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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.

Sep 24, 2013

Efforts to avert U.S. shutdown continue amid Republican discord

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A trio of Tea Party-backed
U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S.
government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate
Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the
second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear
that they would not support the tactics of freshman Senators Ted
Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, which would have increased the
odds of a government shutdown on Oct 1.

Sep 23, 2013

No compromise in sight as U.S. shutdown deadline nears

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – All signs on Monday pointed
to a frantic last-minute showdown that will determine whether or
not the U.S. government stays open next week or shuts down as a
result of Republican efforts to scuttle “Obamacare,” President
Barack Obama’s health care law.

Heightening the tension, and the pressure on Republicans,
the Pentagon issued a warning about the consequences of a
shutdown, neither the first nor the last such announcement
expected from federal agencies over the next few days.

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

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.

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