Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders said Thursday they will propose a temporary increase in the nation's borrowing limit - a first step toward a potential compromise to end the political stalemate that has shut down parts of the government and threatens a U.S. default as soon as next week.
After meeting with his caucus, House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans want substantive talks with President Barack Obama and Democrats on reducing the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt in return for removing the immediate threat of default.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A government official at the center of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference claimed his Fifth Amendment rights against testifying before congressional hearing Monday, while his boss said she mourned her departure from public service over the controversy.
Jeff Neely, the General Services Administration official who organized the 2010 conference that cost $800,000, repeatedly refused to answer questions, saying more than five times: "I respectfully decline to answer any questions here today based on my Fifth Amendment constitutional privileges."FULL STORY