October 11th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama has concerns with GOP proposal because it doesn't end shutdown

Washington (CNN) - An offer Friday by House Republicans to President Barack Obama would temporarily increase the debt ceiling without reopening the government right away, GOP sources told CNN's Deirdre Walsh.

The White House said in response that Obama "has some concerns" with the plan because it would not end the shutdown that was in its 11th day.

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October 11th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
6 months ago

House GOP proposal emerges on debt, but not shutdown

Washington (CNN) - An offer by House Republicans to President Barack Obama would temporarily increase the debt ceiling without reopening the government right away, GOP sources told CNN's Deirdre Walsh on Friday.

The proposal followed a White House meeting on Thursday between the President and the House GOP leadership that participants described as positive in tone.

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Obama positive on GOP debt limit proposal, continues to demand government reopen
October 11th, 2013
12:29 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama positive on GOP debt limit proposal, continues to demand government reopen

Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama acknowledged that the Republican proposal on a six week debt ceiling increase was a good thing in an hour-and-a-half meeting with House Republican leadership Thursday night, according to a Democratic source familiar with the gathering.

The meeting overall was an amicable one, featuring some of the first real dialogue between the two sides in recent weeks. The point of contention remains on Obama’s demand to reopen the government, for which Republicans still want concessions on spending, the source said.
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GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan
October 10th, 2013
11:09 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan

Updated 9:39 a.m. ET, 10/11/2013

Washington (CNN) – Several senior Republican senators from across the ideological spectrum expressed frustration Thursday that the latest proposal from House GOP leaders for a short-term hike in the debt ceiling didn't also include a plan to reopen the government.

"We need to deal with both the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling in a responsible sort of way," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican leader. "Obviously just doing part of it doesn't solve the whole problem and we need to solve the whole problem."
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Filed under: GOP • House Republicans • Senate Republicans
October 10th, 2013
09:25 PM ET
6 months ago

House Republicans hold 'very useful' meeting with Obama; both sides talking

Washington (CNN) - Progress.

It's been seemingly nonexistent in Washington for weeks, as Republicans and Democrats squabbled about funding the government and whether to raise its borrowing limit. Both sides drew their lines in the sand and talked vociferously at each other, but not to each other.

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October 10th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
6 months ago

Republican congressman: Defunding Obamacare is 'off the table'

Washington (CNN) - In one week, the Treasury will run out of cash to pay its bills if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. House Republicans are now offering a six-week extension of federal borrowing to avoid that scenario.

But what about the government shutdown – the consequence of inaction on federal spending and bitter partisan warfare over Obamacare that has gripped the nation since last Tuesday and shows no sign of ending?

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October 9th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
6 months ago

Durbin: Negotiations to re-open government, lift the debt ceiling are 'under way'

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. is well into the ninth day of a government shutdown. House Republicans tied defunding or delaying Obamacare to the funding of the government, effectively leading to the shutdown.

But Republicans are saying – and it seems to have some resonance – that President Obama's message is: "I’m not negotiating." That's just not how this works. Republicans point out there have been previous negotiations over both opening the government and the debt ceiling.

Is the Democratic Party doing anything to acknowledge the reality of where the U.S. is, and trying to figure out a way to get out of it together?

"There are conversations under way as to what we will discuss, you know, what we will negotiate over, what things will be on the table. But what we said is – open the government, pay our bills and let's have this honest conversation," said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, of Illinois, who serves as Senate Majority Whip.

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GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension

(CNN) – One idea being considered to end the immediate fiscal impasse is a bill to fund the government and extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks, a senior Republican member of the House told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The congressman agreed to speak with CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The GOP lawmaker said a committee could then be set up to negotiate the fiscal issues dividing the two parties and negotiate a plan to keep the government funded for the rest of the year without the proverbial gun to their heads.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
October 4th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
7 months ago

House Republicans say shutdown likely to drag on

Washington (CNN) - Many House Republicans concede the government shutdown likely won't be resolved until the next major congressional deadline in mid-October when Congress needs to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"I don't see anything happening with the shutdown until we get to some kind of a plan for a bigger agreement," Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany told reporters after House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders huddled with House Republicans on Friday.

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Obama: 'Only one way out' of shutdown
October 3rd, 2013
11:49 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama: 'Only one way out' of shutdown

(CNN) - President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there's only one party at fault and one remedy.

"There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today," Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.

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