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Senate Approves Funding Bill To Avert Government Shutdown

By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate approved a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown on Wednesday, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. Lawmakers voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing resolution, or CR, that would keep federal agencies […]

September 28, 2016
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White House, Govt Agencies To Talk On Plans In Case Of Shutdown

The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.

September 23, 2016

Fiscal Fights Fade As U.S. Congress Backs Huge Budget Bill

Obama says, “I think the system worked,” as Congress passes large-scale measure to end possibility of government shutdowns during 2016 campaign season.

December 18, 2015

Congress Negotiators Get Tax, Spending Deal: Lawmakers

Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.

December 16, 2015

Every December, Why All The Drama?

Every December brings anxieties about Congress finishing its work in time to avert a government shutdown. Christmas cheer is overshadowed by partisan finger pointing; lawmakers have months to come to an agreement on spending priorities and policy riders, but don’t.

December 15, 2015

Ryan Faces His First Big Test As House Speaker: Avoid A Government Shutdown

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan faces his first big test as Congress stares down a deadline to do something that has become increasingly difficult: pass a bill to fund the government.

December 2, 2015
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4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.

October 21, 2015

The Republican Brand Is Tea Party

Democrats have their own problems, but they are far more in step with mainstream America while the GOP remains more interested in appeasing a narrow base than governing a diverse country.

October 1, 2015

Congress Passes Funding Bill To Avoid Government Shutdowns

Outgoing House Speaker Johnson Boehner needed support from Democrats to keep the government open, as a majority of Republicans voted against it.

September 30, 2015

Endorse This: Oversight Of The Oversight

Watch as the committee’s lead Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, points to the political double-standard in the Planned Parenthood debate.

September 29, 2015

GOP Upheaval Brings New Dread

Looks like the public will once again blame mainstream Republicans for not curbing the tantrum wing of their party — and the GOP can kiss the 2016 presidential election goodbye. That may sound like a good thing for the Democrats, but must the entire nation suffer in the process?

September 29, 2015

Congress Begins Advancing Spending Bill With Deadline Looming

John Boehner’s resignation as Speaker of the House has helped free him and his Republican colleagues in Congress for something important: doing their job.

September 28, 2015

Boehner Says Will Avoid U.S. Government Shutdown; Slams ‘False Prophets’

Blasting hard-line conservatives as “false prophets,” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week.

September 27, 2015

Senate Bill Would Keep Federal Agencies Open Into December: McConnell

Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

September 22, 2015

Congress Readies To Shut Down Government Over Planned Parenthood Funding

Congress is back in session, and that means a possible government shutdown over funding Planned Parenthood.

September 8, 2015
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Planned Parenthood Says Shutdown Would Hurt GOP Senators

Polling consistently says that a majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood.

August 10, 2015

Will Washington Blow Up Again?

Draconian budget cuts and shutdown threats are not only bad politics but a deeply flawed and irresponsible approach to governing.

July 9, 2015

Endorse This: A Kiss From John Boehner?

Watch Speaker John Boehner really play hard-to-get with the press corps.

February 26, 2015

Boehner Offered Free Pass Out Of Shutdown Mess, But He Doesn’t Want To Take It

Republicans appear fully committed to another shutdown crisis.

February 17, 2015

Republicans Have (Another) Government Shutdown Problem

Republicans are staring a Department of Homeland Security shutdown in the face — and they seem to be out of ideas to stop it.

February 10, 2015

Obama’s Boehner Bailout

What Boehner and Obama’s temporary alliance tells us about the next two years.

December 15, 2014

GOP, Obama Stop Liberal Revolt, Push Through Budget To Avert Shutdown

Congress avoided a government shutdown — barely.

December 11, 2014

Congress Could Enact Rollback Of Dodd-Frank Limits On Derivatives

If Democrats want to avoid a shutdown, they may have to gut Wall Street regulation.

December 11, 2014

Spending Bill’s Campaign Finance Provision Puts More Money In Politics

Wealthy donors win big in the new spending bill. Again.

December 11, 2014
US congressional negotiators have finalized a huge spending bill that funds most federal operations through next September, concluding weeks of haggling to avoid a looming government shutdown (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

5 Things For Progressives To Hate In The New Spending Bill

Congress’ new budget bill has something for everyone to hate.

December 10, 2014