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Oct 9, 2013

Republicans shift focus away from Obamacare toward fiscal issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a shift some Republicans hope will strengthen their hand in the fight over the U.S. debt limit, some of the party’s leaders in the House of Representatives are playing down demands to weaken “Obamacare” and focusing instead on calls to rein in deficits.

The emphasis on tackling long-term debt and deficits was evident in opinion pieces published on Wednesday by two of the most prominent House Republicans, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former vice presidential candidate.

Oct 6, 2013

Boehner says U.S. on path to default if Obama won’t negotiate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a “serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a U.S. default.

“The nation’s credit is at risk because of the administration’s risk to sit down and have a conversation,” Boehner told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that there were not enough votes in the House of Representatives to pass a “clean” debt limit bill, without any conditions attached.

Oct 6, 2013

U.S. Republicans will not pass ‘clean’ debt-limit increase: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that there is “no way” Republican lawmakers will agree to a measure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein in deficit spending.

Pressed on the ABC news program “This Week” on whether the Republican-led House would pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase that included no conditions, Boehner replied: “I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one.”

Oct 6, 2013

Boehner: U.S. Republicans will not pass ‘clean’ debt-limit increase

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that there is “no way”
Republican lawmakers will agree to a measure to raise the
nation’s debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein in
deficit spending.

Pressed on the ABC news program “This Week” on whether the
Republican-led House would pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase
that included no conditions, Boehner replied: “I told the
president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one.”

Oct 5, 2013

Washington heads into fifth day of shutdown, no end in sight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s borrowing authority started heating up.

The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday session but with no expectations of progress on either the shutdown or a measure to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Congress must act by October 17 in order to avoid a government debt default.

Oct 5, 2013

Washington still deadlocked on shutdown and debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Washington headed into the
fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight
even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s
borrowing authority started heating up.

The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday
session but with no expectations of progress on either the
shutdown or a measure to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt
ceiling. Congress must act by Oct. 17 in order to avoid a
government debt default.

Oct 4, 2013

Shutdown strategy has wide U.S. Republican support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eager to exploit divisions among Republicans, Democrats have hammered the message that the U.S. government shutdown is the work of a small segment of House of Representatives Republicans on the far right.

In fact, support for the tactic that led to the shutdown – now in its fourth day – has proven to be far more solid and widespread among House Republicans than the Democratic portrayal.

Oct 4, 2013

Analysis: Shutdown strategy has wide U.S. Republican support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eager to exploit divisions among Republicans, Democrats have hammered the message that the U.S. government shutdown is the work of a small segment of House of Representatives Republicans on the far right.

In fact, support for the tactic that led to the shutdown – now in its fourth day – has proven to be far more solid and widespread among House Republicans than the Democratic portrayal.

Oct 4, 2013

Republicans hang tough in standoff over U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans held their ground on Friday in a standoff with President Barack Obama over the U.S. government shutdown, accusing him of intransigence and not caring about the impact of the shutdown, now in its fourth day.

With little sign of compromise on either side, many fear the shutdown, triggered by a dispute over the president’s healthcare reforms, will drag on until bickering politicians tackle the more dire threat of a possible U.S. default later this month.

Oct 2, 2013

Analysis: U.S. government shutdown fight could morph into debt limit superstorm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the U.S. government shutdown in its second day on Wednesday and no end in sight, a worrisome reality is sinking in on Capitol Hill: The standoff is merging with a much more complex fight in mid-October over raising the federal debt limit.

“We think the issues are converging,” Republican Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, told reporters on Wednesday.

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      "Caren has covered the White House since 2003. In 2008, she was a lead correspondent covering President Barack Obama's campaign. She has covered international summits, the federal budget, U.S. policy on Iraq and Afghanistan, and has reported extensively on the U.S. economy. Caren joined Reuters in 1992. Caren is president of the White House Correspondents Association."
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