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Government Shutdown Shows No Signs Of Ending As Congress Remains In Stalemate

Oct 02, 2013 | Updated Oct 02, 2013

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.

A funding cutoff for much of the government began Tuesday as a Republican effort to kill or delay the nation's health care law stalled action on a short-term, traditionally routine spending bill. Republicans pivoted to a strategy to try to reopen the government piecemeal but were unable to immediately advance the idea in the House.

National parks like Yellowstone and Alcatraz Island were shuttered, government websites went dark and hundreds of thousands of nonessential workers reported for a half-day to fill out time cards, hand in their government cellphones and laptops, and change voicemail messages to gird for a deepening shutdown.

The Defense Department said it wasn't clear that service academies would be able to participate in sports, putting Saturday's Army vs. Boston College and Air Force vs. Navy football games on hold, with a decision to be made Thursday.

And the White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama would have to truncate a long-planned trip to Asia, calling off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines.

Even as many government agencies closed their doors, health insurance exchanges that are at the core of Obama's health care law were up and running, taking applications for coverage that would start Jan. 1.

"Shutting down our government doesn't accomplish their stated goal," Obama said of his Republican opponents at a Rose Garden event hailing implementation of the law. "The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House; it passed the Senate. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. It was a central issue in last year's election. It is settled, and it is here to stay. And because of its funding sources, it's not impacted by a government shutdown."

GOP leaders faulted the Senate for killing a House request to open official negotiations on the temporary spending bill. Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada insist that Republicans give in and pass their simple, straightforward temporary funding bill, known as a continuing resolution.

"None of us want to be in a shutdown. And we're here to say to the Senate Democrats, 'Come and talk to us,'" House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said as GOP lawmakers designated to negotiate the shutdown legislation met among themselves before cameras and reporters. "At each and every turn, the Senate Democrats refused to even discuss these proposals."

In an op-ed in Wednesday's USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote: "As for House Republicans, we will continue our efforts to keep the government running and deal honestly with the problems we face. We hope that Senate Democrats — and President Obama — change course and start working with us on behalf of the American people."

Late Tuesday, House Republicans sought passage of legislation aimed at reopening small slices of the government. The bills covered the national parks, the Veterans Affairs Department and city services in Washington, D.C., such as garbage collection funded with local tax revenues.

The move presented Democrats with politically challenging votes but they rejected the idea, saying it was unfair to pick winners and losers as federal employees worked without a guarantee of getting paid and the effects of the partial shutdown rippled through the country and the economy. The White House promised a veto.

Since the measures were brought before the House under expedited procedures requiring a two-thirds vote to pass, House Democrats scuttled them, despite an impassioned plea by Democratic D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who recalled that in the last shutdown 17 years ago she prevailed on House Speaker Newt Gingrich to win an exemption to keep the D.C. government running.

"I must support this piecemeal approach," Norton said. "What would you do if your local budget was here?"

But other Democrats said Republicans shouldn't be permitted to choose which agencies should open and which remain shut.

"This piecemeal approach will only prolong a shutdown," Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said.

Republicans said there could be more votes Wednesday, perhaps to allow the National Institutes of Health to continue pediatric cancer research. The NIH's famed hospital of last resort wasn't admitting new patients because of the shutdown. Dr. Francis Collins, agency director, estimated that each week the shutdown lasts would force the facility to turn away about 200 patients, 30 of them children, who want to enroll in studies of experimental treatments. Patients already at the hospital are permitted to stay.

Republicans also said the House may vote anew on the three measures that failed Tuesday, this time under normal rules requiring a simple majority to pass.

Republicans hoped such votes would create pressure on Democrats to drop their insistence that they won't negotiate on the spending bill or an even more important subsequent measure, required in a couple of weeks or so, to increase the government's borrowing limit.

There were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown could last for weeks and grow to encompass the measure to increase the debt limit. "This is now all together," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said.

"It's untenable not to negotiate," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said. "I've always believed it was the debt limit that would be the forcing action."

While GOP leaders seemed determined to press on, some Republicans conceded they might bear the brunt of any public anger over the shutdown — and seemed resigned to an eventual surrender in their latest bruising struggle with Obama.

Democrats have "all the leverage and we've got none," Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said.

Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia said it was time to pass legislation reopening the government without any health care impediments.

"The shutdown is hurting my district — including the military and the hardworking men and women who have been furloughed due to the defense sequester," he said.

But that was far from the majority view among House Republicans, where tea party-aligned lawmakers prevailed more than a week ago on a reluctant leadership to link federal funding legislation to the health care law. In fact, some conservatives fretted the GOP had already given in too much.

17/10/2013 05:30 BST

Obama Signs Budget Bill

From the White House:

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the President signed into law:

H.R. 2775, the "Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014," which provides fiscal year 2014 appropriations for projects and activities of the Federal Government through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The effective time for the continuing resolution begins on October 1, 2013. H.R. 2775 also extends the Nation's debt limit through February 7, 2014.

Read more here.

17/10/2013 04:58 BST

White House Receives Budget Legislation

17/10/2013 04:13 BST

Frank Lautenberg's Widow Reaps $174,000 In Senate Budget Bill

Hours before Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) won a New Jersey special senatorial election to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), U.S. senators paid tribute to Lautenberg in their own way.

Rushed to approve a 35-page deal to fund the government and avert a debt default, senators allowed a few unrelated provisions to slip through.

One was section 146, guaranteeing $174,000 -- the equivalent of one year's salary -- to Lautenberg's widow, Bonnie Englebart Lautenberg.

Read more here.

-- Ashley Alman

17/10/2013 03:59 BST

Federal Employees Back To Work Thursday

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell released the following statement Wednesday evening:

"Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning. Employees should be checking the news and OPM's website for further updates."

17/10/2013 03:36 BST

Stenographer Removed For Shouting On House Floor

A shouting stenographer was removed from the House floor as lawmakers voted on a deal to reopen the government and avoid a debt crisis.

The stenographer began shouting as the the House approved the number of votes needed to pass the bill. According to reporters, she was yelling about God and Freemasons:

-- Paige Lavender

17/10/2013 03:27 BST

House Vote: 285-144

The House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit.

Read more here.

17/10/2013 03:18 BST

Republicans Score Amazing Own Goal

HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Dave Jamieson report:

After voting this year to keep federal employees' pay frozen, Republicans in Congress have accidentally given many government workers their first raise in three years.


It's one of several unintended consequences of the Republican gambit to defund Obamacare by shutting down the government. It isn't a nominal raise, and it won't improve most workers' lives one bit. In fact, so far it's brought mostly misery and anxiety. But here's how it's a one-time raise.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have been off the job for two weeks due to the government shutdown. As part of the deal hatched Wednesday to reopen the government, Congress included a measure to pay those workers retroactively for the time they missed, as a matter of fairness, just as it has in the budget impasses of yesteryear. The rationale: federal workers shouldn't have to pay the price for Congress's failures.

But in a symbol of just how wasteful a government shutdown is, lawmakers -- many of whom complain that the federal workforce is bloated, and who haven't granted workers a single cost-of-living adjustment since 2010 -- have forced federal employees to perform two fewer weeks of work for the same salary, all due to congressional squabbling. That's a full pay period, amounting to 3.8 percent of annual wages.

Read more here.

17/10/2013 03:14 BST

House Passes Budget Deal

The House has voted to end the latest damaging battle of divided government in a polarized Congress.

Read more here.

17/10/2013 03:13 BST

House Has The Votes

17/10/2013 03:05 BST

Mitch McConnell Wins The Praises Of... Democratic Leaders

HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery reports:

There was a lot of back-patting among Democratic leaders Wednesday after the Senate passed its bill to end the government shutdown and avert a debt default. But some of their most effusive praise was for the leader of the other party, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) at the eleventh hour to avoid catastrophe.

"The Republican leader's cooperation was essential to reach an accord," Reid told reporters, noting his sometimes rocky relationship with the GOP leader. "I've worked with McConnell for many years. The last bit has not been ... [long pause] good."

McConnell "stepped up to be [Reid's] partner when it really counted," said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.).

Read more here.

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Speaker Boehner arrives back at the Capitol for the House vote.... pic.twitter.com/itSrCp8NG5

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Despite President Barack Obama's optimism during quick remarks after the Senate vote, reporters remain skeptical.

\"Mr. President, isn't this going to happen all over again in a few months?\" one called out as Obama started to leave the briefing room.

\"No,\" he said.

Laughter ensued.

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Despite President Barack Obama's optimism during quick remarks after the Senate vote, reporters remain skeptical.

