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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 5, 2013

Washington heads into fifth day of shutdown, no end in sight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s borrowing authority started heating up.

The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday session but with no expectations of progress on either the shutdown or a measure to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Congress must act by October 17 in order to avoid a government debt default.

Oct 5, 2013

Washington heads into fifth day of shutdown, no end in sight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s borrowing authority started heating up.

The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday session but with no expectations of progress on either the shutdown or a measure to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Congress must act by October 17 in order to avoid a government debt default.

Oct 5, 2013

Washington still deadlocked on shutdown and debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Washington headed into the
fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight
even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s
borrowing authority started heating up.

The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday
session but with no expectations of progress on either the
shutdown or a measure to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt
ceiling. Congress must act by Oct. 17 in order to avoid a
government debt default.

Oct 4, 2013

Republicans hang tough in standoff over U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans held their ground on Friday in a standoff with President Barack Obama over the U.S. government shutdown, accusing him of intransigence and not caring about the impact of the shutdown, now in its fourth day.

With little sign of compromise on either side, many fear the shutdown, triggered by a dispute over the president’s healthcare reforms, will drag on until bickering politicians tackle the more dire threat of a possible U.S. default later this month.

Oct 4, 2013

U.S. Republican moderate seeks compromise to get government running again.

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Just hours after the first
U.S. government shutdown in 17 years began at midnight on
Monday, Republican Representative Charlie Dent was looking for a
way to end it.

Dent, 53, of Pennsylvania, is a leader of a “center-right”
group of about 50 House Republicans, ranging from conservatives
to moderates, who try to get things done in a divided
Washington.

Oct 3, 2013

Obama, congressional leaders still deadlocked on shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough.

After more than an hour of talks, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Obama refused to negotiate, while House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of trying to hold the president hostage over Obamacare.

Oct 2, 2013

Obama, congressional leaders meet as shutdown wears on

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met
with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday
to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the
federal government, but a solution seemed unlikely as both sides
dug in for what could be a long stalemate.

As hundreds of thousands of federal employees faced a second
day without pay, leaders of the Republican-controlled House of
Representatives and the Democratic-led Senate offered token
concessions that were quickly dismissed by the other side.
Obama, meanwhile, scaled back a long-planned trip to Asia.

Oct 2, 2013

Obama to cut short Asia trip as shutdown continues

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday scaled down a long-planned trip to Asia, as a U.S.
government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight to
the funding row in Congress that triggered it.

Obama is expected to leave on Saturday for summit meetings
in Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysian media quoted Prime Minister
Najib Razak as saying he would now skip a subsequent visit to
Kuala Lumpur. His last stop, in the Philippines, also now looks
in question.

Oct 2, 2013

In first day of U.S. shutdown, no sign how it will end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans came no closer to ending a standoff on Tuesday that has forced the first government shutdown in 17 years and thrown hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work.

As police cordoned off landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and government agencies stopped cancer treatments and trade negotiations, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved to restore funding to national parks, veterans care and the District of Columbia.

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      "Thomas Ferraro joined Reuters in 1998; he has helped cover a number of presidential campaigns and is a veteran of Capitol Hill where he has seen Democratic and Republican majorities rise and fall. He has also covered a number of Supreme Court confirmation battles, including those of four nominees now on the highest U.S. court."
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