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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.

Sep 29, 2013

House Republicans defy Obama on funding bill; government shutdown nears

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives early on Sunday brought the federal government
closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack
Obama’s landmark healthcare law for a year as part of an
emergency spending bill.

By a mostly partisan vote of 231-192, the
Republican-controlled House approved the “Obamacare” amendment,
despite a veto threat from the White House.

Sep 29, 2013

Obama urges feuding U.S. Congress to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sternly warned the U.S. Congress on Friday against a government shutdown on October 1 as lawmakers struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to defund Obama’s healthcare reform law.

While there was still a chance of averting a shutdown, time was running out as House of Representatives Republicans fought with each other over the next steps.

Sep 29, 2013

U.S. House moves federal government closer to shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a decision that could make a U.S. government shutdown hard to avoid on Tuesday, the House of Representatives on Saturday prepared to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead to delay President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

The vote by the Republican-controlled House was set to begin Saturday night. But there was little doubt about the outcome among Republicans, who cheered and chanted jubilantly in a meeting earlier Saturday after choosing their course of action.

Sep 28, 2013

U.S. Republicans reject Senate bid to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. government edged
closer on Saturday to a shutdown as Republicans in the House of
Representatives rejected an emergency spending bill approved by
the Senate and pushed instead for a one-year delay of President
Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

In the latest round of high-stakes brinkmanship between
Democrats and Republicans, Republican leaders said after a
closed-door meeting, punctuated by loud cheering, that the House
would vote later on Saturday on their latest plan to scuttle the
healthcare law, known as “Obamacare.”

Sep 28, 2013

House conservatives hold firm as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With conservative House Republicans promising not to back down on an emergency spending bill in a push to defund President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, the U.S. government edged closer on Saturday to its first shutdown since 1996.

Although a last-minute temporary solution including a possible 10-day extension of government funding had been raised on Friday, there were no signs Democrats and Republicans could reach a deal before the October 1 deadline.

Sep 27, 2013

U.S. government shutdown looms as lawmakers feud

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. government braced
on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of
operations on Oct. 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency
spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea
Party-backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform
law.

While there was still a chance of averting a shutdown, time
was running out.

Indicative of lawmakers’ desperation, some mulled the
possibility of passing a bill to keep the government running for
a very short period of time, 10 days or so, to avert a shutdown
and provide more time to work out a longer-term deal.

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.

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