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#GOP aide tells me Obama's victory speech might delay procedural motion to get bill to House flr, some members POed. It'll still pass

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) Read More"},{"id":"705","created":"17/10/2013 02:14 BST","title":"Members Reportedly Whine About Obama Speech Timing ","tweet_link":"705_members-reportedly-whine-about-obama-speech-timing-","entry_text":"

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#GOP aide tells me Obama's victory speech might delay procedural motion to get bill to House flr, some members POed. It'll still pass

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) Read More"},{"id":"704","created":"17/10/2013 02:01 BST","title":"Mitch McConnell Wins Sweet Deal For Kentucky In $2.9 Billion Budget Bill Earmark","tweet_link":"704_mitch-mcconnell-wins-sweet-deal-for-kentucky-in-29-billion-budget-bill-earmark","entry_text":"

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday, averting a potential debt default and reopening the government while leaving the Obamacare virtually untouched, once passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Though the deal comes with concessions from both parties, McConnell managed to score an earmark that will benefit his home state of Kentucky.

Section 123 of the Senate bill secures $2.918 billion in funding for the Olmsted Lock and Dam Authority for a dam project on the Ohio River being developed by URS Corp., a construction management company. That's a huge boost from the $775 million originally allotted. URS told The Wall Street Journal that the project -- one of the largest taken on by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- would halt without more funding.

Read more here.

-- Ashley Alman

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President Barack Obama said during a press conference tonight that once an agreement arrives on his desk, he will sign the bill \"immediately.\"

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President Barack Obama said during a press conference tonight that once an agreement arrives on his desk, he will sign the bill \"immediately.\"

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Here are the 18 senators, all Republicans, who voted against the final deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default.

Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Jim Risch (Idaho), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), David Vitter (La.).

-- Jennifer Bendery

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Here are the 18 senators, all Republicans, who voted against the final deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default.

Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Chuck Gra...Read More"},{"id":"701","created":"17/10/2013 01:15 BST","title":"UPDATE: Final Senate Vote: 81-18","tweet_link":"701_update-final-senate-vote-8118","entry_text":"

The final Senate vote was 81-18.

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The final Senate vote was 81-18.

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The Senate voted 83 to 16 in the first of two votes Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, hours before the Treasury Department faced the possibility of being unable to pay all of America's bills for the first time in modern history.

Read more here.

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The Senate voted 83 to 16 in the first of two votes Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, hours before the Treasury Department faced the possibility of being unable to pay all of America's bills for th...Read More"},{"id":"699","created":"17/10/2013 01:04 BST","title":"Senators Who Voted 'No' On Cloture","tweet_link":"699_senators-who-voted-no-on-cloture","entry_text":"

16 voted to filibuster deal: Cornyn Crapo Cruz Enzi Grassley Heller Johnson (Wis) Lee Paul Risch Roberts Rubio Sessions Shelby Toomey Vitter

— Roll Call (@rollcall) October 17, 2013

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff and Sabrina Siddiqui report:

The government shutdown is dead. Obamacare is alive.

The Senate voted 83 to 16 in the first of two votes Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, hours before the Treasury Department faced the possibility of being unable to pay all of America's bills for the first time in modern history.

The House was expected to follow, ending the latest damaging battle of divided government in a polarized Congress.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff and Sabrina Siddiqui report:

The government shutdown is dead. Obamacare is ...Read More"},{"id":"697","created":"17/10/2013 00:57 BST","title":"Senate Deal Clears Procedural Vote","tweet_link":"697_senate-deal-clears-procedural-vote","entry_text":"

Senate deal clears procedural vote, 83-16.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

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Senate deal clears procedural vote, 83-16.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

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Divides in Senate GOP leadership on this vote. McConnell and Thune a YES, Cornyn a NO.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

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Divides in Senate GOP leadership on this vote. McConnell and Thune a YES, Cornyn a NO.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

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Divides in Senate GOP leadership on this vote. McConnell and Thune a YES, Cornyn a NO.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) October 16, 2013

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Divides in Senate GOP leadership on this vote. McConnell and Thune a YES, Cornyn a NO.

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WH formally announces support for Senate deal and urges quick passage by both houses....#fnr

— Mike Majchrowitz (@Majchrowitz) 1 year ago<...Read More"},{"id":"693","created":"17/10/2013 00:34 BST","title":"Vote In Progress","tweet_link":"693_vote-in-progress","entry_text":"

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Here we go. The Senate is now taking the first of two votes on the budget deal. Sixty votes needed to pass.

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) Read More"},{"id":"692","created":"17/10/2013 00:24 BST","title":"Votes To Begin Soon","tweet_link":"692_votes-to-begin-soon","entry_text":"

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Senate Dem aide: Votes could begin in the next 10-15 minutes, one on cloture (60-vote threshold) and one on final passage (simple majority)

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) Read More"},{"id":"691","created":"17/10/2013 00:10 BST","title":"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) Praises Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)","tweet_link":"691_sen-charles-schumer-dny-praises-minority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-rky","entry_text":"

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Chuck Schumer says Mitch McConnell "stepped up for the good of the nation. He deserves our thanks."

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) Read More"},{"id":"690","created":"17/10/2013 00:00 BST","title":"Cruz Slams Senate Republicans","tweet_link":"690_cruz-slams-senate-republicans","entry_text":"

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Sen. Ted Cruz is going after Senate Republican colleagues with gusto. Basically calls them gutless.

— David Mark (@PolitixDavid) Read More"},{"id":"689","created":"16/10/2013 23:58 BST","title":"Cruz Speaks Against Bill On Senate Floor","tweet_link":"689_cruz-speaks-against-bill-on-senate-floor","entry_text":"

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"I rise in opposition of the deal," Ted Cruz says on Senate floor. "This is a terrible deal."

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) Read More"},{"id":"688","created":"16/10/2013 23:42 BST","title":"'F**k you, RINO!!!' John Boehner Should Probably Avoid His Facebook Page For Awhile","tweet_link":"688_fk-you-rino-john-boehner-should-probably-avoid-his-facebook-page-for-awhile","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

House Speaker John Boehner posted a note on his Facebook page Wednesday explaining his decision to allow a House vote to reopen the government.

\"Thank you for all of your support and encouragement,\" Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote. \"The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare. Our fight will continue.\"

Despite the backing of House conservatives, many of Boehner's Facebook friends weren't too keen on his decision. Boehner's Facebook fans called him an \"asshat,\" a \"sellout,\" Obama's \"patsy,\" a \"weasel piece of garbage\" and a \"Jellyfish.\"

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

House Speaker John Boehner Read More"},{"id":"687","created":"16/10/2013 23:19 BST","title":"Charlie Dent: Moderates Didn't Thwart Deal, We're The 'Truth-Tellers'","tweet_link":"687_charlie-dent-moderates-didnt-thwart-deal-were-the-truthtellers","entry_text":"

House conservatives aren't thrilled with the way the fight over the government shutdown has ended for them. They're miffed they didn't get any concessions out of Democrats, and some are blaming moderates in their party for forcing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to throw in the towel and accept the Senate's bipartisan deal.

But at least one of those moderates scoffed at the idea that they were to blame for a perceived cave by Boehner.

“I would use the term ‘truth-tellers,’” Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said of moderates, with a laugh. \"Some people have a harder time than others to state the obvious, that's all I can say.\"

Dent recalled that he made news for telling the truth about what it would take to end the shutdown: passage of a \"clean\" funding bill, with no policy concessions attached to it. He was one of the first in his party to endorse that approach, even though conservatives were opposed to it and convinced GOP leaders not to bring it up. Democrats and moderates have been calling for a clean funding bill for weeks, though, and Dent says before the shutdown began, that was exactly what Republican leaders wanted too.

“The only reason I became momentarily famous around here is because I’ve been stating the obvious,” Dent said. “I said all along, we’re going to have to pass a clean [bill]. That was always the House Republican plan ... Somehow that plan got sidetracked.”

-- Jennifer Bendery

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House conservatives aren't thrilled with the way the fight over the government shutdown has ended for them. They're miffed they didn't get any concessions out of Democrats, and some are blaming moderates in their party for forcing House Speaker John Bo...Read More"},{"id":"686","created":"16/10/2013 22:53 BST","title":"National Zoo Panda Cam Is Back!","tweet_link":"686_national-zoo-panda-cam-is-back","entry_text":"

Politico reports that the much-loved panda cam at the National Zoo in Washington will be back up and running on Thursday, if Congress passes a measure Wednesday night to fund the government. The zoo itself will not reopen until Friday morning.

