By Sean Lengell | 09/28/13 04:12 PM
The threat of a government shutdown looms larger every minute. But that doesn't mean the entire government will close its doors if Congress fails to pass a budget bill in time for the new fiscal year that begins Tuesday. Up to 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed as services deemed...
By Sean Lengell | 09/27/13 01:48 PM
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says her Democratic caucus is willing to meet Republicans halfway on the spending level of a short-term budget bill to keep the government funded past Monday.
By Sean Lengell | 09/24/13 07:07 AM
With a proposed merger between US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines grounded by a government-led antitrust lawsuit, the carriers — backed by a bipartisan group of political allies — are pressing the Obama administration to allow the deal to fly.
By Sean Lengell | 09/26/13 06:23 PM
President Obama took fire this week on several fronts over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, as environmentalists amped up pressure against the controversial project and House Republicans linked the pipeline's approval to a must-pass debt ceiling bill. More than two dozen environmental...
By Sean Lengell and David M. Drucker | 09/26/13 01:09 PM
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that his Republican majority would not support the government funding bill that the Democratic Senate is expected to send back to them this weekend.
By Sean Lengell | 09/26/13 05:19 AM
While efforts to avoid a looming government shutdown and debt crisis have dominated Capitol Hill this week, a group of House Democrats is quietly working behind the scenes to draft a comprehensive immigration reform bill they hope could win some Republican support.
By Sean Lengell | 09/25/13 04:33 PM
With no deal in sight on a congressional spending plan needed to avoid a government shutdown Tuesday, House Republican and Democratic leaders have yet to even discuss a compromise, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat said. "The sad news is, no Republican leader has called me up and asked, 'How can we...
By Sean Lengell | 09/24/13 05:12 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that his spending proposal designed to prevent a government shutdown at month's end will keep federal agencies funded through Nov. 15 -- a month less than a recently passed House version.
By Sean Lengell | 09/24/13 02:52 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear Tuesday that Republicans can't use a filibuster to block a spending bill designed to avoid government shutdown, saying that a scheduled Wednesday procedural vote on the measure will happen regardless.
By Sean Lengell | 09/16/13 01:23 PM
House Republicans are proposing significant cuts to the government's food stamp program, amping up the debate over whether the increasingly used program is a magnet for freeloaders or a vital safety net for the poor and unemployed.
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