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Oct 14, 2013

Obama says it appears some progress in Senate toward averting default

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Monday it appears there has been progress in Senate fiscal
impasse negotiations but that there is a good chance the United
States will default on its debts if Republicans are unwilling to
set aside some partisan concerns.

Obama emerged from the White House to visit Martha’s Table,
an organization that makes meals for low-income families where
some furloughed government workers have been volunteering.

Oct 13, 2013

U.S. veterans groups take shutdown protest to White House gates

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Veteran and Tea Party groups
protested the U.S. government shutdown in Washington on Sunday,
taking down barricades around the World War Two memorial on the
National Mall before marching to the gates of the White House.

Police officers, some in riot gear, pushed back against the
crowd when it got too close to the White House fence, creating a
brief flashpoint of anger in an otherwise peaceful
demonstration.

Oct 12, 2013

Obama pressures Republicans to raise debt ceiling, end shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.

The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who control the House of Representatives has idled hundreds of thousands of government workers hit by a 12-day government shutdown and put the United States at risk of a historic debt default, possibly by next Thursday, unless the borrowing limit is raised.

Oct 9, 2013

During shutdown, U.S. charity to ensure fallen troops’ death benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A private U.S. charity struck a deal with the Pentagon on Wednesday to advance a “death gratuity” to families of American troops who die during the government shutdown, after the Defense Department determined it was legally unable to make the $100,000 payment.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the agreement after returning from Dover Air Force Base, where he attended a ceremony marking the return of the bodies of four U.S. soldiers killed by insurgents in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Oct 9, 2013

Obama says Republicans must end ‘threats’ on fiscal impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama refused to give ground in a fiscal confrontation with Republicans on Tuesday, saying he would negotiate on budget issues only if they agree to re-open the federal government and raise the debt limit with no conditions.

At a news conference, an unbending Obama said he would not hold talks on ways to end the fiscal impasse while under threat from conservative Republicans, but agreed to discuss anything, including his healthcare plan, if they restore government funding and raise the debt limit.

Oct 8, 2013

Obama tells Republicans he will negotiate once they end ‘threats’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned up the political pressure on Republicans on Tuesday, saying he would be willing to negotiate on budget issues only after they agree to re-open the federal government and raise the debt limit with no conditions.

At a news conference, an unbending Obama said he would not hold talks on ways to end the fiscal impasse under threat from “more extreme parts of the Republican Party.”

Oct 5, 2013

As U.S. shutdown drags on, House votes to pay idled workers

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans in
the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to
retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the
government reopens, but there was no end in sight to the
shutdown that was in its fifth day.

The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously and
it is expected to clear the Senate and be signed by President
Barack Obama. It was a rare moment of cooperation in the House
as the two parties were entrenched in their positions on the
shutdown.

Oct 4, 2013

Obama walks to sandwich shop to try to win points on budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took an unusual stroll to a sandwich shop down the street from the White House on Friday, a photo opportunity designed to show their solidarity for workers laid off due to a government shutdown.

Obama also seized the opportunity to respond to an embarrassing quote from an unnamed White House official that Republicans have used to their advantage in the battle over who is to blame for hundreds of thousands of people going without pay checks.

Oct 3, 2013

Obama’s Asia trip: Should he stay or should he go?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Washington paralyzed by a government shutdown, time is running out for President Barack Obama to decide whether to leave the stalemate behind and fly halfway around the world to attend two international summits in Indonesia and Brunei.

On Thursday, the White House was still officially hoping the shutdown would end quickly, allowing Obama to avoid having to choose between looking after things at home, or advancing his trade and foreign policy goals in Asia on a trip beginning on Saturday.

Oct 3, 2013

Obama blames Republican ‘obsession’ for government shutdown

ROCKVILLE, Md (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ridiculed House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for refusing to allow a vote on a funding bill that would end a three-day government shutdown, saying the top Republican in Washington is in the grip of conservative “extremists.”

Obama’s speech at a construction company in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, showed there was no sign of movement toward a deal that would reopen the government’s doors and allow hundreds of thousands of idled government workers to go back to their jobs.

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