Paul Ryan, Patty Murray a few billion apart

Paul Ryan, Patty Murray a few billion apart

By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
December 5, 2013 07:25 PM EST

Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are only a few billion dollars in budgetary savings away from a deal that would set spending levels and blunt the impact of across-the-board spending cuts for the next two years, according to sources close to the negotiations.

But hurdles remain, as finding those few billion dollars is difficult in an already tight federal budget.

Ryan and Murray — who chair the House and Senate Budget committees respectively — will work through the weekend to try to craft the ever-elusive budget agreement. Their self-imposed deadline is Dec. 13, which is next Friday. After then, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vows he will send the House home for Christmas with or without a budget agreement.

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Shutdown ends; Obama signs deal

By Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz – 10/17/13 12:40 AM ET

President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will return to their jobs on Thursday, and national parks and memorials shuttered for 16 days will reopen.

Lawmakers voted just hours before the Oct. 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. Continue reading “Shutdown ends; Obama signs deal”

Dems decry midnight rule change

By Mike Lillis – 10/14/13 03:32 PM ET

House Democrats are fuming about a rule change adopted by Republicans just before the government shut down on Oct. 1, arguing it shows GOP leaders closed agencies intentionally.

Under long-standing House rules, any member of the chamber can bring a measure to the floor. But Republicans altered the rule governing legislation to fund the government so that only House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) holds the power to make such a motion.

The practical effect of that change became apparent on Saturday, when Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tried to bring the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to the floor, only to be shot down.

“That motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was presiding over the chamber at the time. Continue reading “Dems decry midnight rule change”

Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens

Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens

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Most federal employees will receive a paycheck on Friday that’s only 60 percent of the usual amount, thanks to the government shutdown. This could be the last check they receive until agencies reopen.

Friday, Oct. 11, is the next pay day for federal workers for the preceding two-week pay period. Government employees who work a typical schedule — 8-hour days, Monday through Friday — will receive pay for only six days of work in their next paycheck. The most recent pay period ran from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5; the government shut down on Oct. 1, which means employees will not be paid for Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 in Friday’s paycheck. Continue reading “Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens”

Boehner reports no progress as focus shifts to Senate plan (Video)

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Boehner reports no progress as focus shifts to Senate plan

By Russell Berman and Erik Wasson – 10/12/13 11:11 AM ET

Hopes for a deal to end the government shutdown and avert a U.S. default turned to the Senate on Saturday as House Republicans said their talks with the White House were effectively over.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told House Republicans at a morning conference meeting that there has been little progress in negotiations with the White House.

Other members said talks had now shifted from the House to the Senate.

“It’s up to the Senate Republicans,” conservative Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said as he left the meeting. “The president rejected our deal.” Continue reading “Boehner reports no progress as focus shifts to Senate plan (Video)”