-- Kate Sheppard

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Politico reports that the much-loved panda cam at the National Zoo in Washington will be back up and running on Thursday, if Congres...Read More"},{"id":"685","created":"16/10/2013 22:41 BST","title":"Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, Standard & Poor's Says","tweet_link":"685_government-shutdown-cost-24-billion-standard-poors-says","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

The government shutdown has taken at least $24 billion out of the United States economy, the financial ratings agency Standard & Poor's said Wednesday.

The firm said the shutdown caused it to cut its forecast of gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter by at least 0.6 percentage point. The agency lowered its estimate for GDP growth to close to 2 percent from 3 percent.

The estimate represents a staggering cost to the economy of a completely self-inflicted political catastrophe. Unlike the 2008 economic crisis and other past recessions, the government shutdown had nothing to do with larger economic trends. The numbers show Washington's brinksmanship caused real damage beyond furloughed government workers and the Washington, D.C., region.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

The government shutdown has taken at least $24 billion out of the United State...Read More"},{"id":"684","created":"16/10/2013 22:31 BST","title":"Tea Party's Popularity Reaches New Low","tweet_link":"684_tea-partys-popularity-reaches-new-low","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ariel Edwards-Levy reports:

Unfavorable views of the tea party have nearly doubled over the past two years, making the conservative movement more unpopular than ever, a Pew Research survey released Wednesday finds. Forty-nine percent of Americans now view the tea party unfavorably, while just 30 percent view it favorably -- an 11-point net drop since just this June.

The loss of esteem crosses party lines. A bare majority of Republicans still view the tea party favorably, while 30 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats do.

The poll found that Ted Cruz, one of the most prominent tea party faces in the recent government shutdown, has seen his favorability soar among tea party supporters -- from 47 percent in July to 74 percent today. Among non-tea party Republicans, however, he's at just 25 percent. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saw their unfavorability ratings rise among tea party and non-tea party Republicans alike, according to the poll.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Ariel Edwards-Levy reports:

Unfavorable views of the tea party have nearly doubled over the past two years, ma...Read More"},{"id":"683","created":"16/10/2013 22:24 BST","title":"Tim Huelskamp Compares Obamacare To Hurricane Katrina","tweet_link":"683_tim-huelskamp-compares-obamacare-to-hurricane-katrina","entry_text":"

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) compared the rollout of Obamacare on Thursday to the Bush administration's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster that killed more than 1,000 people and left many homeless.

He laughed when joking about President Barack Obama praising Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her work on Obamacare, given the many technological issues with the websites meant to help people sign up for the program.

\"The president's statement in support of Sebelius seems awfully eerily similar to George W. Bush saying 'Brownie, you've done one heck of a job' in Katrina,\" he told reporters, laughing. \"And to say this rollout is much different than Katrina, I think they're very similar.\"

President George W. Bush made the now infamous remark to then-FEMA Director Michael Brown as problems persisted in the gulf following the storm.

Huelskamp made the remark after a meeting of House Republicans, where they learned a deal would be passed to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, without the concessions on Obamacare that conservatives were aiming for.

-- Elise Foley

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) compared the rollout of Obamacare on Thursday to the Bush administration's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster that killed more than 1,000 people and left many homeless.

He laughed when joking ab...Read More"},{"id":"682","created":"16/10/2013 22:24 BST","title":"Nation Happy to Resolve Debt Ceiling, Still Wonders What It Is: Poll","tweet_link":"682_nation-happy-to-resolve-debt-ceiling-still-wonders-what-it-is-poll","entry_text":"

Emily Swanson, Mark Blumenthal and Zach Carter report:

With a deal to extend the nation's debt ceiling and prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt now appearing all but certain to pass through Congress, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that many Americans hold misconceptions about what raising the debt ceiling actually does.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents to the new poll said that they believe raising the debt limit would directly raise government spending and increase the amount of debt held by the United States, almost as many as the 42 percent who said it would allow the U.S, to pay interest on its debt and for separately authorized spending. Another 20 percent said they're not sure

Read the story here.

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Emily Swanson, Mark Blumenthal and Zach Carter report:

With a deal to extend the nation's debt ceiling and prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt now appearing all but certain to pass through Congress, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll sh...Read More"},{"id":"681","created":"16/10/2013 22:22 BST","title":"McCain Serves Notice To The Tea Party","tweet_link":"681_mccain-serves-notice-to-the-tea-party","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Michael McAuliff reports:

There's a new gang in town, thanks to the government shutdown, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says its mission is to stop people like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) from striking again.

Calling the fiscal showdown a \"shameful\" and \"agonizing odyssey,\" McCain said Wednesday on the Senate floor that at the very least the episode brought together a bipartisan band of 14 senators who crafted a deal that looked very much like the one that Senate leaders ultimately unveiled.

And while McCain didn't mention Cruz or Lee in his floor speech, it was clear he was talking about the tea party pair whom he has previously blamed for starting Congress down the path to crisis.

Read more here and see the video.

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff reports:

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Statement from Virginia Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, who recently released an alternative plan to fund the government, called the America First plan.

“This evening the House will vote on a bipartisan deal to reopen the government; lift the debt ceiling; secure back pay for furloughed federal workers; require a budget conference; and mandate income verification for those seeking health-insurance subsidies under the 'Unaffordable' Care Act. Given the lack of a viable alternative at this moment, I will support this bill.

“It is unacceptable for our country to default. It is equally unacceptable not to address the budget deficits that drive our debt. Every Member of Congress – in the House and in the Senate – must answer this question: what specific plan do you have – or support – to address these budget deficits?\"

Rigell went on to describe his plan, which is largely focused on deficit reduction.

-- Christina Wilkie

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Statement from Virginia Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, who recently released an alternative plan to fund the government, called the America First plan.

“This evening the House will vote on a bipartisan deal to reopen the government; lift the deb...Read More"},{"id":"678","created":"16/10/2013 21:54 BST","title":"Senate, House Line Up Vote Schedule","tweet_link":"678_senate-house-line-up-vote-schedule","entry_text":"

The House Republican Whip's office gives an update on the timing of votes tonight:

The Senate will most likely vote between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. From there, the House will take up the bill, at the earliest, between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. The timing of the House votes depends on how quickly the Senate wraps up its votes and delivers the necessary paperwork to the House.

Whenever the House does vote, it will be the chamber's final votes of the week.

-- Jennifer Bendery

","short_text":"

The House Republican Whip's office gives an update on the timing of votes tonight:

The Senate will most likely vote between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. From there, the House will take up the bill, at the earliest, between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. The timing of ...Read More"},{"id":"677","created":"16/10/2013 21:50 BST","title":"Rep. Mike Rogers: 'I Hope We Have Learned A Lesson' ","tweet_link":"677_rep-mike-rogers-i-hope-we-have-learned-a-lesson-","entry_text":"

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told conservative radio host Mike Huckabee Wednesday that he thinks Republicans could have gotten a better deal out of the shutdown and debt ceiling brinksmanship if they had adopted a different, more compromising strategy.

\"I think we were hobbled in the negotiation by the tactics that were taken,\" Rogers said, adding that he hoped the GOP had \"learned a lesson.\"

Rogers specifically mentioned a delay to the medical devices tax as something Republicans could have gained from a House plan to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. He said that disagreement within the House Republican caucus had prevented a change to the tax from being included in the deal.

\"At some point we've got to shake ourselves out of this and understand, yeah, I'm angry about it too, but being angry and emotional about it is not going to move the ball forward,\" Rogers said. \"We have to play a strategic game here if we're going to advance our goals.\"

-- Jared Gilmour

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told conservative radio host Mike Huckabee Wednesday that he thinks Republicans could have gotten a better deal out of the shutdown and debt ceiling brinksmanship if they had adopted a different, more compromising strategy. <...Read More"},{"id":"676","created":"16/10/2013 21:32 BST","title":"Grover Norquist: Obamacare Hardliners 'Hurt The Conservative Movement'","tweet_link":"676_grover-norquist-obamacare-hardliners-hurt-the-conservative-movement","entry_text":"

Hardline conservatives who risked a U.S. debt default in hopes of defunding Obamacare owe their fellow lawmakers \"a big apology,\" conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said Wednesday.

Norquist, who is perhaps most famous for the pledge not to raise taxes that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, pressures those in Congress to sign, had nothing but disdain for members of Congress who forced a shutdown of the federal government in their failed attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act.

“I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare,\" he said, according to the National Review.

