewed federal spending to defunding the health care law championed by President Barack Obama that helped trigger the two-week shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Ted Cruz
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