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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.

Sep 22, 2013

Democrats, Republicans expect to avert U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Key Democrats and
Republicans said on Sunday that they expect a bitterly divided
Congress to somehow come together and avert a U.S. government
shutdown in eight days.

But it remained unclear how they would do it and, more
importantly, who will blink over Republican demands to defund
President Barack Obama’s landmark overhaul of the U.S.
healthcare system, commonly known as Obamacare.

Sep 20, 2013

U.S. House taunts Democrats with anti-Obamacare spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A familiar Washington melodrama – will they or won’t they shut down the government – took center stage on Friday when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government but only if President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law is ransacked.

Notching its 42nd vote against Obamacare and knowing full well that the Democratic Senate will reject it, Republicans in the House cast their vote, staged a noisy celebration in front of a placard declaring “SenateMustAct,” and then left town for several days to give time for the Senate to demolish its work.

Sep 20, 2013

Obama, Boehner locked in another budget battle as deadlines loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner are gripped in another budget battle, but so far the two are shouting at each other from a distance instead of sitting down and negotiating as crucial deadlines rapidly approach.

While they might be playing a waiting game, the fact that they are not talking in a meaningful way – as they have during previous showdowns on fiscal issues – is itself becoming a side issue.

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