GOP move on Obamacare all but ensures shutdown

GOP move on Obamacare all but ensures shutdown

By: John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman
September 28, 2013 10:39 AM EDT



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House Republicans will vote to pass a one-year delay of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, a plan that drastically increases the chances of a government shutdown this Tuesday.

The decision was announced by the GOP leadership in a closed meeting Saturday afternoon, according to sources present. Republicans will also pass a bill to fund U.S. troops if the government shuts down, according to GOP lawmakers. The House’s funding measure will keep the government open until mid December.

This puts Senate Democrats and the White House at loggerheads with House Republicans, a standoff that could lead to the first government shutdown since 1995. Continue reading “GOP move on Obamacare all but ensures shutdown”

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

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

Thomas Ferraro and Rachelle Younglai 12 hours ago

By Thomas Ferraro and Rachelle Younglai

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.

President Barack Obama has said he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling at all. Continue reading “No clear path to ending U.S. debt limit, spending impasse”