Leaders from both parties insist a new government shutdown must be avoided although a plan to dodge it is still elusive and Sen. Ted Cruz is urging a repeat.» Read More
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.
Sen. Ted Cruz talks and talks and talks about his opposition to Obamacare, and his love for "Green Eggs and Ham."
*Must yield to Senate vote later in the day. Republican Senator Ted Cruz slogged into the second day of his marathon attack on Obamacare from the Senate floor on Wednesday, showing almost no signs of relenting after speaking for nearly 16 hours.
*Must yield to Senate vote later in the day. Senator Ted Cruz began on Wednesday the second day of a marathon attack on Obamacare from the Senate floor, but most of his fellow Republicans declined to join the Tea Party favorite.
HONG KONG, Sept 25- Hong Kong shares may see a third straight daily loss on Wednesday, with turnover expected to be subdued by uncertainty over U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, with a U.S. government shutdown looking likelier.
Senator Ted Cruz, a renegade Tea Party favorite, took his fight to defund President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul to the Senate floor on Tuesday, but most of his Republican colleagues refused to join him.
WASHINGTON, Sept 24- There are signs that the conservative Tea Party movement has pushed other Republicans in the U.S. Congress too far and that a counter-revolt may be brewing.
*Applied Materials shares rise on merger with Tokyo Electron. *Facebook leads Nasdaq on report it could be allowed in China. Tea Party- backed U.S. senators, threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government, ran into a wall of resistance from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
*Applied Materials shares rise on merger with Tokyo Electron. NEW YORK, Sept 24- The S&P 500 was barely higher on Tuesday and on track to end a three-session losing streak after housing data pointed to a slowly improving economy, but gains were limited by concern over budget negotiations in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Sept 24- U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday appeared to fall in line with their leaders who want to pass an emergency spending bill by Sept. 30 and avoid government shutdowns, even if it means failing in a drive to destroy "Obamacare."
*Applied Materials shares rise on merger with Tokyo Electron. *Facebook leads Nasdaq on report it could be allowed in China. "We are seeing that once again where, after some weakness, the buyers do kind of dip their toes in," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research in Cincinnati, Ohio.
*Applied Materials shares rise on merger with Tokyo Electron. *Facebook leads Nasdaq on report it could be allowed in China. The S&P 500 faced a possible fourth straight day of decline, but a gain of nearly 5 percent in Facebook shares led the Nasdaq composite index higher.
*Tea Party senators thwarted in stalling effort. WASHINGTON, Sept 23- A trio of Tea Party- backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
WASHINGTON, Sept 23- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will not back an effort by members of his own party to block a bill that would avert a government shutdown next week, his office said on Monday. In a brief statement, his office said McConnell supports the House-passed measure, which would also defund Obamacare.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner are gripped in another budget battle, but so far the two are shouting at each other from a distance instead of sitting down and negotiating as crucial deadlines rapidly approach.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The prospects of Ron Binz taking the reins at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dimmed on Thursday when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he would "work to defeat" the former Colorado regulator. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, another coal-rich state, on Wednesday said he would not vote for Binz.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he would "work to defeat" the nomination of former Colorado regulator Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "Binz has a proven track record of hostility toward coal and other traditional fossil fuels," the Kentucky senator said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, Sept 4- Former President Bill Clinton attempted on Wednesday to cut through confusion and worries about the new U.S. healthcare law, telling Americans they will be better off with Obamacare and urging opponents to make the best of it.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 31- Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading a conservative push to eliminate funding for President Barack Obama's new healthcare law, took his fight on Saturday to a forum of Republican activists where he challenged lawmakers in his party not to "surrender" on Obamacare.