As one of the more unyielding ideologues in the Republican solar system on the question of taxes, Norquist's opposition to the tea party-backed effort to defund Obamacare carried outsized weight among conservatives, and he personified the rift between the pro-business side of the Republican party and the tea party activists, for whom business interests hold less sway.

“They hurt the conservative movement, they hurt people’s health care, they hurt the country’s economic situation and they hurt the Republican party,” Norquist said of the shutdown faction, led by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

He also issued a veiled warning to Republicans hoping to be reelected in 2014, saying “a lot of congressmen and senators are not going to win because we spent three months chasing our own tail — or at least, parts of the conservative movement spent three months chasing their own tail.”

-- Christina Wilkie

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Hardline conservatives who risked a U.S. debt default in hopes of defunding Obamacare owe their fellow lawmakers \"a big apology,\" Read More"},{"id":"675","created":"16/10/2013 21:22 BST","title":"McConnell Shows Tea Party Ted How It's Done","tweet_link":"675_mcconnell-shows-tea-party-ted-how-its-done","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Howard Fineman reports:

More concerned with attacks from the left than the right and eager, as always, to dominate the inside game, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell became the functional head of the Republican Party over the last week as he led behind-the-scenes negotiations to reach a spending and debt deal.

He risked becoming a punching bag for the tea party and its loudest leader, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. But McConnell did not seem to mind ... If this week is any indication, it's Cruz who should be careful in taking on McConnell, a five-term Senate veteran whose syrupy voice and turtle-slow demeanor hide a combative political mind.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Howard Fineman reports:

More concerned with attacks from the left than the right and eager, as alway...Read More"},{"id":"674","created":"16/10/2013 20:55 BST","title":"Senate Republicans: GOP Didn't Gain Anything By Forcing Shutdown","tweet_link":"674_senate-republicans-gop-didnt-gain-anything-by-forcing-shutdown","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery reports:

A bipartisan Senate deal is finally in motion Wednesday to reopen the government and stave off debt default, but not before two weeks of mayhem sparked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party lawmakers intent on using a government shutdown as leverage for defunding Obamacare.

As the dust settles, a number of Senate Republicans are looking around at the rubble and wondering how badly their party may have been damaged by the ordeal. Polls have shown the GOP's popularity plummeting over the last week, just as the tea party lawmakers driving the fight appeared less and less clear what they were fighting for in the first place. In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay, parks and monuments closed, and key federally funded programs -- from Head Start to cancer clinical trials -- endured major blows.

So did Republicans gain anything by forcing the showdown?

\"No,\" Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said flatly. \"I think the answer is no.\"

\"That we know not to go down this road to a shutdown again?\" Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) proposed with a weak smile. \"That may be something, at least.\"

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery reports:

A bipartisan Senate deal is finally in motion Wednesday to r...Read More"},{"id":"673","created":"16/10/2013 20:53 BST","title":"House Republican Meeting 'Like A Locker Room After A Losing Game'","tweet_link":"673_house-republican-meeting-like-a-locker-room-after-a-losing-game","entry_text":"

Emerging from a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, Republican House members seemed to be glumly accepting their fate. \"It was like a locker room after a losing game,\" said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). \"We live to fight another day.\"

Several members predicted that the House vote, when it came, would yield more Democratic than Republican support.

But that did not lead them to immediately blame Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). \"I think more of him than ever,\" said Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.). \"None of this is his fault. He did everything he could to listen to us and be responsive and I say that as a very conservative Republican.\"

But in spite of such sentimental support for Boehner, there was among some members a nagging sense that it had all been for naught.

Did the GOP get anything out of this? I asked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

\"No,\" he said. \"That's an easy one.\"

-- Howard Fineman

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Emerging from a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, Republican House members seemed to be glumly accepting their fate. \"It was like a locker room after a losing game,\" said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). \"We live to fight another day.\"

...Read More"},{"id":"672","created":"16/10/2013 20:48 BST","title":"Heritage Action Pushes 'NO' Vote On Senate Deal","tweet_link":"672_heritage-action-pushes-no-vote-on-senate-deal","entry_text":"

Heritage Action is making the Senate vote on the McConnell-Reid budget deal a key vote -- meaning it will factor into lawmakers' legislative scorecards. The conservative group opposes the Senate deal, saying it \"will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s massive new entitlements from taking root.\"

Heritage Action also opposed the House deal on Wednesday, which resulted in the bill being pulled from the floor.

Read the full statement here.

-- Ashley Alman

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Heritage Action is making the Senate vote on the McConnell-Reid budget deal a key vote -- meaning it will factor into lawmakers' legislative scorecards. The conservative group opposes the Senate deal, saying it \"will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s ma...Read More"},{"id":"671","created":"16/10/2013 20:46 BST","title":"Boehner Expects Government To Reopen Tomorrow","tweet_link":"671_boehner-expects-government-to-reopen-tomorrow","entry_text":"

.@SpeakerBoehner says he expects the government to reopen TOMORROW

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) October 16, 2013

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.@SpeakerBoehner says he expects the government to reopen TOMORROW

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) Read More"},{"id":"670","created":"16/10/2013 20:41 BST","title":"Boehner Says 'The Fight Will Continue'","tweet_link":"670_boehner-says-the-fight-will-continue","entry_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has released a statement on the Senate deal:

The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country's debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare. That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us. In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts. With our nation's economy still struggling under years of the president's policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue. We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.

","short_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has released a statement on the Senate deal:

The House has f...Read More"},{"id":"669","created":"16/10/2013 20:38 BST","title":"This Could All End Tonight","tweet_link":"669_this-could-all-end-tonight","entry_text":"

House Dem maps out expected timing on votes: Senate votes between 5-8, then to House rules, 1 hr floor debate, vote. Could be DONE tonight.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

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House Dem maps out expected timing on votes: Senate votes between 5-8, then to House rules, 1 hr floor debate, vote. Could be DONE tonight.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) Read More"},{"id":"668","created":"16/10/2013 20:36 BST","title":"Chamber Urges Congress: Vote Yes","tweet_link":"668_chamber-urges-congress-vote-yes","entry_text":"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on members of Congress to raise the debt ceiling. In an open letter to members, the world's largest business federation said \"the consequences to the U.S. economy and the American business community of a default are too extreme to be allowed to occur.\"

Traditionally a Republican ally, the Chamber has found itself at odds in recent months with independently funded conservative groups like Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, which have threatened Republican lawmakers with the prospect of a primary challenge if they agreed to compromise terms on the debt ceiling.

In the letter, the Chamber took a swipe at such groups, saying those \"calling for default are clearly less interested in the Main Street concerns of businesses large and small; these groups overlook the point that a default would result in creditors demanding a premium on U.S. debt, which would greatly exacerbate long-term debt, deficit and spending issues. We call on the House, Senate, and Administration to avert this crisis.\"

-- Christina Wilkie

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on members of Congress to raise the debt ceiling. In an open letter to members, the world's largest business federation said \"the consequences to the U.S. economy and the Ame...Read More"},{"id":"667","created":"16/10/2013 20:29 BST","title":"House Dems Reportedly Offer To Help Boehner Keep His Speakership","tweet_link":"667_house-dems-reportedly-offer-to-help-boehner-keep-his-speakership","entry_text":"

Mother Jones' David Corn reports:

About two weeks ago, as tea partiers in the GOP-controlled House were forcing a government shutdown, some House Democrats sent a private and informal message to House Speaker John Boehner: If you need to break with the die-hard conservatives of your caucus to keep the government running and avoid a debt ceiling crisis, we might be able to try to help you protect your speakership, should far-right Republicans rebel and challenge you. This offer was conveyed to Boehner just as he was entering what has turned into the toughest stretch of his speakership, according to two senior House Democratic lawmakers who each asked not to be identified.

Throughout the latest showdown over government spending and the debt ceiling, political observers have noted that Boehner was in a fix because of the stubbornness of a band of 40 or so tea party firebrands within his caucus who have been egged on by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Click here to read more.

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Mother Jones' David Corn reports:

About two weeks ago, as tea partiers in the GOP-controlled House were fo...Read More"},{"id":"666","created":"16/10/2013 20:21 BST","title":"Boehner: 'We Fought The Good Fight, We Just Didn't Win'","tweet_link":"666_boehner-we-fought-the-good-fight-we-just-didnt-win","entry_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told local Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM that he would bring the Senate plan to the House, and would encourage Republicans to vote for the plan.

\"We fought the good fight, we just didn't win,\" he said.

