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GOVERNMENT REOPENS AFTER CONGRESS PASSES BUDGET DEAL, RAISES DEBT LIMIT

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:37

The Washington Post Thursday October 17, 2013
 
Federal agencies, parks, museums and monuments began to reopen Thursday morning, after a chastened Congress ended a bitter funding standoff that triggered a 16-day government closure and drove the nation toward the brink of default.
 
The agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) funds agencies through mid-January, calls hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raises the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
 

DISABLED VETERANS AND SURVIVING SPOUSES MIGHT NOT GET THEIR COMPENSATION AND PENSION CHECKS ON NOVEMBER 1ST IF THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN CONTINUES

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:35

Wednesday October 9, 2013
 
If the shutdown doesn’t end soon, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) won’t be able to ensure that checks go out on November 1st for disabled veterans and their families. 
 
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who is at this time testifying before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, warns that the shutdown is harming veterans; and if it continues into late October disabled veterans who depend on their compensation and retirement checks to pay their bills will probably not be paid.
 

WHO WILL BLINK FIRST? Boehner says no cuts, no debt deal.

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:32

CNN Politics Monday October 7, 2013 by David Simpson and Brianna Keilar
 
As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its seventh day Monday, the countdown to a government debt default drops to ten days.
 
A default is widely regarded as a much bigger economic disaster than the shutdown of non-essential services. President Barack Obama has demanded that Congress raise the debt ceiling, and avoid default, without conditions.
 

SHUTDOWN ANGER AIMED MOSTLY AT GOP

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:50

ABC News October 2, 2013 by Abby D. Phillip
 
Quinnipiac University’s latest poll finds Republicans not winning either on their strategy or on the substance of the issue, and that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to shutting down the government in an attempt by Tea Party Conservatives to block the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Law.
 
The Democratic National Committee said the last 24 hours of this shutdown debacle gave them the best fundraising windfall they’ve had all cycle.
 

REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGICAL CRUSADE IS TO BLAME FOR THE SHUTDOWN

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 19:24

CNN Politics Tuesday October 1, 2013 by Holly Yan and Tom Cohen
 
Republicans forced an unnecessary budget crisis in their single-minded effort to dismantle health care reforms. The shutdown is intended to hinder government efforts to provide health insurance to 15% of the U.S. population that doesn’t have coverage.
 
It’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda.
 

U.S. GOVERNMENT IS SHUT DOWN: 800,000 Workers Go Without Pay, And It Doesn’t Stop There

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:44

CNN Politics October 1, 2013 by Holly Yan and Tom Cohen

Washington (CNN) -- The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.

Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight and the shutdown of their government.

For weeks, the House and the Senate blamed and bickered, each claiming they're standing up for what the public wants.

In the end, it led to the one outcome nobody wanted -- one that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.

CNN POLL: GOP Would Bear the Brunt of Shutdown Blame

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 10:10

CNN Politics Monday September 30, 2013 by Paul Steinhauser
 
Washington (CNN) -- If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.
 

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