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Sep 23, 2013

A wild week ahead as Senate confronts shutdown deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress begins a wild and potentially chaotic week on Monday that may or may not end with a government shutdown on October 1 but will surely do nothing to improve its low standing with American voters.

With action to fund the government required in both the U.S. Senate and then once again in the House of Representatives, a down-to-the wire battle through next weekend is almost guaranteed.

Sep 20, 2013

U.S. House taunts Democrats with anti-Obamacare spending bill

WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – A familiar Washington
melodrama – will they or won’t they shut down the government -
took center stage on Friday when the Republican-controlled House
of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government but only
if President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law is
ransacked.

Notching its 42nd vote against Obamacare and knowing full
well that the Democratic Senate will reject it, Republicans in
the House cast their vote, staged a noisy celebration in front
of a placard declaring “SenateMustAct,” and then left town for
several days to give time for the Senate to demolish its work.

Sep 19, 2013

U.S. House Republicans ignore Obama veto threat on spending bill

WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S.
House of Representatives on Thursday plowed ahead with a bill to
gut President Barack Obama’s healthcare law while temporarily
funding other government programs, ignoring a warning from the
White House that the measure would be vetoed.

The bill, which would keep the government running through
Dec. 15 and avert shutdowns with the start of the new fiscal
year on Oct. 1, faced its first test vote in the House on
Thursday with passage of the measure expected on Friday.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. debt hike emerges as main battleground over Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of
Representatives set in motion on Wednesday a plan that
ultimately could avert a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1,
turning a later battle over the debt ceiling into the main event
in the conservative struggle against President Barack Obama’s
healthcare program.

Obama accused Republicans of engaging in extortion by
demanding a delay in “Obamacare” as the price of avoiding
default that, were it to happen, would smash the U.S. economy.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. House Republican plan may avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S.
House of Representatives on Wednesday set in motion a plan that
is expected to avert a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1,
but bring another battle over President Barack Obama’s
healthcare program.

The plan will also force another fight over avoiding a
first-ever government default on its debt. The government’s
authority to borrow more money will run out around mid-October
unless Congress increases the debt ceiling.

Sep 18, 2013

US Republicans pressure Boehner on vote to delay, defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the
U.S. House of Representatives faced increasing pressure on
Tuesday from their restive caucus for a stop-gap government
funding plan that defunds or delays “Obamacare” health reforms.

An aide to House Speaker John Boehner denied a report by the
conservative National Review magazine that Boehner had decided
to allow a vote on a funding measure that avoids a Oct. 1
government shutdown but defunds President Barack Obama’s
signature health insurance reform law.

Sep 17, 2013

Leading U.S. House Democrat sees tough fight over government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives predicted on Tuesday a tough battle for averting a government shutdown on October 1, saying the atmosphere in Congress is worse than it was in 1995-96 when a similar funding impasse closed federal agencies.

“I think we’re going to have a fight,” Representative Steny Hoyer told reporters, adding that 18 years ago there were significantly more moderate Republicans willing to seek compromises with Democrats and still there were shutdowns.

Sep 13, 2013

Analysis – U.S. House Republicans go for broke in fiscal battles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another down-to-the-wire fight, potentially more toxic than usual, is rapidly shaping up in the U.S. Congress as conservatives prepare to exploit looming fiscal deadlines to derail President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.

Like previous congressional spending battles, this one involves two measures that were once relatively routine: a bill to continue funding the government to avert a shutdown, and another to increase the government’s borrowing power so it can pay its debts and avoid default.

Sep 13, 2013

Analysis: House Republicans go for broke in fiscal battles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another down-to-the-wire fight, potentially more toxic than usual, is rapidly shaping up in the U.S. Congress as conservatives prepare to exploit looming fiscal deadlines to derail President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.

Like previous congressional spending battles, this one involves two measures that were once relatively routine: a bill to continue funding the government to avert a shutdown, and another to increase the government’s borrowing power so it can pay its debts and avoid default.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. House Republicans delay vote on spending, ‘Obamacare’ after split

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A Republican plan aimed at
averting a government shutdown in less than three weeks ran into
a wall of opposition on Wednesday from conservatives in the U.S.
House of Representatives, and leaders delayed any votes on it
until at least next week.

The plan, derided as a “trick” by some conservatives, would
have let them cast an essentially symbolic vote to defund
“Obamacare” health reforms without risking a shutdown, feared by
party leaders who remember the political damage they suffered
when government offices shut their doors in the mid-1990s.

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