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Oct 15, 2013

U.S. House Republicans in apparent disarray over fiscal impasse

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House
of Representatives failed to reach internal consensus on Tuesday
on how to break an impasse on the federal budget that could soon
result in an economically damaging default on the country’s
debt.

House Republican leaders proposed a plan to reopen the
government and avoid debt default but it was rejected in a
meeting with rank and file lawmakers. The plan differed in a few
important details from one in the U.S. Senate.

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. senators hopeful fiscal deal could pass Wednesday

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – U.S. senators expressed hope
that a bipartisan deal could emerge on Tuesday to end
Washington’s fiscal crisis even as Republicans in the House of
Representatives said they were working on a separate plan.

Even if Democrats and Republicans agree, it could be
Wednesday before the U.S. Senate signs off on a plan, senators
said, close to a Thursday deadline when the Obama administration
says it will reach its borrowing limit and risk default.

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. senators hint at possible fiscal deal on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A month of combat in the U.S. Congress over government spending showed signs on Monday of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent an economically damaging default on federal debt.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, ended a day of constant talks with optimistic proclamations, as details leaked out of the pact they were negotiating.

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. senators close in on deal as threat of default nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near.

The Senate’s top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert a looming default and end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 14 days so far.

Oct 14, 2013

Obama hopeful as fiscal meeting nears with top lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said lawmakers appear to have made progress on a deal to reopen the government and avert a looming default on Monday as he prepared to meet congressional leaders with a Thursday deadline drawing near.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were due to meet at 3 p.m. with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the White House said.

Oct 12, 2013

Deal to resolve fiscal crisis stalls in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Hopes for a resolution of
Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on
Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to
reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives
sputtered.

The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for
reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing
authority, which runs out on Oct. 17.

Oct 12, 2013

Obama and Republicans search for a deal on U.S. fiscal impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the U.S. debt limit and reopen the government.

Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by phone to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner as negotiations intensified on how to get hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job and extend the government’s borrowing authority past the October 17 limit.

Oct 11, 2013

Obama and Republicans struggle to break fiscal impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders worked to end their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the federal government and an increase in the U.S. debt limit.

One day after the first signs of real movement in the standoff, both sides searched for an agreement that would get federal workers back on the job and extend the government’s borrowing authority past the October 17 limit.

Oct 11, 2013

Obama and Republicans struggle to break fiscal deadlock

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
congressional Republican leaders moved to end their fiscal
impasse on Friday, but struggled to strike a deal on the details
for a short-term reopening of the federal government and an
increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.

After the first signs on Thursday of movement in the
standoff, both sides worked furiously to find enough agreement
to get federal workers back on the job and extend the
government’s borrowing authority past the Oct. 17 limit.

Oct 11, 2013

U.S. Congress urgently works to end fiscal deadlock

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
press his case for a quick reopening of the entire federal
government coupled with an emergency increase of U.S. borrowing
authority when he meets with Senate Republicans on Friday.

With a partial government shutdown in its eleventh day and
less than a week to go before the Treasury Department runs out
of money to pay the government’s bills, the Democratic president
has been urging congressional Republicans to end a fiscal
impasse that has overtaken Washington and rippled through the
country.

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