-- Luke Johnson

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told local Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM that he would bring the Senate plan to the House, an...Read More"},{"id":"665","created":"16/10/2013 20:05 BST","title":"Rubio To Vote No On Senate Deal","tweet_link":"665_rubio-to-vote-no-on-senate-deal","entry_text":"

Rubio is a \"NO\" on the Senate compromise.

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) 4 years ago

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Rubio is a \"NO\" on the Senate compromise.

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"664","created":"16/10/2013 20:04 BST","title":"The End Of Debt-Ceiling Crises?","tweet_link":"664_the-end-of-debtceiling-crises","entry_text":"

Jonathan Chait thinks that the end of the current impasse may signal the end of debt-ceiling hostage-taking, period:

But will Republicans continue to hold the debt ceiling hostage indefinitely (or, at least, until a Republican occupies the White House)? I doubt it. The debt-ceiling fight was not brought on by Ted Cruz and his baying hordes. It was actually the preferred strategy of mainstream Republicans, especially Paul Ryan. The Ryanites opposed shutting the government down because they wanted to extort Obama with default. The crazies who favored the shutdown were actually willing to lift the debt ceiling so they could keep the shutdown going.

Read more of his thoughts here.

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Jonathan Chait thinks that the end of the current impasse may signal the end of debt-ceiling hostage-taking, period:

Read More"},{"id":"663","created":"16/10/2013 19:58 BST","title":"Voting Timeframe","tweet_link":"663_voting-timeframe","entry_text":"

Senate will vote around 6 pm-ish on CR/debt ceiling deal, House vote possible somewhere btwn 9-10 pm, according to Hill aides. Then recess!

— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) 2 years ago

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Senate will vote around 6 pm-ish on CR/debt ceiling deal, House vote possible somewhere btwn 9-10 pm, according to Hill aides. Then recess!

— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) Read More"},{"id":"662","created":"16/10/2013 19:44 BST","title":"Immigration Effects","tweet_link":"662_immigration-effects","entry_text":"

From HuffPost's Elise Foley:

The bad blood between House Republicans and President Barack Obama has only worsened since the fight over funding the government and paying its debts, and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) said Wednesday that it had doomed any chances for immigration reform.

After Labrador said during an event with conservative members that they could no longer trust the president on immigration, HuffPost asked him a simple question: Is it dead?

\"I think it is,\" he replied. \"For us to go to a negotiation, to the negotiating table with President Obama after what he has done over the last two and a half weeks, I think would be probably a very big mistake.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From HuffPost's Elise Foley:

The bad blood between House Republicans and President Barack Obama has only worsened since the fight over funding the government and paying its debts, and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) said Wednesday that ...Read More"},{"id":"661","created":"16/10/2013 19:16 BST","title":"Senate Will Likely Go First","tweet_link":"661_senate-will-likely-go-first","entry_text":"

A Senate Democratic leadership aide emails:

\"The Senate will likely act first on the bipartisan agreement struck by Senator Reid and Senator McConnell. The Senate will likely vote in the late afternoon/early evening, but exact timing remains TBD.\"

House Republicans were expected to meet at 3:00 p.m. to talk over their response.

-- Michael McAuliff

","short_text":"

A Senate Democratic leadership aide emails:

\"The Senate will likely act first on the bipartisan agreement struck by Senator Reid and Senator McConnell. The Senate will likely vote in the late afternoon/early evening, but exact timing remains TBD...Read More"},{"id":"660","created":"16/10/2013 19:10 BST","title":"Club For Growth Urges 'No' Vote","tweet_link":"660_club-for-growth-urges-no-vote","entry_text":"

Club For Growth is making the Reid-McConnell deal a key vote for members, meaning it will count in their congressional scorecards. The action may give pause to Republican members in voting for the deal.

Two other influential conservative groups, Heritage Action and FreedomWorks, opposed the House bill Wednesday, leading it to be pulled from the floor.

-- Luke Johnson

","short_text":"

Club For Growth is making the Reid-McConnell deal a key vote for members, meaning it will count in their congressional scorecards. The action may give pause to ...Read More"},{"id":"659","created":"16/10/2013 19:03 BST","title":"White House: Borrowing Authority Actually Runs Out End Of Day Thursday","tweet_link":"659_white-house-borrowing-authority-actually-runs-out-end-of-day-thursday","entry_text":"

White House now says government's borrowing authority runs out at the end of the day Thursday - @PeterAlexander

— Breaking Politics (@breakingpol) 1 year ago

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White House now says government's borrowing authority runs out at the end of the day Thursday - @PeterAlexander

— Breaking Politics (@breakingpol) Read More"},{"id":"658","created":"16/10/2013 19:01 BST","title":"Rep. Jim Jordan Says Attempt To Defund Obamacare A Mistake","tweet_link":"658_rep-jim-jordan-says-attempt-to-defund-obamacare-a-mistake","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Jared Gilmour reports:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the Republican Party erred in holding up funding for the federal government over defunding Obamacare, and instead should have focused on delaying some of the law's provisions for a year.

\"In hindsight, we should have, in my judgment, simply focused on delaying Obamacare ... We should've said, one-year delay, and just stuck with that simple direct message, and said it's unfair to treat Americans in an unequal fashion,\" Jordan told the conservative radio host Bill Bennett.

Read more here.

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\nHuffPost's Jared Gilmour reports:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the Republican Party e...Read More"},{"id":"657","created":"16/10/2013 18:58 BST","title":"GOP Rep: Why Aren't Veterans Treated Like Pot-Smoking Occupy Protesters?","tweet_link":"657_gop-rep-why-arent-veterans-treated-like-potsmoking-occupy-protesters","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

WASHINGTON -- At a House hearing Wednesday over the shutdown's closure of the National World War II Memorial, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) questioned why the National Park Service treated the push to reopen the memorial any differently than the earlier Occupy D.C. movement.

\"Do you consider a First Amendment activity to walk to a monument that you helped build, or is it only just smoking pot at McPherson Square?\" Gowdy asked.

Protesters from the Occupy D.C. movement occupied MacPherson Square for four months from 2011 to 2012 before the National Park Service, which also operates the World War II Memorial, eventually removed them. The memorial has been closed since Oct. 1, when barricades were erected after the federal government -- and agencies such as the Park Service -- were forced to shut down. During the last government shutdown in 1995, the Park Service also acted according to regulations and closed a number of memorials.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

WASHINGTON -- At a House hearing Wednesday over the shutdown's closure of the National World War II Mem...Read More"},{"id":"656","created":"16/10/2013 18:54 BST","title":"Orrin Hatch Heaps Praise On Deal-Maker Mitch McConnell","tweet_link":"656_orrin-hatch-heaps-praise-on-dealmaker-mitch-mcconnell","entry_text":"

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) lavished praise on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for once again brokering a deal to stave off economic calamity.

\"He's a great leader. He's one of the brightest guys who has ever sat in the Senate and in the Congress,\" Hatch told reporters moments after a deal was struck in the Senate to reopen the government and avert a breach of the debt limit.

\"There's no question he's a gutsy, tough and smart man,\" he added.

McConnell stepped in over the weekend to negotiate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), after it became increasingly clear House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could not unite his ever-divided conference around a strategy to end the budget crisis. Hatch said he felt \"badly\" about the way Boehner had been treated \"by members of his own party.\"

This is the third consecutive fiscal showdown where the Kentucky Republican has turned final-stage deal-maker, following the 2011 payroll tax fight and fiscal cliff at the end of 2012.

Many were skeptical McConnell would play a dominant role this time around, as he faces a tough primary challenge in his 2014 reelection bid. The leader nonetheless tried to stop the shutdown in its tracks and ultimately determined enough was enough when the nation came within days of defaulting on its debt.

-- Sabrina Siddiqui

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) lavished praise on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for once again brokering a deal to stave off economic calamity.

\"He's a great leader. He's one of the brightest guys who has ever sat in the Senate and in...Read More"},{"id":"655","created":"16/10/2013 18:41 BST","title":"House Republicans Skirt Question On Mitch McConnell","tweet_link":"655_house-republicans-skirt-question-on-mitch-mcconnell","entry_text":"

After conservative House members railed Wednesday about Republicans who they said backed down on their principles, the representatives then backed away on from attacking the man who eventually came to a deal with Democrats in the Senate: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The Los Angeles Times' Mike Memoli asked at a \"Conversations with Conservatives\" event whether McConnell is \"one of those Republicans who should be, as [Rep. Raul] Labrador, you referred to earlier, looking over his shoulder in the next election.\"

\"I don't comment on senators,\" Labrador (R-Idaho) replied.

\"And I don't comment on senators from my home state,\" Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) quipped.

