Washington (CNN) - An agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default easily passed the U.S. Senate and headed to the House for a vote expected later Wednesday.
If approved by the Republican-led House, the legislation would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law by the end of Thursday - the deadline for increasing the federal borrowing limit or risk the first default in American history.FULL STORY
Washinton (CNN) - Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, and House Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to support it while a key GOP conservative said he wouldn't try to block it in the Senate.
"We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station in his home state of Ohio in reference to GOP efforts to dismantle or defund President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms and extract deficit reduction concessions around the need to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Shortly after Republican leaders of the House of Representatives canceled plans for a Tuesday night vote, the two top figures in the Senate rebooted their own talks aimed at ending the U.S. budget standoff.
Spokesmen for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell - their chamber's majority leader and minority leader, respectively - said Tuesday night that they restarted negotiations aimed at creating legislation that would fully reopen the government and raise the nation's debt ceiling.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - So is an end in sight?
House Speaker John Boehner - the top Republican in the fight that's led to a government shutdown and the threat of a first-ever U.S. debt default - left the White House on Thursday evening without commenting on a highly anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The great government shutdown of 2013 is about Obamacare and budget priorities, but it also is about respect.
In short, conservative House Republicans don't think they get enough of it from President Barack Obama and the Senate.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans held their ground on Thursday, the third day of the federal government shutdown, refusing to budge from their positions about who is to blame for the crisis and how to resolve it.
Leaders from the two parties offered rhetoric similar to what they've been saying for days, providing little hope for a breakthrough tied to Congress' inability to agree on a spending plan for President Barack Obama to sign.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It's a congressional version of hot potato that will determine if a government shutdown begins as soon as Tuesday.
The Democratic-led Senate on Friday is expected to pass its preferred short-term spending plan to keep the government funded beyond the end of the current fiscal year on Monday, which would toss it back to the Republican-led House.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Another day, another onslaught of political maneuvering and rhetoric in Washington as Congress faces the possibility of a partial government shutdown next week.
The Democratic-led Senate is considering a spending plan sent over by the Republican-led House that makes continued government funding contingent on eliminating all money for Obamacare.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama reframed U.S. foreign policy priorities on Tuesday by focusing his administration's immediate attention on Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
"While these issues are not the cause of all the region's problems, they have been a major source of instability for far too long, and resolving them can help serve as a foundation for a broader peace," he said in a 50-minute speech on the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.FULL STORY