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Sep 30, 2015

Congress averts government shutdown, sends funding measure to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11.

The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to secure passage in a 277 to 151 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

Sep 30, 2015

U.S. Congress averts govt shutdown, sends funding measure to Obama

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Ending weeks of infighting,
the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government
shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a
stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until
Dec. 11.

The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to
secure passage in a 277 to 151 vote. A large majority of
Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet
conservatives’ demands to cut off money to women’s healthcare
provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

Sep 29, 2015

Obama, Congress to kick off budget negotiations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republican leaders and the White House will launch negotiations soon on a two-year budget deal that would establish new limits for U.S. government spending in 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

Seeking to bring more fiscal stability to Washington, McConnell said he and House Speaker John Boehner had spoken with President Barack Obama, a Democrat, about the talks. Boehner has announced he will step down at the end of October.

Sep 28, 2015

U.S. Congress moves on spending bill as shutdown deadline looms

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress moved on
Monday to rush legislation to President Barack Obama that avoids
a government shutdown on Thursday as the new fiscal year starts
while setting aside a bitter Republican feud over money for
Planned Parenthood.

The Senate kicked off the effort by advancing a measure to
extend all previous agency funding levels until Dec. 11, in a
bipartisan 77-19 procedural vote.

Sep 26, 2015

Under pressure from the right, House Speaker Boehner quits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will leave Congress at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican.

The 65-year-old Ohio lawmaker stunned Republican House members at a meeting on Friday morning with the announcement that he would leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30.

Sep 25, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner to quit Congress next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who struggled with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous 5-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican, will step down from the speakership and leave the House at the end of October.

The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a morning meeting on Friday with the announcement he will leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30.

Sep 25, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner to resign from Congress at end of October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner, who has repeatedly been challenged by the
conservative wing of his Republican Party, plans to resign from
the House at the end of October.

The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a
morning meeting with the announcement he will step down from the
speakership, the top job in the 435-seat chamber, and resign his
seat in Congress effective on Oct. 30.

Sep 24, 2015

Bill to avoid government shutdown moves in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Thursday began advancing bills urgently needed to avoid federal agency shutdowns on Oct. 1 while navigating conservatives’ demands to punish Planned Parenthood over an abortion controversy.

The Senate defeated Republican efforts to use a funding extension bill to cut off money to Planned Parenthood, clearing the way for a version without that provision that extends all previous funding through Dec. 11.

Sep 24, 2015

Bill to avoid U.S. gov’t shutdown moves in Congress

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the
U.S. Congress on Thursday began advancing bills urgently needed
to avoid federal agency shutdowns on Oct. 1 while navigating
conservatives’ demands to punish Planned Parenthood over an
abortion controversy.

The Senate defeated Republican efforts to use a funding
extension bill to cut off money to Planned Parenthood, clearing
the way for a version without that provision that extends all
previous funding through Dec. 11.

Sep 22, 2015

As clock ticks, U.S. Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A legislative holding action
to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the
Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a
dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned
Parenthood could be overcome.

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline for
action, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap
funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10
weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

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