-- Elise Foley

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After conservative House members railed Wednesday about Republicans who they said backed down on their principles, the representatives then backed away on from attacking the man who eventually came to a deal with Democrats in the Senate: Republican Min...Read More"},{"id":"654","created":"16/10/2013 18:06 BST","title":"House GOP Meeting At 3","tweet_link":"654_house-gop-meeting-at-3","entry_text":"

The House GOP conference is meeting at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, presumably to talk about the emerging Senate deal.

","short_text":"

The House GOP conference is meeting at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, presumably to talk about the emerging Senate deal.

"},{"id":"653","created":"16/10/2013 18:06 BST","title":"Jim Jordan: 'Absolutely No Talk' Of Removing John Boehner As Speaker","tweet_link":"653_jim-jordan-absolutely-no-talk-of-removing-john-boehner-as-speaker","entry_text":"

House conservatives said Wednesday they have no plans to take down John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker, instead turning their criticism toward their GOP colleagues -- as well as the reporters who have pinned the shutdown and potential default on Republicans unwilling to compromise.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Boehner's position as House speaker was safe.

\"There's absolutely no talk of anything along those lines,\" he said at a Conversations with Conservatives event.

Boehner is expected later in the day to hold a vote on a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even though a majority of House Republicans oppose it. Doing so would go against the informal Hastert Rule that says he will not oppose his conference, and he will almost certainly face heavy opposition from House Republicans. Though details have yet to be finalized, a last-ditch effort on Tuesday for a House Republican-led deal failed, and passing a bill with Democratic support may now be the only option to get something done before an Oct. 17 deadline for keeping the government from defaulting on its debts.

Conservatives aren't pleased. \"We're all pretty down today,\" Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said.

Even though Boehner may break the Hastert Rule -- and has done so already on other votes -- the members saved the most withering criticism for other Republicans.

\"I've actually been really proud of Speaker Boehner in the last two and a half weeks,\" Labrador said. \"I don't think that he should be ashamed of anything that he has done. I'm more upset with my Republican colleagues, to be honest with you. It's been Republicans here who apparently always want to fight -- but they want to fight the next fight -- that have given Speaker Boehner the inability to be successful in this fight.\"

\"So if anybody should be kicked out, it's probably those Republicans and not Speaker Boehner, who are unwilling to keep the promises that they made to the American people,\" he continued.

The government has been shut down for more than two weeks as Republicans attempted to defund or delay aspects of Obamacare, but now it is likely to start up again without many wins for the House GOP. Even so, Labrador said the shutdown had been worth it.

\"Any time you stand up for the American people it's worth it,\" he said.

-- Elise Foley

","short_text":"

House conservatives said Wednesday they have no plans to take down John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker, instead turning their criticism toward their GOP colleagues -- as well as the reporters who have pinned the shutdown and potential default on Republica...Read More"},{"id":"652","created":"16/10/2013 18:01 BST","title":"White House Applauds Deal","tweet_link":"652_white-house-applauds-deal","entry_text":"

BREAKING: White House says President Obama applauds Senate compromise to reopen government and hopes to sign into law.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago

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BREAKING: White House says President Obama applauds Senate compromise to reopen government and hopes to sign into law.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Read More"},{"id":"651","created":"16/10/2013 17:58 BST","title":"Tea Party Patriots Not Happy","tweet_link":"651_tea-party-patriots-not-happy","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

Tea Party Patriots statement: \"The Senate deal is a complete sellout.\"

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) 3 years ago

"},{"id":"650","created":"16/10/2013 17:55 BST","title":"Lawsuit Threatened Over Drilling During Shutdown","tweet_link":"650_lawsuit-threatened-over-drilling-during-shutdown","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

WASHINGTON – An environmental group is upping the pressure on the Department of Interior to end drilling and other activities on national parks and public lands during the government shutdown, arguing that allowing those operations to continue violates federal law.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, the Center for Biological Diversity argued Wednesday that the drilling violates the Anti-Deficiency Act, the law barring federal workers from working during the shutdown.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

WASHINGTON – An environmental group is upping the pressure on the Department of In...Read More"},{"id":"649","created":"16/10/2013 17:46 BST","title":"Rand Paul May Back Deal","tweet_link":"649_rand-paul-may-back-deal","entry_text":"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appears likely to support the Senate deal even though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced it. Paul's support is important nationally and in Kentucky, where Senate Minority Mitch McConnell is facing a tea party-backed primary challenger.

Paul, a potential rival of Cruz's for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, has developed a working relationship with McConnell -- even though Paul beat the leader's hand-picked candidate for Kentucky senator in 2010.

-- Howard Fineman

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appears likely to support the Senate deal even though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced it. Paul's support is important nationally and in Kentucky, where Senate Minority Mitch McConnell is facing a tea party-backed primary challe...Read More"},{"id":"648","created":"16/10/2013 17:43 BST","title":"Cruz Admits Defeat","tweet_link":"648_cruz-admits-defeat","entry_text":"

Surrounded by a swarm of cameras and reporters, Sen. Ted Cruz made his way to the lobby of the Senate to admit defeat, claiming that it was never his intention to filibuster the agreement.

He neglected to mention that if he had tried to do so, Reid and McConnell had a little-known and never-used new parliamentary trick up their sleeve.

Passed during the last crisis in January, S. Res 16 says that the Senate can prevent the filibuster of a motion to take up a bill if eight senators from each party -- including the majority and minority leader -- agree to do so.

\"We've never used it before but this would be the first time,\" one senator told me, declining to be named because they were disclosing the leader's strategy.

-- Howard Fineman

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Surrounded by a swarm of cameras and reporters, Sen. Ted Cruz made his way to the lobby of the Senate to admit defeat, claiming that it was never his intention to filibuster the agreement.

He neglected to mention that if he had tried to do so, Re...Read More"},{"id":"647","created":"16/10/2013 17:29 BST","title":"Mitch McConnell Endorses Deal, Hails Sequestration Cuts","tweet_link":"647_mitch-mcconnell-endorses-deal-hails-sequestration-cuts","entry_text":"

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hailed the agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling on the Senate floor Wednesday, but focused most of his remarks on solidifying the sequestration cuts contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011.

\"We're not going back on this agreement,\" he said. \"Let's not understate the importance of the Budget Control Act.\"

-- Luke Johnson

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hailed the agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling on the Senate floor Wednesday, but focused most of his remarks on solidifying the sequestration cuts contained in the Budget Control...Read More"},{"id":"646","created":"16/10/2013 17:28 BST","title":"Harry Reid Announces Deal","tweet_link":"646_harry-reid-announces-deal","entry_text":"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced legislation on the Senate floor to reopen the government through Jan. 15, and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. He hailed it as a \"historic bipartisan agreement\" and said, \"\"This is not a time for pointing fingers or blame. This is a time for reconciliation.\"

-- Luke Johnson

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced legislation on the Senate floor to reopen the government through Jan. 15, and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. He hailed it as a \"historic bipartisan agreement\" and said, \"\"This is not a time f...Read More"},{"id":"644","created":"16/10/2013 17:22 BST","title":"Cruz Won't Delay Either","tweet_link":"644_cruz-wont-delay-either","entry_text":"

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he will not block a deal in the Senate to end the shutdown and avert default.

\"Of course not, I never intended to delay this vote,\" Cruz told reporters. \"The timing would not impact the outcome.\"

Cruz railed against the deal nonetheless, and said he will vote against it, declaring it an example of how the \"Washington establishment\" had failed the American people.

-- Sabrina Siddiqui

","short_text":"

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he will not block a deal in the Senate to end the shutdown and avert default.

\"Of course not, I never intended to delay this vote,\" Cruz told reporters. \"The timing would not impact the outcome.\"

Cruz railed aga...Read More"},{"id":"643","created":"16/10/2013 17:16 BST","title":"Lee Won't Hold Up Deal","tweet_link":"643_lee-wont-hold-up-deal","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Sen. Mike Lee indicates he won't hold up Senate deal. \"I don't have a problem with collapsing time\" once he reads bill.

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) 5 years ago

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BREAKING: Sen. Mike Lee indicates he won't hold up Senate deal. \"I don't have a problem with collapsing time\" once he reads bill.

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) Read More"},{"id":"642","created":"16/10/2013 17:08 BST","title":"Mulvaney On Nixed Bill","tweet_link":"642_mulvaney-on-nixed-bill","entry_text":"

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GOP Rep Mulvaney: part of reason House bill got nixed last night--it lacked a conscious clause for Obamacare contraception mandate.

— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) Read More"},{"id":"641","created":"16/10/2013 16:44 BST","title":"'No Talk' Of A Coup","tweet_link":"641_no-talk-of-a-coup","entry_text":"

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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan: \"absolutely no talk\" of staging a coup against Speaker Boehner.

— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) 4 years ago

Read More"},{"id":"640","created":"16/10/2013 16:32 BST","title":"Senate Party Leaders Finalize Deal","tweet_link":"640_senate-party-leaders-finalize-deal","entry_text":"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed off on a deal Wednesday morning to reopen the government and avert a debt default.

A senior Democratic aide confirms the deal would fund the government through Jan. 15, raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 and require a budget conference to produce a broader deficit reduction plan by Dec. 13. The proposal also includes an income verification requirement for those receiving health care subsidies under Obamacare. Provisions allowing the Treasury Department to use \"extraordinary measures\" to avoid default will remain intact. Sequestration will also remain intact for the time being.

Party leaders are now laying out the proposal to their respective caucuses. As of 11:15 a.m., McConnell was holding a meeting with Republicans to discuss the plan. McConnell and Reid were expected to make an announcement to reporters soon afterward.

The Senate gavels in at noon and a senior GOP aide said lawmakers expect legislative text around then. Asked if Republicans are largely ready to just pass the deal and call it a day, this aide replied, \"I think your assessment is pretty accurate.\"

-- Jennifer Bendery

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed off on a deal Wednesday morning to reopen the government and avert a debt default.

A senior Democratic aide confirms the deal would fund the gove...Read More"},{"id":"639","created":"16/10/2013 16:18 BST","title":"No Decision On House Acting First","tweet_link":"639_no-decision-on-house-acting-first","entry_text":"

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pushed back on reports that the House will act first on a Senate deal to end the shutdown and avert default.

\"No decision has been made about how or when a potential Senate agreement could be voted on in the House,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said following a meeting of House GOP leadership.

A couple hundred feet away, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had gathered his conference to outline the emerging deal and next steps. Several senators said they were also unclear on which chamber would act first, but hoped the House would move on a bill that would expedite the process in the Senate.

A House GOP leadership aide said conservative members of Boehner's caucus would be consulted, which could be a roadblock to wrapping things up quickly.

-- Sabrina Siddiqui

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A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pushed back on reports that the House will act first on a Senate deal to end the shutdown and avert default.

\"No decision has been made about how or when a potential Senate agreement could be vo...Read More"},{"id":"638","created":"16/10/2013 15:57 BST","title":"Boehner Ready To Accept Senate Deal","tweet_link":"638_boehner-ready-to-accept-senate-deal","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Michael McAuliff and Sam Stein report that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is ready to take up the Senate deal to end the fiscal standoff, with less than a day before a potential default. Read more here.

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff and Sam Stein report that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is ready to take up the Senate deal to end the f...Read More"},{"id":"637","created":"16/10/2013 15:41 BST","title":"GOP Senator: Deal In Hand","tweet_link":"637_gop-senator-deal-in-hand","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Republican senator says a bipartisan deal is in hand to reopen government and avoid a default.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago

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BREAKING: Republican senator says a bipartisan deal is in hand to reopen government and avoid a default.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years agoRead More"},{"id":"636","created":"16/10/2013 15:25 BST","title":"The Final Sticking Point","tweet_link":"636_the-final-sticking-point","entry_text":"

A source familiar with the Senate negotiations tells The Huffington Post that the last sticking point between the two parties is how much flexibility -- if any -- agencies should have when dealing with the sequestration spending cuts.

The Senate deal keeps sequestration funding in effect, but also creates a budget negotiation framework that will offer recommendations to deal with it and other matters by Dec. 13. The question now is what to do about sequestration up until that date and what to do if those negotiations fail. The source emails the following:

The White House is objecting to flexibility under sequestration. The two options on the table are Manchin plan which puts choices all on the admin, the other is Collins which allows [congressional appropriators] to move things around, and I don’t think they like that either. That’s the final point being ironed out.

The thinking here, from the White House's perspective, seems to be that if you allow too much flexibility to deal with the sequestration cuts, it would remove any political pressure to replace those cuts. The other worry is that if the administration is given sole responsibility to decide how to appropriate agency money under sequestration levels, it will also be forced to shoulder all of the blame when different groups and lawmakers don't like those appropriations.

This won't imperil negotiations, the source said. But it is a substantively significant sticking point.

-- Sam Stein

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A source familiar with the Senate negotiations tells The Huffington Post that the last sticking point between the two parties is how much flexibility -- if any -- agencies should have when dealing with the sequestration spending cuts.

The Senate...Read More"},{"id":"635","created":"16/10/2013 15:22 BST","title":"House Ready To Take Senate Deal","tweet_link":"635_house-ready-to-take-senate-deal","entry_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is ready to take up the Senate deal to end the fiscal standoff, with less than a day before a potential default, senior Capitol Hill aides said.

Sources said the Senate plan was all but agreed to, but Republicans just wanted to be sure an income verification plan for Obamacare will work and have strong oversight. Democrats wanted to ensure a procedural roadblock can't be thrown in the way of a conference on the budget to be done by Dec. 13. Members were reviewing the final product as of Wednesday morning.

There was also still discussion about moving the legislation quickly, but it appeared that Boehner would take the Senate deal and pass it first in the House. He would have to depend on Democrats to pass it. Democrats in the Senate believed that Republicans there -- including Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) -- would not object, though that was uncertain. If there is no objection, the entire standoff could be over by this afternoon.

-- Michael McAuliff

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is ready to take up the Senate deal to end the fiscal standoff, with less than a day before a potential default, senior Capitol Hill aides said.

Sources said the Senate plan was all but agreed to, but Republica...Read More"},{"id":"634","created":"16/10/2013 15:01 BST","title":"Kelly Ayotte: What Is Ted Cruz Trying To Gain At This Point?","tweet_link":"634_kelly-ayotte-what-is-ted-cruz-trying-to-gain-at-this-point","entry_text":"

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she expects plenty of bipartisan support in the Senate on Wednesday for an emerging deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default. But there's a still a chance that one person, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), could try to gum up the process.

During an interview on CNN, Ayotte said she didn't know what to expect from Cruz, who's been mum on whether he plans to throw up any obstacles to the bill at this very late stage in the debate.

\"It's up to him. I would hope that he wouldn't. I mean, in the Senate obviously in terms of certain time frames, senators can cause to you run out the clock,\" Ayotte said. \"But what's he trying to gain at this point?\"

--Jennifer Bendery

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she expects plenty of bipartisan support in the Senate on Wednesday for an emerging deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default. But there's a still a chance that one person, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), could try to g...Read More"},{"id":"633","created":"16/10/2013 14:55 BST","title":"Sources: Boehner Agrees To Take Up Senate Plan","tweet_link":"633_sources-boehner-agrees-to-take-up-senate-plan","entry_text":"

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Per Sen sources, Boehner has agreed to take up the Senate's plan and allow it to pass with Dem votes.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) ...Read More"},{"id":"632","created":"16/10/2013 13:30 BST","title":"House Republican: 'Get It Over With'","tweet_link":"632_house-republican-get-it-over-with","entry_text":"

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They're ready for what Boehner calls a \"tough vote\"--a vote where the Rs needs Ds to pass it through the House. \"Get it over with,\" says one

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) Read More"},{"id":"631","created":"16/10/2013 13:30 BST","title":"House Republicans Losing Faith In Leadership","tweet_link":"631_house-republicans-losing-faith-in-leadership","entry_text":"

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Good morning. Had breakfast w/ House Rs, who said they're losing faith in their leadership.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) 3 years ag...Read More"},{"id":"630","created":"16/10/2013 13:28 BST","title":"GOP Rep: House Will Pass Senate Deal","tweet_link":"630_gop-rep-house-will-pass-senate-deal","entry_text":"

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) predicted that the House would pass a Senate compromise -- yet to be fully worked out -- negotiated by Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

\"Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are going to work out a deal today. It will come to the House, and it's going to pass,\" Duffy said on MSNBC's \"Morning Joe.\"

He said it would pass with many Democratic votes and a few Republican votes.

\"I don't think you'll see a wide swath of our conservative caucus vote for what comes over from the Senate,\" he said.

-- Luke Johnson

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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) predicted that the House would pass a Senate compromise -- yet to be fully worked out -- negotiated by Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

\"Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are going to work out ...Read More"},{"id":"629","created":"16/10/2013 13:26 BST","title":"Warren Buffett: U.S. Default Would Be 'A Pure Act Of Idiocy'","tweet_link":"629_warren-buffett-us-default-would-be-a-pure-act-of-idiocy","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Billionaire Warren Buffett says it would be idiocy for the nation's leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills.

