House GOP unveils six-week debt hike that continues shutdown

By Russell Berman and Erik Wasson – 10/10/13 12:14 PM ET

 

House Republican leaders will offer President Obama a six-week extension of the nation’s debt limit that would not end the government shutdown now in its 10th day.

In exchange, Republicans want a commitment from the White House to negotiate a longer-term budget plan that would reopen the government.

“It is our hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin,” Boehner told reporters after the meeting.

Boehner said the ending of the shutdown would depend on how the president responded. Continue reading “House GOP unveils six-week debt hike that continues shutdown”

Democrats push to connect CR, debt ceiling

Democrats push to connect CR, debt ceiling

Democrats hold a press conference on Oct. 2, 2013. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

‘We will act on a clean debt ceiling,’ Harry Reid says. | M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

By BURGESS EVERETT | 10/3/13 2:10 PM EDT

Senate Democrats hope to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government in one fell swoop, leaders indicated on Thursday.

Democratic demands are the same as they’ve always been: They want the GOP to agree to a debt ceiling increase and a continuing resolution to open the government that doesn’t include policy riders, particularly related to Obamacare. But now that the government is closed and the debt limit just two weeks away, leadership on Thursday sought to more explicitly connect the two critical items.

What does this mean for Americans? The government may be closed for weeks. Continue reading “Democrats push to connect CR, debt ceiling”

Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown

Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown

  President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, about the government shutdown. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung “Closed” signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an “ideological crusade” by GOP lawmakers determined to gut his health care law. On Capitol Hill, House Republicans answered with a bid to restart a few favored slices of government, including national parks, while still demanding concessions on health care.

Parks and monuments were the most visible casualty on the first day of the first partial government shutdown in more than a decade.

In Washington, barricades sprang up at the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments, and the National Park Service was turning off 45 fountains around the capital. National parks from Acadia in Maine to Denali in Alaska followed suit, as did many federal workplaces. Continue reading “Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown”

Government powers down; Obama to address country

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Government powers down; Obama to address country

ANDREW TAYLOR | October 1, 2013 12:42 PM EST |

WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached the boiling point. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation while Democrats and Republicans at the Capitol blamed each other for the first shutdown in nearly two decades.

“Closed” signs and barricades sprang up early Tuesday at the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments, and the National Park Service was turning off 45 fountains around the capital city. National parks from Acadia in Maine to Denali in Alaska followed suit, as did many federal workplaces.

Agencies like NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency were virtually shuttered. Continue reading “Government powers down; Obama to address country”

House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown

House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown

 

By , and , Updated: Saturday, September 28, 3:02 PM E-mail the writers

House Republican leaders proposed a new plan to the GOP rank-and-file Saturday afternoon: Make a new gesture of defiance toward President Obama’s health-care law, even if it increases the chances of a government shutdown Monday night.

Their proposal calls for amendments to a bill designed to keep the government open for a few more weeks. The changes would include a one-year delay in the health-care law, which is set to take effect next month. The GOP plan would also repeal, permanently, a medical-device tax included in the law.

Here's what some agencies have said about their specific plans in case of a government shutdown.

Here’s what some agencies have said about their specific plans in case of a government shutdown. Continue reading “House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown”