A bipartisan budget deal announced in Congress on Tuesday, would fiscal instability that culminated in October with a partial government shutdown.» Read More
WASHINGTON, Dec 5- U.S. budget negotiators were down to the final, most difficult items in a two-year deal to avoid another federal shutdown next month and ease some across-the-board spending cuts set to hit military and domestic programs, congressional aides said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Nov 21- The four key negotiators on the new farm bill are miles apart on the paramount issue- the level of cuts in the major U.S. anti-hunger program- with no sign of compromise as time runs down for legislative action before the end of the year.
That is nearly 10 times the savings backed by the Democrat-run Senate. "We talked about it some," Colin Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, told reporters as the "big four" negotiators- the leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture committees- took a midday break.
"There are actual, live vulnerabilities on the site now," David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, said in remarks before testifying on the topic "Is My Data on HealthCare.gov Secure?" Kennedy, Morgan Wright, CEO of Crowd Sourced Investigations and Fred Chang, cybersecurity chair at Southern Methodist University said "yes.
WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. House of Representatives Democrats, seething over the botched startup of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, are urging U.S. officials to swiftly help people whose existing insurance policies are being canceled due to Obamacare.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1- The troubled start of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare has administration officials scrambling to address a host of problems, from the unreliability of the website HealthCare.gov to questions about who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their current coverage.
*Senate and House back different levels of cuts in new farm bill. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- One of every seven Americans will take a hit on Friday when a $5 billion cut in food stamps, the first across-the-board reduction in the history of the decades-old federal program, takes effect.
She will face Republicans eager to prove, thus far unsuccessfully, that the White House orchestrated decisions that may have stalled the system. The White House has scrambled to fix technical issues and disputes Republican allegations that political motives were behind changes in the website's function.
*White House: signup can take place right up to March 31. WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The contractors for the government's troubled healthcare website sought to deflect blame on Wednesday as more Democrats voiced concerns about the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy.
WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government's healthcare website as Republicans increased pressure on Wednesday to delay parts of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy.
WASHINGTON, Oct 23- Congressional Republican leaders said on Wednesday they were committed to delaying a tax penalty provision in the health care law and would use oversight powers to hold President Barack Obama's administration "accountable" for problems with its launch.
WASHINGTON, Oct 23- House of Representatives Republicans remain committed to seeking a delay in the provision in President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires uninsured Americans to buy health insurance coverage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Wednesday.
The question of what a new House-Senate budget conference can deliver by its Dec. 13 deadline remains the subject of deep skepticism. The NYT reports.
WASHINGTON, Oct 14- A month of combat in the U.S. Congress over government spending showed signs on Monday of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent an economically damaging default on federal debt.
*No deal yet, White House wary of six-week debt extension. WASHINGTON, Oct 11- President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the U.S. debt limit and reopen the government.
*No deal yet, White House wary of six-week debt extension. Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by phone to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner as negotiations intensified to find a way to get federal workers back on the job and extend the government's borrowing authority past the Oct. 17 limit.
Obama will press his case in a morning meeting at the White House with Senate Republicans. "We've been very good about this, the White House has been great about it overnight to say let's stay out of all the details as we talk through all the different options," Oklahoma Republican Representative James Lankford said on CNN.
WASHINGTON, Oct 10- U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor called the budget meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday "very useful," and said "talks will continue tonight."
WASHINGTON, Oct 9- U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are considering signing on to a short-term increase in the government's borrowing authority to buy time for negotiations on broader policy measures, according to a Republican leadership aide.
WASHINGTON, Oct 9- In a shift some Republicans hope will strengthen their hand in the fight over the U.S. debt limit, some of the party's leaders in the House of Representatives are playing down demands to weaken "Obamacare" and focusing instead on calls to rein in deficits.