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Sep 27, 2013

No clear path to ending U.S. debt limit, spending impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday refused to give in to President Barack Obama’s demand for straightforward bills to run the government beyond September 30 and to increase borrowing authority to avoid a historic default.

In a direct challenge to Obama, they said they will seek not only a one-year delay in the full implementation of the national healthcare law known as “Obamacare” in return for raising the debt ceiling, but also seek a Republican wish-list of tax measures, energy bills, regulatory proposals and spending cuts that Democrats have already refused to endorse.

Sep 26, 2013

House Republicans challenge Obama on debt limit, spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday refused to give in to President Barack Obama’s demands for straightforward bills to keep the government running beyond September 30 and to increase borrowing authority to avoid a historic default.

In a direct challenge to Obama, they said they will seek a one-year delay in the full implementation of the new national healthcare law known as “Obamacare” in return for raising U.S. borrowing authority by enough to let Treasury borrow through the end of 2014.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz catapults to fame with marathon anti-Obamacare speech

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – As Ted Cruz’s anti-Obamacare
U.S. Senate talkathon entered its 19th hour early on Wednesday,
Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin said that “by the
time this is over, most people in America are going to know who
Ted Cruz is.”

When the 21st and final hour came at noon, the freshman
Republican U.S. senator, his tie askew, his hand on his heart in
a final flourish, had been catapulted into the public
consciousness.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Congress turns attention to debt limit battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, already struggling to avert a government shutdown next week, turned its attention Wednesday to the other fiscal bullet it had to dodge: a federal debt default.

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives notified members that a vote on raising the debt limit could come as early as Friday.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz rails through night against Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator Ted
Cruz slogged into the second day of his marathon attack on
Obamacare from the Senate floor on Wednesday, showing almost no
signs of relenting after speaking for nearly 16 hours.

Standing in a nearly empty Senate chamber, Cruz made his
case to deny funding to implement President Barack Obama’s
landmark overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, calling it the
country’s “biggest jobs killer.”

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz speaks into the night against Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz began
on Wednesday the second day of a marathon attack on Obamacare
from the Senate floor, but most of his fellow Republicans
declined to join the Tea Party favorite.

Standing in the nearly empty Senate chamber shortly past
midnight, Cruz spent a ninth straight hour making his case to
defund President Barack Obama’s landmark overhaul of the U.S.
healthcare system.

Sep 24, 2013

Cruz brings Tea Party fight on Obamacare to U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a
renegade Tea Party favorite, took his fight to defund President
Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul to the Senate floor on
Tuesday, but most of his Republican colleagues refused to join
him.

In fact, a majority of the 46 Republicans in the Senate may
end up lining up instead with their party leaders, who want to
pass an emergency spending bill by Sept. 30 that would avoid a
federal government shutdown and would undercut Cruz’s
high-stakes effort to stop Obamacare.

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.

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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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