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Oct 3, 2013

Gunfire forces brief lockdown at U.S. Capitol in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down on Thursday after gunshots were fired outside the building following a car chase across central Washington which ended with the woman who drove the car being shot, officials said.

One U.S. official said the woman was killed but this could not be confirmed immediately and a police official said he did not know the condition of the suspect.

Oct 3, 2013

Economic fears grow as U.S. government shutdown drags on

Oct 3 (Reuters) – A U.S. government shutdown entered its
third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between
Republicans and Democrats and concerns grew about the economic
consequences of a prolonged stalemate.

The standoff, prompted by Republicans’ determination to halt
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, appeared to be
merging with a more complex fight looming later this month over
raising the federal debt limit. Some feared this could stymie
any attempts to end the shutdown before the middle of October.

Oct 2, 2013

Obama to meet with congressional leaders as shutdown continues

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet
with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government
shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight.

The impasse has raised questions about Washington’s ability
to carry out its most essential duties. Though a short-term
shutdown would do relatively little damage to the world’s
largest economy, global markets could be roiled if Congress also
fails to raise the debt limit before borrowing authority runs
out in coming weeks.

Oct 1, 2013

White House rejects latest Republican offer to end shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House rejected a
Republican plan to reopen portions of the U.S. government on
Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like
the Statue of Liberty and threw hundreds of thousands of federal
employees out of work.

The back and forth offered no sign that President Barack
Obama and Republicans can soon end a standoff over health care
that has sidelined everything from trade negotiations to medical
research and raised new concerns about Congress’s ability to
perform its most basic duties.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government was headed toward a shutdown over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms using a temporary spending bill even as efforts emerged to try to negotiate a deal.

U.S. House of Representatives Republicans, in a bid to break the logjam over the spending bill, are expected to seek the creation of a bipartisan negotiating panel with the Senate, according to a senior Republican aide.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. gov’t shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. government was
headed toward a shutdown over Republican efforts to halt
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms using a temporary
spending bill even as efforts emerged to try to negotiate a
deal.

U.S. House of Representatives Republicans, in a bid to break
the logjam over the spending bill, are expected to seek the
creation of a bipartisan negotiating panel with the Senate,
according to a senior Republican aide.

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.

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