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Congress approves bill to avoid default, open government, ending 16-day stalemate
A short-term debt deal won't end fierce dynamics that killed past bids for a bigger accord
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.
Collapse for shutdown effort, then new optimism: Chances seen good for approval on Wednesday
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.
Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic
Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority
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.
House-passed bill to deliver back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate
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.
In White House meeting, Obama tells lawmakers he still won't negotiate on funding government
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.
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.
No shutdown end in sight: Democrats, Republicans trade blame as parks, museums, offices close
Senate clears bill to pay military in case of shutdown
First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared
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.
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.
With less than 48 hours to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, Republicans trade blame
Top Senate Democrat says his chamber will reject House GOP plans to delay, change Obamacare