WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Republican plans for tackling
two looming fiscal battles began to take shape this week as
House of Representatives leaders made clear they want to pass a
temporary measure to avoid a possible government shutdown while
pushing for U.S. budget austerity.
With lawmakers away in their home districts for the summer
break, Republican leaders have been weighing their approach to
two upcoming budget standoffs with President Barack Obama – over
the annual spending bill and the impending debt limit increase.
WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner, struggling to ease Republican divisions
over how to fight “Obamacare,” vowed on Thursday to try to erode
the healthcare law, but stopped short of weighing in on a push
to deny it funding.
Boehner and other Republicans agree on their distaste for
President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul, but the
party has been roiled by a debate over whether to threaten a
shutdown of the government to try to gut the measure.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives are working to prevent their ranks from fracturing over the strategy of threatening a government shutdown to gut President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
About a third of the Republican caucus sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Thursday, urging them to oppose any annual spending bills that include funding for the health law known as “Obamacare.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation.
The idea is gaining traction among Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, aides said on Wednesday. An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the debt limit is a “good leverage point” to try to force some action on the healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Influential Republican congressman Paul Ryan disagreed on Sunday with the idea of using the threat of a government shutdown as a means of trying to get rid of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”
Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former vice presidential candidate, said he strongly backs the goal of repealing Obamacare but added there were other, more effective ways of achieving it than by refusing to approve any government funding bill that includes money for the program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator said on Sunday that the U.S.-Russia relationship had become “poisonous” and urged President Barack Obama to consider moving next month’s Group of 20 summit away from the Russian city of St. Petersburg.
Charles Schumer, the U.S. Senate’s third ranking Democrat and a close Obama ally, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to antagonize the United States by granting American fugitive Edward Snowden asylum for one year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – August might not be much of a recess for U.S. lawmakers weary from bruising budget fights and nomination showdowns: the break promises a frenzy of meetings in their home districts with activists trying to pressure them on immigration and health care reform.
Progressives, Tea Party conservatives, the business and faith communities and other interests have spent weeks – and in some cases months – planning for the five-week break that begins Friday when lawmakers return to their home districts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Tea Party-inspired plan to kill President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by forcing a government shutdown unless funds to implement the law are denied has not gained traction among senior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
“I think leadership is giving other options that they think are more effective,” said Republican Representative Pat Tiberi, a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to rally Democrats behind an aggressive approach to the fall budget showdowns with Republicans, as he makes a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
If his speeches over the past week are any indication, Obama will urge Democrats to take a hard line against Republican attempts to make further cuts in the federal budget, arguing that they’ve cut enough already and that it’s time to shift the focus to spending that will benefit America’s middle class.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With time running out for the U.S. Congress to agree on next year’s budget, some Republicans are pushing for a short-term fix that would delay the confrontation over a government shutdown until November.
If lawmakers agree on a short-term plan to fund the government for a few weeks past the current October 1 deadline, it would mean that the fight over government funding for next year would coincide with a potentially more consequential clash over raising the federal borrowing limit.