October 17, 2013 After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job Thursday. But that might not be that simple.
October 16, 2013 With hours left before the country tops its borrowing authority, the Senate-crafted, bipartisan measure moves to the chaotic lower chamber. Party leaders are hoping to pass it with a coalition of votes from Democrats and Republicans. The bill — which makes no major changes to the new health care law — would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and avert a default.
October 15, 2013 The House tried twice to craft a proposal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, but both failed to find traction within the GOP. Now, the Senate has restarted talks of its own. The bottom line, however, is that with just hours to go before the U.S. tops its borrowing authority, there's no solid plan on the table.
October 11, 2013 With the partial government shutdown in its 11th day, there's much speculation about a possible break in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. But despite the noise, very little seems firm.
October 10, 2013 Many of those in the potentially pivotal group are from competitive congressional districts and differ from their GOP colleagues in important ways.
October 4, 2013 The day centered on a quote attributed to an unnamed source. But one thing President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could agree on: Nobody's winning in Washington.
October 1, 2013 Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
September 30, 2013 Surveys conducted in the past week or so by Pew, CNN and Gallup show that more Americans think a shutdown would be the fault of Republicans rather than the president.
September 24, 2013 Some conservative Republicans don't think a government shutdown will hurt them ... Former House GOP leaders say Speaker Boehner and his team have it far harder than they did ... George W. Bush defends the present golfer in chief.
September 19, 2013 The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.
March 1, 2013 In the end, President Obama and other Democrats had less leverage than Republicans because of a fundamental asymmetry: Large federal spending cuts alarmed Democrats; Republicans, not so much.
February 28, 2013 The measure's reauthorization showed us again that as much as the two sides of the aisle in the House often can't seem to stand each other, they remain lashed together when it comes to issues that divide Republicans but unite Democrats.
May 3, 2012 Obama administration officials, congressional Democrats and others have repeatedly charged Republicans with trying to strip money from women's health to pay to keep interest rates on some student loans from doubling. But as journalists, including NPR's own Julie Rovner, have pointed out, that doesn't appear to be true. Still, a MoveOn.org ad appearing Thursday repeats the charge.
July 19, 2011 The Founders knew the U.S. House would sometimes be unruly, confused and contradictory, like the very citizens the lawmakers represented. So, one way to look at what's going on with House Republicans right now in the debt-ceiling crisis is that they're living up to the expectations the revolutionary generation had for Congress, at least the People's House.
July 14, 2011 If a deal to boost the U.S. debt ceiling is reached between President Obama and congressional GOP leaders, more than likely it will require as many House Democrats' votes as possible to pass since any pact Obama would agree to is probably incapable of drawing much if any support from the House's Tea Party Republicans.So even they're in the minority, what the House's progressives think matters.