John Boehner

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand […]

10/16/2013

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. Aides to Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the leaders resumed talks Tuesday night and voiced optimism about striking an agreement Wednesday that could pass both houses of Congress and reach President Barack Obama's desk before Thursday, when the U.S. Treasury says it will begin running out of cash.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FINALLY! Deal to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would […]

10/16/2013

President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after he visited Martha's Table, which assists the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Obama, budget fight has high stakes for agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the outcome of this week’s fiscal fights with Republicans could have broad consequences for his stalled second-term agenda. A favorable deal for the White House might give Obama […]

10/14/2013

From left, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. leaving the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, following a meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the budget. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House GOP, White House seeking end to budget fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs. Senior aides […]

10/11/2013

Demonstrators display placards and chant during a rally to end the government shutdown, Thursday, Oct. 10,2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Luis M. Alvarez)

As shutdown drags on, is it time to call in mediator?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe it’s time to call in a mediator — if there’s one not on furlough. President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are in stalemate over a partial government shutdown now in its […]

10/10/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, following a meeting with House Republicans. Boehner said  Republicans will advance legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow to meet its obligations.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Boehner offers debt extension; WH says likely OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama […]

10/10/2013

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters about the looming deadline to fund the government and the fight among House Republicans on a strategy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 19, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers Thursday he will give President Barack Obama a proposal extending the government’s ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 — but only if he agrees […]

10/10/2013

From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others stand on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, during a news conference on the ongoing budget battle. President Barack Obama was making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown-Default: All quiet on compromise front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Its approval ratings scraping bottom, Congress took no discernible steps Wednesday to end the nine-day partial government shutdown or to head off a threatened default by the national Treasury. Instead, the House […]

10/09/2013

President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For Obama, little to say that hasn’t been said

WASHINGTON (AP) — His Asia trip was scrapped, most of his staff has been furloughed and he’s refused to hold negotiations with House Republicans. So on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was looking for something to […]

10/08/2013

Rick Hohensee of Washington holds a "Fire Congress" sign near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the second week of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown-Debt fight: There’s talk — about talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a threatened default — in exchange for immediate talks […]

10/08/2013

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republican leaders emerge from a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner says no ‘lines in the sand’ on debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions. The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday, quote, “I’m not drawing any lines in […]

10/08/2013

Normally packed with tourists, the stairs leading from the Capitol Visitors Center up to the Capitol Rotunda are empty as the government shutdown enters a second week, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the Senate plan to move quickly toward a vote to allow the government to borrow more money, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown as the time remaining to stop a […]

10/08/2013

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