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Nov 13, 2013

White House takes heat from Democrats to fix Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced desperate calls on Wednesday from his political allies to swiftly help people whose existing insurance policies are being canceled because of Obamacare, and to fix the program’s broken website by the end of the month.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, seething over the botched startup of Obama’s signature healthcare law, met with administration officials for more than an hour, angry that the botched rollout could become a major political liability for the party during the 2014 mid-term elections.

Nov 13, 2013

U.S. House Democrats clamor for Obamacare fix this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Democrats, seething over the botched startup of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, are urging U.S. officials to swiftly help people whose existing insurance policies are being canceled due to Obamacare.

Democrats are facing a potentially difficult House vote on Friday, when Republicans will hold a vote on a bill allowing people to keep their current health insurance plans if they like them, even if those plans do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum standards for coverage.

Nov 7, 2013

U.S. budget talks hit snag, Republican senator says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The panel of U.S. lawmakers seeking to craft a bipartisan budget deal is in a deadlock early in its deliberations, according to a Senate member, reinforcing fears that a December 13 deadline could produce no agreement.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Reuters the negotiations were “stuck, not irreconcilably, but stuck.”

Nov 2, 2013

Obamacare woes frustrating Democrats’ 2014 prospects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chaotic launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law has Democrats in Congress increasingly anxious about its potential impact on them in the 2014 elections and scrambling to protect themselves if the program’s problems persist.

Particularly nervous is a group of 16 Senate Democrats who are defending their seats next year, as Republicans will seek a net gain of six seats to try to take over the 100-seat chamber.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senate passes deal to end debt crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was expected to take up the measure later on Wednesday after Speaker John Boehner dropped the party’s efforts to link the spending measure to changes in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senate passes 11th-hour deal to end debt crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was expected to take up the measure later on Wednesday after Speaker John Boehner dropped the party’s efforts to link the spending measure to changes in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Oct 16, 2013

At 11th hour, U.S. edges away from brink of debt crisis

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders announced
a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially
shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest
economy close to a debt default that economists said threatened
financial calamity.

U.S. stocks surged, nearing an all-time high, on news of the
deal, which must still be approved by vote in the Senate and the
House of Representatives. But trading volumes remained low,
underscoring how the political brinkmanship in Washington has
unnerved Wall Street.

Oct 16, 2013

Senate cuts deal to raise U.S. debt ceiling, reopen government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate announced a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default, and to reopen the government after a two-week shutdown.

But even if the Senate and House of Representatives manage to overcome procedural hurdles to seal the deal before Thursday – when the Treasury says it will exhaust its borrowing authority – it will only be a temporary solution that sets up the prospect of another showdown early next year.

Oct 16, 2013

U.S. lawmakers begin last-ditch effort on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate prepared for
a last ditch effort Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the
government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack
Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow
to the global economy.

After a day of stop-and-go negotiations, the top Democrat
and Republican in the U.S. Senate were said to be close to
agreeing on a proposal to raise the debt limit – and reopen the
partially shuttered government – for consideration by the full
Senate on Wednesday.

Oct 16, 2013

U.S. Senate leaders still in talks as debt limit imminent

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – With the United States just a
day away from exhausting its ability to borrow money, U.S.
Senate leaders were still discussing a deal late on Tuesday
aimed at raising the debt limit and reopening federal agencies
that have been closed for two weeks.

Senate aides said a deal was close but details remained to
be worked out, and earlier hopes that a deal could be announced
late on Tuesday were not met.

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