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Congress passes deal to reopen government, bill heads to President Obama

The Senate and House both voted Wednesday night, passing a bill that reopens the government and funds agencies through Jan. 15, permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature, which he has said he will sign immediately.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:46pm EDT

On the edge: House shutdown plan fails; now Senate

Collapse for shutdown effort, then new optimism: Chances seen good for approval on Wednesday

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:36am EDT

Debt ceiling default 'uncharted territory' for federal workforce

Two weeks into a government shutdown that has hamstrung federal agencies and sent large sections of their employees home without pay, Congress is heading for another last-minute showdown this time over raising the government's borrowing authority, known as the debt ceiling.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 04:29pm EDT

Shutdown deal in sight? Reid, McConnell optimistic

Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:34am EDT

Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown

Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority

Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:10am EDT

Reid, McConnell fail to agree on shutdown deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation's borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen a government still shuttered on its 14th day.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 04:01am EDT

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

House-passed bill to deliver back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 04:30am EDT

Senate Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

emocrats controlling the Senate plan to move quickly toward a vote to allow the government to borrow more money, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown as the time remaining to stop a first-ever default on U.S. obligations ticks by.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 04:28am EDT

Obama to Congress: No negotiations to reopen govt

In White House meeting, Obama tells lawmakers he still won't negotiate on funding government

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 10:30am EDT

OMB management nominee offers peek into priorities, style

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laud Beth Cobert's private sector experience. But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Senate leaders do not plan to debate or vote on any nominations during the shutdown.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 07:38pm EDT
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OPM final rule: Lawmakers, staff eligible for gov't contribution in exchanges

The Office of Personnel Management has made it official: Lawmakers and their staff members are required to purchase health insurance from one of the Affordable Care Act's health-insurance exchanges --but the government will still contribute toward their premiums. OPM issued the final rule, which goes into effect immediately, Wednesday.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 04:47pm EDT

Your fault! No shutdown end; Dems, GOP trade blame

No shutdown end in sight: Democrats, Republicans trade blame as parks, museums, offices close

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 03:12am EDT

Senate clears bill to pay military in shutdown

Senate clears bill to pay military in case of shutdown

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 10:20am EDT

Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 03:33am EDT

Government shutdown: 4 things feds should know

For thousands of federal employees who head to work today, it won't be to execute their agencies' missions, but to shut down their computers, fill out a timesheet and, in some cases, hand over their BlackBerry smartphones. Here are four things feds should know as they prepare for the first government shutdown in more than 17 years.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Congress: The Wizards of Oooze

If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Who'll blink? Dems, GOP in shutdown stare down

With less than 48 hours to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, Republicans trade blame

Monday - 09/30/2013, 03:38am EDT

Top Senate Dem: House GOP Obamacare plan won't fly

Top Senate Democrat says his chamber will reject House GOP plans to delay, change Obamacare

Sunday - 09/29/2013, 12:28pm EDT

Shutdown looming: Weekend showdown at the Capitol

Shutdown drama: Senate votes to avert it, but duel with House extending into the weekend

Saturday - 09/28/2013, 03:58am EDT

Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

A government shutdown could furlough 800,000 federal employees. The shutdown could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:12am EDT
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