Congressional leaders from both parties are working out the details of a two-year federal budget deal they hope to vote on before the holiday recess.» Read More
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama rejected Republican entreaties to negotiate over his healthcare law on Wednesday as a condition for their agreement to approve legislation that would end a government shutdown, Democratic leaders said.
ROME, Ga., Oct 2- In the bustling, tree-lined business district of Rome, Georgia, deli owner Charlie Schroeder lauded Republican Representative Tom Graves this week for his pivotal role in shutting down the U.S. government for the first time in 17 years.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but a solution seemed unlikely as both sides dug in for what could be a long stalemate.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama and congressional leaders began a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, a White House official said, as they tried to find a way to end a government shutdown.
*Obama cancels overseas visits to Malaysia, Philippines. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama scaled back a long-planned trip to Asia on Wednesday and planned a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress that both sides said was unlikely to yield an end to the government shutdown.
*Obama cancels overseas visits to Malaysia, Philippines. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama will meet the four top leaders of Congress at the White House on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reopen the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling, a White House official said.
*Gold down nearly 3 percent, copper at one-week low. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Oil prices ended lower on Tuesday and extended losses after the market closed as U.S. politicians continued battling over how to overcome a budget impasse that shut down Federal agencies and programs.
WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.
Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after lawmakers could not break a political stalemate that sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions.
WASHINGTON, Oct 1- With a government shutdown under way, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to recess until 9:30 a.m., at which time Democrats will formally reject the House of Representatives' latest offer for funding the government.
Reid instead called on the House to pass a Senate- approved measure that would keep the government funded through Nov. 15. Earlier on Monday, competing spending measures flew back and forth between the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate with increasing rapidity and without any sign of compromise.
WASHINGTON, Sept 30- President Barack Obama placed separate calls to congressional leaders on Monday evening as a midnight deadline for a government shutdown drew closer, a White House official said.
Obama called Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, the official said.
The U.S. government is on the verge of a shutdown, with Robert Costa of National Review; and discussing the vote on delaying the individual mandate of Obamacare, with Sen. John Thune (R-SD). Costa says "there is no way the Senate Democrats will vote on this bill."
*Senate expected to strip Obamacare delay from funding bill. WASHINGTON, Sept 30- The U.S. Congress, still in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the U.S. government starting on Tuesday morning.
*After day of discord, no action in Senate until Monday afternoon. WASHINGTON, Sept 29- With a deadline to avert a federal government shutdown fast approaching, the U.S. Capitol was eerily quiet on Sunday as Republicans and Democrats waited for the other side to blink first and break the impasse over funding.
*Senate expected to reject loaded-up funding bill. WASHINGTON, Sept 29- The U.S. House of Representatives early on Sunday brought the federal government closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law for a year as part of an emergency spending bill.
Hagel, speaking to reporters en route to Seoul to mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S.- South Korea defense alliance, said he had spent much of the week working on future spending cuts while planning for a shutdown next week that could force 400,000 civilian defense workers to take unpaid leave.
President Barack Obama threatened to veto a House Republican bill that would delay much of Obamacare for a year and cancel a tax on medical devices.