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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.

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 quick dismissal 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. An even bigger battle looms in
coming weeks, when Congress must raise the debt limit or risk a
U.S. default that could roil global markets.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government on brink of shutdown, Congress still deadlocked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government was on the edge of a major shutdown as Congress remained in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms using a temporary spending bill.

Competing spending measures flew back and forth between the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate with increasing rapidity and without any sign of compromise.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. gov’t on brink of shutdown, Congress still deadlocked

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. government was on
the edge of a major shutdown as Congress remained in partisan
deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt to President
Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms using a temporary spending
bill.

Competing spending measures flew back and forth between the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives and
Democratic-led Senate with increasing rapidity and without any
sign of compromise.

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.

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