(CNN) – Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama on Monday warned that a federal shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of the economy and would represent the "height of irresponsibility."
Read his full remarks below.
Washington (CNN) – The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified itself Saturday, saying that if a government shutdown occurs, and lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.
“Those benefits are provided through appropriated mandatory funding, and that funding will run out by late October. At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments,” spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said in a statement to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.
A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.
The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Patty Murray blasted one of several new ads attacking Obamacare for being "deplorable and sexist" on Friday.
The ads are by a libertarian group, Generation Opportunity, which feature young people who go to a doctor's appointment only to have an intentionally creepy Uncle Sam pop up ready to give them an exam. Meant to encourage young people to "opt out," of Obamacare, one ad features a young woman implicitly having a gynecological exam.
Washington (CNN) - White House officials are reaching out to some Democratic senators to discuss the possible nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, one source with knowledge of the calls confirmed to CNN.
The only name mentioned on these calls is that of Yellen, the source told CNN, adding the idea is to generate support for the expected nomination.
Navy officers knew that Aaron Alexis had been arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a car - in a blackout fueled by anger - and yet they admitted him into the Navy and granted him security clearance anyway, a senior Naval officer told CNN.
"It appears as if investigators were aware of the incident, interviewed him and were satisfied that it did not preclude granting the clearance," the officer said.
Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, was a military contractor who used a valid identification to gain access to the secured facility, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Following Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Barack Obama ordered all flags on U.S. military installations and federal government facilities to be lowered to half-staff out of respect.
But since the attack occurred at a U.S. naval facility, those flags, as well as flags flown at Marine Corp facilities and on naval vessels, are actually lowered to half-mast (consistent with masts on ships).
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(CNN) - The Senate is recessing until Tuesday morning because of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. He said votes scheduled for Monday evening will be rescheduled. The Senate also went into a two-hour lockdown starting around 3 p.m., with no one allowed in or out of the complex, according to the Senate sergeant at arms. More information is expected at 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama mulls whether to nominate Lawrence Summers to lead the Federal Reserve, the Harvard professor has suspended his activities with banking behemoth Citigroup.
"Mr. Summers has withdrawn from participation in all Citi events while he is under consideration to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve," Danielle Romero-Apsilos, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mailed statement.
Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders postponed a vote on government funding legislation until next week after many conservatives made it clear they wouldn’t back it because it doesn’t fully defund Obamacare.
The government will shut down if Congress does not approve a new annual spending plan by October 1, the start of the new federal budget year.