Washington (CNN) - As Congressional leaders Thursday tried to avert a government shutdown, some political leaders saw an opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters.
The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
Washington (CNN) – A government shutdown may sound like an abstract idea, but at the end of the day it affects actual places and actual people.
CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at what happens if the government shuts down and how it affects different areas of the country.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday afternoon that Democrats and Republicans have not yet reached a budget agreement. But "we continue to have productive conversations," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated that he and Boehner would return to the White House at 7 p.m. for additional talks.
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a one-week government funding bill Thursday that cuts spending by $12 billion and funds the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
The measure is not expected to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama has promised to veto the measure if it reaches him because of the programs it would cut.
(CNN) - CNN has learned that the first furlough notices are being sent out to congressional staffers, explaining to them whether they are considered essential or non-essential — and if they would be expected to come to work in case there is a government shutdown.
See the full announcement here.
Washington (CNN) – District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lashed out at Congress over the budget battle on Capitol Hill, saying it's time the District of Columbia "told the Congress to go straight to hell."
The Democratic non-voting member of Congress represents many of those who would be affected by a possible government shutdown. President Obama and congressional leaders are currently negotiating a deal to try to avoid a shutdown when the current continuing resolution that funds the government expires Friday. A visibly agitated Norton criticized members of Congress for their treatment of her constituents.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that budget talks "are progressing," but there is not yet an agreement on either the size or scope of the spending cuts for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans want congressional lawmakers to seek compromise to avoid a government showdown, according to two new national polls.
But the surveys both indicated that there's a partisan divide, with Democrats and independent voters urging compromise while many Republicans are telling their lawmakers to stick to their guns, even if it leads to a shutdown of some government services and offices.
Washington (CNN) – In the final hours of budget negotiations, a growing list of Congressional members are joining former Rep. Tony Hall and over 36,000 participants in a hunger fast to protest what they say are proposed budget cuts that would affect those living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.
Members of Congress joining the fast include Democratic Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, California Rep. Mike Honda, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, California Reps. Sam Farr and Barbara Lee, Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, and Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.