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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default
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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default

Oct 16 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

Washington, Oct 16 — Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a...

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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default

Oct 16 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

Washington, Oct 16 — Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

With a key Republican conservative leader Senator Ted Cruz saying he wouldn't try to block the measure, it is now expected to proceed smoothly through both houses of Congress before it reaches President Barack Obama's desk.

"There is nothing to be benefited by delaying this vote a couple of days versus having it today," Cruz, who has been spearheading conservative strategy in the government shutdown fight, told reporters, emerging from a meeting of the Senate Republican conference Wednesday.

"The timing of the vote will make no difference in the outcome so I don't intend to delay the timing of the vote," he said.

The deal, which would fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb 7, is currently expected to be voted on by the Senate late Wednesday afternoon.

The deal, which would also convene a budget conference between the House and the Senate with a mid-December deadline, will then go on to a vote in the House of Representatives.

Both chambers would have to take special steps to get the legislation passed and to send it to Obama's desk before the current US debt ceiling expires Thursday.

Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, had been working overnight to finalise an agreement that had been in the works all week.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Jeff Sessions Kills Senate's Border Funding Bill

Jul 31 2014 7:45pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Ranking Member on the Budget Committee, killed the Senate's $3.6 billion border funding bill on Thursday evening after Democrats could not get enough votes to waive his budget point of order.  After Sessions raised the point of order because the legislation violated the Budget Control Act, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the Appropriations Chair and author of the bill, moved to waive all points of border on the bill. But sh ...
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3 hours ago

Report: Jeff Sessions Takes Down GOP Border Bill by Lobbying House

Jul 31 2014 7:44pm CDT | Source: Big Government

House Republican leaders are frustrated that they had to pull their $659 million border bill on Thursday, after Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) convinced enough Republicans to stand up for American workers and vote against a bill that did not explicitly prevent President Barack Obama from unilaterally granting work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who will become the new House Majority Whip on Friday, saw this vote as his first test. And according to National ...
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Dem Rep Slams GOP for Folding to 'Speaker Cruz'

Jul 31 2014 7:06pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Thursday on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Warner," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blasted Republican leadership for letting “Speaker Cruz” "call the shots," which caused a delay of the August recess, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) battled over the bills details. Van Hollen said, “It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today." He added, ...
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3 hours ago

Senate Fails On Border Crisis Funding

Jul 31 2014 6:57pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Efforts by Congress to approve money for what most deem a crisis along the southern border were in shambles on Thursday evening, after the Senate failed to approve its funding bill and the House was forced to rework its plans to win more Republican votes. The Senate legislation would have provided $2.7 billion to care for and help deport many of the more than 57,500 unaccompanied minors who have been ...
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6 hours ago

Mike Lee: Congress Should Not Pass Any Border Bill that Doesn't Solve Root of Problem: Obama's Executive Amnesty

Jul 31 2014 4:25pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) began speaking on the U.S. Senate floor about the border crisis in the wake of chaos on the House side of Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to not support any legislation that doesn’t get at the root of the problem: President Obama’s executive orders granting amnesty to illegal aliens through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or other programs. According to a copy of the speech Lee’s office provided to Breitbart News ahead ...
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Bonus Quote of the Day

Jul 31 2014 2:59pm CDT | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

"In order for Washington to work better, and for Republicans to work better, and for Republicans to come together to defend conservative principles, we need to build relationships between both chambers and I'm working hard to do so." -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the Washington Post, on his efforts to derail the border bi ...
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Sessions Helped Tank Border Bill

Jul 31 2014 2:50pm CDT | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

"Some Republicans frustrated over the last-minute collapse of support for a border bill have been blaming Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But it turns out they may have the wrong Republican senator in their sights," the Washington Examiner reports. "A number of sources on Capitol Hill say lobbying by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions helped sway that state's House delegation against the bill, leading to the collapse... Aides said that Sessions' behind-the ...
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8 hours ago

No, National Parks Don’t Cause Problems For Border Control

Jul 31 2014 2:48pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration. CREDIT: AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Viapando The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe fr ...
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9 hours ago

Boehner cancels House vote on border bill amid Cruz-inspired disarray

Jul 31 2014 1:49pm CDT | Source: Politics Now - Los Angeles Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border -- but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his job impossible ...
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10 hours ago

Americans Melt Phone Lines Against Boehner's Immigration Bills in Hours Before Vote

Jul 31 2014 11:53am CDT | Source: Big Government

The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills.  The Capitol Hill switchboard line was busy when Breitbart News called at 11:30 a.m., in response to Speaker John Boehner’s effort to pass a supplemental funding bill that has minor policy changes—and includes a separate vote on language dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arriva ...
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