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Sep 30, 2013

Capitol quiet as federal government shutdown nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a deadline to avert a federal government shutdown fast approaching, the U.S. Capitol was eerily quiet on Sunday as Republicans and Democrats waited for the other side to blink first and break the impasse over funding.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives early on Sunday passed a measure that ties government funding to a one-year delay of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare restructuring law. Senate Democrats have vowed to quash it.

Sep 29, 2013

U.S. Capitol building eerily quiet as government shutdown nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With just a day to go before a midnight Monday deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Capitol building was eerily quiet on Sunday, with meeting rooms locked and no lawmakers to be found inside.

Senate Democrats decided on Sunday not to take up a measure approved in the early hours of the morning by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that ties funding governmental agencies with a one-year delay of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

Sep 29, 2013

House Republicans defy Obama on funding bill; government shutdown nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives early on Sunday brought the federal government closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law for a year as part of an emergency spending bill.

By a mostly partisan vote of 231-192, the Republican-controlled House approved the “Obamacare” amendment, despite a veto threat from the White House.

Sep 27, 2013

Government shutdown looms as lawmakers feud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government braced on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of operations on October 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea Party-backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform law.

While there was still a chance of averting a shutdown, time was running out.

The Senate on Friday was on track to pass legislation keeping the federal government operating beyond midnight Monday.

Sep 27, 2013

U.S. government shutdown looms as lawmakers feud

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. government braced
on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of
operations on Oct. 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency
spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea
Party-backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform
law.

While there was still a chance of averting a shutdown, time
was running out.

The Senate on Friday was on track to pass legislation
keeping the federal government operating beyond midnight Monday.

Sep 26, 2013

Congress turns attention to debt limit battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, struggling to avert a government shutdown next week, was warned by the Obama administration on Wednesday that the Treasury was quickly running out of funds to pay government bills and could soon face a damaging debt default.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pleaded with Congress to raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit and said the government would not be able to borrow funds past October 17.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Congress turns attention to debt limit battle

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, already
struggling to avert a government shutdown next week, turned its
attention on Wednesday to the other fiscal bullet it had to
dodge: a federal debt default.

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives notified
members that a vote on raising the debt limit could come as
early as Friday.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz speaks into the night against Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz began
on Wednesday the second day of a marathon attack on Obamacare
from the Senate floor, but most of his fellow Republicans
declined to join the Tea Party favorite.

Standing in the nearly empty Senate chamber shortly past
midnight, Cruz spent a ninth straight hour making his case to
defund President Barack Obama’s landmark overhaul of the U.S.
healthcare system.

Sep 24, 2013

Cruz brings Tea Party fight on Obamacare to U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a
renegade Tea Party favorite, took his fight to defund President
Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul to the Senate floor on
Tuesday, but most of his Republican colleagues refused to join
him.

In fact, a majority of the 46 Republicans in the Senate may
end up lining up instead with their party leaders, who want to
pass an emergency spending bill by Sept. 30 that would avoid a
federal government shutdown and would undercut Cruz’s
high-stakes effort to stop Obamacare.

Sep 24, 2013

U.S. Senate Republicans start closing ranks on spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday appeared to fall in line with their leaders who want to pass an emergency spending bill by September 30 and avoid government shutdowns, even if it means failing in a drive to destroy “Obamacare.”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party-backed conservative who has been pushing for gutting President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law by linking it to government funding in the new fiscal year, sought to rally support.

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