Buffett is a renowned investor who leads the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. He appeared Wednesday on CNBC.

Buffett says he doesn't think the federal government will fail to pay its bills, but \"if it does happen, it's a pure act of idiocy.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Billionaire Warren Buffett says it would be idiocy for the nation's leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills.

Buffett is a renowned investor who leads the Berkshire Hathaway conglomer...Read More"},{"id":"628","created":"16/10/2013 03:30 BST","title":"GOP Lawmaker Breaks Ranks, Calling On Party To 'Face Reality'","tweet_link":"628_gop-lawmaker-breaks-ranks-calling-on-party-to-face-reality","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) broke ranks from many fellow Republicans Tuesday evening, calling on her party to give up hope of blocking Obamacare in the budget fight.

\"Nothing positive will be achieved by prolonging this shutdown any longer, or crossing the debt limit threshold,\" Herrera Beutler said in a statement. \"It’s time for my colleagues to face reality.\"

Until Tuesday, Herrera Beutler, known as a moderate, had not been among the Republicans calling for a clean continuing resolution to reopen the federal government. She said she stayed silent because she wanted to \"give House Republican leaders leeway to craft the best deal they could.\"

\"But it’s time to reopen the government and ensure we don’t default on our debt,\" she said in her statement. \"I will not vote for poison pills that have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law.\"

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) broke ranks from many fellow Repub...Read More"},{"id":"627","created":"16/10/2013 03:13 BST","title":"Senate Adjourns For The Night","tweet_link":"627_senate-adjourns-for-the-night","entry_text":"

BREAKING: U.S. Senate adjourns until noon ET, tomorrow October 16.

— CNBC (@CNBC) 4 years ago

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BREAKING: U.S. Senate adjourns until noon ET, tomorrow October 16.

— CNBC (@CNBC) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"626","created":"16/10/2013 03:10 BST","title":"Senate Leaders Finalizing Deal","tweet_link":"626_senate-leaders-finalizing-deal","entry_text":"

The McConnell-Reid deal being hashed out Tuesday evening will set spending at current rates through Jan. 15, and lift the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, a source involved in the talks said.

Democrats continue to push for a budget conference to hash out a longer-term spending bill, which Republicans have been balking at since the spring. Final details are being ironed out and an announcement could come as early as Tuesday night.

House Republicans are signaling they will swallow whatever the Senate comes up with.

-- Ryan Grim

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The McConnell-Reid deal being hashed out Tuesday evening will set spending at current rates through Jan. 15, and lift the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, a source involved in the talks said.

Democrats continue to push for a budget conference to hash o...Read More"},{"id":"625","created":"16/10/2013 03:00 BST","title":"Republicans Think Boehner May Emerge Unscathed","tweet_link":"625_republicans-think-boehner-may-emerge-unscathed","entry_text":"

Various R sources don't think today's events harm Boehner. Say GOPers think he fought for them & they can't align around alternative to him.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) 5 years ago

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Various R sources don't think today's events harm Boehner. Say GOPers think he fought for them & they can't align around alternative to him.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) Read More"},{"id":"624","created":"16/10/2013 02:38 BST","title":"Catholic Nun Prays For Moderate Republicans To Have Courage To Stand Up Against Extremists ","tweet_link":"624_catholic-nun-prays-for-moderate-republicans-to-have-courage-to-stand-up-against-extremists-","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Paul Brandeis Raushenbush reports:

Like most Americans, Sister Simone Campbell is feeling desperate about the current stand-off and shut down of the government. So Sister Simone along with an interfaith group of religious leaders decided to do something about it. Over 70 prominent religious leaders joined with locked-out federal workers in a pilgrimage on Capitol Hill this morning; an action organized by Faith In Public Life together with other religious groups.

\"We held a pilgrimage through the capitol to pray that Congress finds the courage to act on behalf of the common good,\" the Catholic nun explained to the Huffington Post over the phone. \"We called upon the offices of moderate Republicans to pray that they would exercise courage and not be intimidated by the extremes in the Republican party.\"

The group processed through the halls of Congress singing 'Amazing Grace', unaware that the House Republican caucus had used the same song to open their session that morning. The multi-faith group visited several Republican offices that had indicated a willingness to find a solution and, according to Sister Campbell, they received a touching reception.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Paul Brandeis Raushenbush reports:

Like most Americans, Sister Simone Campbell is feeling desperate...Read More"},{"id":"623","created":"16/10/2013 02:35 BST","title":"No Announcement Of Deal Tonight","tweet_link":"623_no-announcement-of-deal-tonight","entry_text":"

Senate Dem aide says there won't be an announcement of the deal tonight, even though it's basically there.

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 16, 2013

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Senate Dem aide says there won't be an announcement of the deal tonight, even though it's basically there.

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) Read More"},{"id":"622","created":"16/10/2013 02:34 BST","title":"Boehner Reportedly Tells Reid He Will Move Quickly","tweet_link":"622_boehner-reportedly-tells-reid-he-will-move-quickly","entry_text":"

The office of House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) told the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday night that the House would be willing to send the Senate a \"message\" to speed the procedural process of getting a debt limit and government funding bill.

The communication between the offices of the two leaders was first reported by Salon's Brian Beutler and was confirmed to The Huffington Post by an aide. The aide said the news was delivered after House Republican leaders failed to move their own bill to resolve the standoff.

A message is a legislative vehicle that, if sent from Boehner to the Senate, would allow Reid to skip one cloture vote. This would ensure that if one senator wanted to gum up the works, he or she could only force 30 hours of consideration.

A request for comment to Boehner's office was not immediately returned.

The news signals that Boehner knows the time for staring down the Senate is up.

-- Sam Stein

","short_text":"

The office of House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) told the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday night that the House would be willing to send the Senate a \"message\" to speed the procedural process of getting a debt limit and gover...Read More"},{"id":"621","created":"16/10/2013 01:59 BST","title":"Pelosi Urges Boehner To Move Fast","tweet_link":"621_pelosi-urges-boehner-to-move-fast","entry_text":"

A House Democratic aide told The Huffington Post that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is putting pressure on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to expedite the process to consider any debt limit-government funding deal from the Senate.

The aide emailed the following:

Pelosi is urging, given the short time frame that the House act first meaning that House would take up the Senate agreement between Reid and McConnell and add it to the Senate CR ping pong sitting in the House. So House goes first, then Senate then to WH.

If the House were to act first, it would speed the process somewhat. But there still would be hurdles. A Senate Democratic aide explained that there would be one cloture vote to surpass (as opposed to two in normal proceedings), meaning an individual senator could delay the process up to 30 hours. But every hour helps.

That said, it wasn't clear as of Tuesday night whether Boehner would grant a vote on a Senate deal (which hasn't even been formally announced), let alone move quickly on its consideration.

-- Sam Stein

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A House Democratic aide told The Huffington Post that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is putting pressure on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to expedite the process to consider any debt limit-government funding deal from the Senate.

The ai...Read More"},{"id":"620","created":"16/10/2013 01:53 BST","title":"Republicans May Be Ready To Take Senate Deal: 'It's All Over'","tweet_link":"620_republicans-may-be-ready-to-take-senate-deal-its-all-over","entry_text":"

After House Republicans withdrew their proposed debt deal on Tuesday evening, Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they were ready to reopen negotiations to end the shutdown and avert a default.

Now, House Republican lawmakers and aides are saying they're ready to throw in the towel and accept a Senate deal.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

After House Republicans withdrew their proposed debt deal on Tuesday evening, Read More"},{"id":"619","created":"16/10/2013 01:07 BST","title":"Senate Budget Deal 'Imminent' After House Fails","tweet_link":"619_senate-budget-deal-imminent-after-house-fails","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui and Sam Stein report:

Moments after House Republicans failed to advance a plan to end the government shutdown and avert default, Senate leaders took matters back into their own hands.

Aides to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed the two had reopened talks that were put on hold earlier to allow the House to act first.

A Senate Democratic aide told The Huffington Post on Tuesday evening that a deal between the two was \"imminent.\"

The aide said the deal would hew closely to those earlier talks between Reid and McConnell. It would fund the government through Jan. 15, raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and mandate both chambers appoint budget conferees to produce a broader framework for deficit reduction by Dec. 13.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui and Sam Stein report:

Moments after House Republicans failed to advance a plan to ...Read More"}]

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